ORU Student Newspaper wins Sequoyah Award

Oral Roberts University's student newspaper, The Oracle, recently won the Sequoyah Award from the Oklahoma Press Association (OPA). This award distinguishes The Oracle as the best college or university newspaper in the state.

The Sequoyah Award is set up on a point system in which articles are submitted then awarded points in a variety of categories. The school with the most points from the awards competition is given the Sequoyah Award.

This is the first year that OPA has extended this award to college newspapers. The competition included colleges such as Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, The University of Oklahoma, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Rose State College, Tulsa Community College and the University of Central Oklahoma.

The Award banquet was held Friday February 4. The Oracle staff was unable to attend due the blizzard that hit Okla. earlier that week. Students had no idea until the news reached them through email.

"At first we were just so excited when we heard about the individual awards we won, but when we got the news about winning the Sequoyah award, we all just about jumped out of our seats," said Oracle Editor-in-Chief Bryce Merkl. "The Sequoyah Award was such a nice affirmation of our hard work, journalistic excellence and relevant content. We are thankful to the Oklahoma Press Association for this prestigious award."

Other awards ORU received were:
*News Content: 2nd place
*Layout & Design: 1st place
*Advertising: 1st place
*Personal Columns: 2nd place
*News writing: 3rd place
*Feature writing: 2nd place
*Sports Coverage: 2nd place
*Photography: 4th place