Scrimmage in the Snow - AHS Football

Anacortes High School quarterback and free safety Joseph Cutter dodges a Burlington-Edison player during a scrimmage game in the snow in this February 2021 photo. The photo won the second-place color sports action photo award from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association during an Oct. 8 ceremony, one of 21 awards received by the Anacortes American for work in the past year. 

The Anacortes American was honored with 21 awards, including eight in first place, for its journalistic efforts over a year’s time by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association during a ceremony Friday, Oct. 8. One of the most prestigious awards was presented to reporter Richard Walker, who was named News Writer of the Year.

This year’s WNPA contest, judged by category among small newspapers across the state, represented work published from April 2020 through March 2021.

Among the awards received:

First Place

News Writer of the Year: Richard Walker

Health/Medical Story: Families meet through glass at hospital by Briana Alzola

Environmental Story: Partnership led to $64 million in site cleanups by Richard Walker

History Feature Story: Final days for old Anacortes fish plant by Richard Walker

Animal Feature Story: State enlisting public in battle with hornets by Richard Walker

Sports Feature Story: Anacortes Soo Bahk Do excels at nationals by Briana Alzola

Short Personality Profile: First woman fire chief appointed by Richard Walker

Video: Elwin Vernon’s Birthday by Questen Inghram

Second Place

History Feature Story: 135-year-old house destroyed by fire by Richard Walker

Animal Feature Story: Wolf Hollow rescues over 200 animals by Questen Inghram

Short Personality Profile: Schools superintendent finds his footing by Briana Alzola

General News Photo: City gets new line for water treatment by Questen Inghram

Color Sports Action Photo: Scrimmage in the snow by Briana Alzola

Third place

Investigative Reporting: City’s pre-cleanup costs add up by Richard Walker

Social Issue Story: Teen leads silent march to support Black Lives Matter by Richard Walker

COVID-19 Coverage: Virus takes toll on singing group by Richard Walker

Sports Feature Story: Woman reaches goal of walking 2,020 miles by Briana Aolzola

Short Personality Profile: New director of state parks from Anacortes by Questen Inghram

Color Feature Photo: Celebrating graduates by Briana Alzola

Video: Sunken ship lifted from Guemes Channel by Questen Inghram

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