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MDC Student Newspapers Win 18 Awards at Florida Community College Press Association Convention

MDC Falcon Times and Metropolis Staff

(L–R) Falcon Times and Metropolis adviser Manolo Barco, Falcon Times illustrator Akeem Mayers, Falcon Times features writer Jeannie Rodriguez, Falcon Times editor-in-chief Rebeka Bonnie Silva, Metropolis opinions editor Gabriel Garcia-Vera, Falcon Times entertainment editor Monique Dos Anjos, and Falcon Times news editor Michael Finch II.

Miami, November 5, 2009 - Akeem Mayers dreams of creating his own comic book, someday. For now, he is content receiving multiple recognitions for his work as illustrator for The Falcon Times, the award-winning student newspaper at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus. Mayers recently won three first place awards at the Florida Community College Press Association’s (FCCPA) annual convention and awards ceremony.    

Mayers, a native of Trinidad, bested all community college students in Florida for best illustration, editorial cartoon and comic strip. The 20-year-old was also awarded special recognition with an Inner Circle Award for winning three awards.  

MDC’s three student newspapers – The Falcon Times, the Catalyst and the Metropolis – won 18 awards at the FCCPA Convention held in Ocala, Fla.   

“I'm honored to know that my work got quite a bit of recognition, and it's all thanks to The Falcon Times,” Mayers said. “I joined the newspaper to contribute my work, collaborate ideas with the staff and to compete with whomever I consider competition. I'm nowhere near as good as I intend to be, but winning these awards further motivates me to set the bar higher so I can reach my potential.  It's a good feeling and that motivation will burn inside of me for a long time.”

The Metropolis, the student newspaper at MDC’s Wolfson Campus won first place for design (Pedro Alvarez) and best sport column (Ignacio Rodriguez) and the Catalyst, the student newspaper at MDC‘s Kendall Campus, won for best news photo with a powerful snap shot of President Barack Obama by Russell Quinoa. The submissions were from the 2008-09 school year and judged in 18 categories. 


Pedro Alvarez, Best Design, Metropolis.

Akeem Mayers, Best Illustration, Falcon Times.

Akeem Mayers, Best Comic Strip, Falcon Times.

Akeem Mayers, Best Editorial Cartoon, Falcon Times.

Russell Quinoa, Best News Photo, Catalyst.

Ignacio Rodriguez, Best Sports Column, Metropolis


Melody Aleman, Comic Strip, Catalyst.

Katherine Concepcion, In-Depth Reporting Catalyst.

Jennifer Bridgette Fumero, General Column, Catalyst.

Laura C. Morel, Feature Writing, Falcon Times.

Savanna Stiff and Yamel Lora, News Story, Metropolis.

Erick Torres, Sports Column, Catalyst.

T K Xynn, Feature Photo, Metropolis


Pedro Alvarez, Illustration, Metropolis.

Anahi Cortada, Design, Falcon Times.

Fedelin Fanfan, Advertising Design, Falcon Times.

Daniel A. Masip, Humor Writing, Falcon Times.

Julian Pinheiro, Feature Story, Catalyst.


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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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