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Vandalia Leader wins three MPA awards

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott, right, receives three Missouri Press Association awards from MPA President Phil Conger.

Ron Schott, General Manager/Editor of The Vandalia Leader, received three awards during the Missouri Press Association’s 146th Annual Celebration held on Saturday, September 22 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo.
Schott received Honorable Mention honors for the prestigious Tilghman Cloud Memorial Editorial Award in the Weeklies-Class 2 category. The award was given to him for his editorial on the district basketball seedings process.
Comments from judges noted Schott’s “good analysis and explanation” of his reporting process.
A feature story written about a homeless man visiting Vandalia and dressing up as Captain American gave Schott an Honorable Mention award for “Best Feature Story.”
Judges said Schott wrote “a truly unique story that allows readers to become more informed of homeless veterans.”
A third place award was given to Schott in the “Best Story About Religion” category for his article about Pastor Dean Frey’s trip to Haiti.
Judges noted Schott had a “good story about the life-changing trip of a small town pastor and a call to service.”
Schott was handed the awards on stage from MPA President Phil Conger, publisher of the Bethany Republican-Clipper.
While at the ceremony, Schott visited briefly with former publishers of The Vandalia Leader, Gary and Helen Sosniecki.