(April 24, 2012)

Members of the news, editorial, sports, photography and web design staffs of The Aegis, The Record and APG News received 37 awards in the 2011 Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association's Editorial Contest.

In addition to individual and team awards, The Aegis was named Newspaper of the Year among the association's non-daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 20,000. That award, based on the number of awards earned by the staff, was the third for The Aegis. The paper also won Newspaper of the Year in 2001 and 2008.

Aegis editorial cartoonist Nils Johnson also received a Best in Show award among all entries, regardless of circulation classification, for his poignant commentary on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks entitled, "Still Hurts Doesn't It?"

The awards were given out during a luncheon Friday at the BWI Sheraton Four Points Hotel. This year's entries in 46 categories of writing, reporting, photography, page and graphics design and multimedia excellence were judged by members of the Montana Press Association.

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Individual and team awards were as follows:

The Aegis - Division D - Non-daily papers above 20,000 circulation

1st Place - 13 awards:

Editorial - Jim Kennedy, "Echoes of 1861;"

Local column, feature or humor, Jim Kennedy, "Another O! So Disappointing Baseball Season;"

General news story, Rachel Konopacki, "10 Years in Death of Three;"

Investigative reporting, Bryna Zumer and Allan Vought, "Exec's Legal Fees on Probe Paid;

State government reporting, Kayla Bawroski and Marissa Gallo, "Playing to Win,"

Public service reporting, Bryna Zumer, Kirsten Dize and Jim Kennedy, "Eye on Nuke Plant;"

Spot news photo, Matt Button, "Folks Stand Helpless as Their Home Burns;"

Sports story, Dewey Fox, "Fallston Game Against Elkton Ends in Fight;"

Non-daily sports column, Randy McRoberts, "Substance Abuse and Athletics a Bad Mix;"

Business reporting, Bryna Zumer and Allan Vought, "Harford's Dairies on the Decline;"

Environmental reporting, Bryna Zumer, "Harford's Purple Prism Puzzle; Stink Bugs Back for Another Season;"

Headline writing, Ted Hendricks, "A-Salt on the Icy Mess;" and

Editorial cartoon, Nils Johnson, "Still Hurts Doesn't It?" Best in Show.