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Grand Junction Free Press nabs several writing awards at CPA

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Yours truly, the Grand Junction Free Press, took home nine awards for its news, feature and column writing Feb. 23 at the Colorado Press Association's 135th annual Convention and Awards Ceremony in Denver.Longtime staff writer Sharon Sullivan nabbed six total awards, including three first-place finishes. This adds to the eight CPA awards she's won in previous years.Caitlin Row, who joined the paper in May 2012, earned her first two CPA awards; one of note was a first-place in the Best Health Feature Story category.The list of accolades are as followed:• 1st place - Best Feature Story - "HOT Pursuit" by Sharon Sullivan (GJPD's Homeless Outreach Team)• 1st place - Best Health Feature Story - "No limits to what you can do" by Caitlin Row (Kids battling type-1 diabetes through athletics)• 1st place - Best Education Story - "Greatest outdoor classroom in the valley" by Sharon Sullivan (Colo. Nat'l Monument grants which make school field trips possible)• 1st place - Best Agriculture Story - "Grow food year round with aquaponics" by Sharon Sullivan (Spotlight on a type of farming being done in the valley)• 3rd place - Best Feature Story - "The perpetual artist" by Sharon Sullivan (Local woman who creates art out of everything)• 3rd place - Best Education Story - "Turning it around" by Sharon Sullivan (Clifton Elementary's significant progress as a 'turnaround' school) • 3rd place - Best Environmental Story - "Uranium Tailings: An international problem" by Sharon Sullivan (Coverage of a conference held in GJ)• 3rd place - Best Sports Story - "Living his dream" by Caitlin Row (GJ Rockies stadium announcer Ryan Bigley)• 3rd place - Best Serious Column Writing - "The language of suicide" & "Why your great-grandkids (probably) won't be listening to the Beatles" by Arn McConnell aka Craven LovelaceThis is the third year in a row Sullivan has taken first place for Best Feature Story in circulation class 5, which includes weeklies around the state with a circulation of 7,001 or more such as the Denver Business Journal, Arvada Press, Broomfield Enterprise, Columbine Courier and several others.And Row's Best Sports Story third-place award came as a welcome surprise to the newsroom, given that the Free Press doesn't have a traditional sports writing department.The contest period was for articles written between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.Visit and use the search box to find the stories above which garnered awards.

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