The Flare newspaper won sweepstakes for the 30th time in the last 31 years at the Texas Community College Journalism Association’s (TCCJA) annual fall meeting and competition Oct. 6-7 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The KC newspaper staff also earned first place in Overall Excellence for its print edition and second in Overall Excellence for the Flare Magazine during the canned competition.

Sarah Redford, White Oak sophomore, took second place in copy editing during the on-site contests.

TCCJA is made up of 16-member colleges with eight colleges in each division, as determined by enrollment for newspaper competition.

All magazines compete against each other in an open division. Entries submitted to the canned competition include items published from fall 2016 to spring 2017.

The Flare’s adviser is Rachel Stallard and O. Rufus Lovett is the photography adviser.

Stallard and Lovett are co-advisers on The Flare Magazine.

Meaghan Morton, of Trinidad, was the 2016-17 Flare editor and Timothy Stuckey, of White Oak, edited The Flare Magazine.

Additional awards include:

First place: Newspaper Advertising — Meaghan Morton; Newspaper News Writing — Meaghan Morton; Magazine Cover Design — Timothy Stuckey; Picture Page/Panel — Tina Marie Reed; and Sports Photography – Tiffany Johnson.

Second place: Newspaper News Photo — Tiffany Johnson; Newspaper Sports News Story — Allison Taliaferro; Picture Page/Panel — Grace Garcia, Tiffany Johnson, Sarah Redford and Tina Marie Reed; and Sports Feature — Da’Jah Thompson.

Third place: Newspaper Sports News Story — Allison Taliaferro.

Honorable Mention: Magazine Photo — Diana Castillo; Newspaper Editorial Writing — Staff; and Newspaper In-Depth/Investigative — Leah Bryce.