The Laurel Leader won six awards, including a first-place award for photography, in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association's 2012 editorial contest.
The awards were for newspapers in Division D, non-dailies with a circulation more than 20,000, and were announced at the annual MDDC luncheon Friday, May 17.
The newspaper's 2012 awards include:
• First place Feature Photo for Phil Grout's cover photo "Flip Dip," of Laurel Municipal Pool lifeguard Bubba Mullins and his dog, Rusty, playing at Doggy Dip Day at the pool.
• Second place for Spot News for Leader staff, including Editor Melanie Dzwonchyk, staff reporters Sara Toth and Luke Lavoie and former Howard County Times Editor Pete Pichaske, for coverage of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
• Second place for Feature Story Profile for Sara Toth's follow-up with the Giddings family a year after Lauren Giddings was slain.
• Second place for Feature Story Nonprofile for David Greisman's story on the 40th anniversary of the assassination attempt on former Alabama Gov. George Wallace at Laurel Shopping Center during Wallace's 1972 presidential bid.
• Second place for General News Photo for Jen Rynda's cover photo of Laurel High 2012 graduate Jasmine Chadwick receiving a hug from Assistant Principal Michael Dinkins at last year's graduation.
• Second place for Arts/Entertainment Reporting for Gwendolyn Glenn's review of sexism and horse racing in Venus Theatre's "Devil Dog Six."
The Laurel Leader is published by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Baltimore Sun Community Newspapers won 83 awards overall, including Newspaper of the Year for the Howard County Times in Division E, non-dailies with a circulation from 10,000 to 20,000; and the Aegis, which tied with the Catholic Review for Division D.