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Laurel Leader wins press association awards

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...