Optic staff

Optic sports editor Gabriel Myers (left), editor Phil Scherer, freelance reporter Ryan Lowery and graphic designer Maria French-Sanchez hold their awards from the New Mexico Press Association banquet last weekend. 

The Las Vegas Optic staff brought home 10 awards from the annual New Mexico Press Association Better Newspaper contest. 

This year’s contest included entries from July 2020 through June 2021. 

Optic Editor Phil Scherer earned first place awards in news writing and editorials. 

Sports editor Gabriel Myers earned second place in the sports writing and sports column categories. 

Graphic designer Maria French-Sanchez earned first place in the house advertisement and black and white advertisement categories. She also earned second place in the black and white advertisement category. 

Freelance reporter Ryan Lowery earned first place in the continuing coverage category. 

Scherer, Sanchez and Lowery also earned the Sunshine Award, which recognizes the best example of covering issues of transparency. This year, The Optic dedicated an issue of the newspaper specifically to government transparency in Las Vegas. 

The Optic staff also received first place in the design and typography category. 

This year’s contest was judged by the Utah Press Association. 

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