The Laurel Leader won five awards, including two first-place awards, in the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association's 2011 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, April 20.
The newspaper's 2011 awards included:
• Editor Melanie Dzwonchyk won second place for her editorial, "Mud-slinging campaigns in city were short on issues."
• Photographer Jen Rynda won second place in the feature photo category for her photograph of Russett swim team's Hicks sisters.
• Former reporter Gwendolyn Glenn won...