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Miami Dade College’s Award-winning Student Literary Magazines Shine Once Again in Local, State and National Competitions

Magazines 2011

Miami, November 21, 2011 - At Miami Dade College (MDC), students are encouraged to explore other areas of study and activities that foster their creativity and understanding of the world. Some MDC students have found their creative voices by writing and designing the College’s five literary magazines and have in the process discovered a new passion. Such passion is evident in the quality of the magazines they produce, which have all consistently won multiple awards from various organizations each year.

This year, the editors of the student literary magazines celebrate winning multiple state, regional and national awards and recognitions.


Axis - North Campus

Florida College System Press Association, Division B (state)

1st Place, Art Works, Lester Sanchez

2nd Place, Poem, Nathalia Perez

2nd Place, Photography, Jessica Alvarez, Quincy O’Bryan and Rachel Walke

2nd Place, Cover, Alfredo Sarmiento

3rd Place, Non-fiction, Hira Shabbir

3rd Place, Contents Page, Nathalia Perez, Alfredo Sarmiento

Honorable Mention, Design, Alfredo Sarmiento

Café Cultura - Hialeah Campus

Columbia Scholastic Press Association (national)

2nd Place: Overall Design, Elizabeth Fernandez

2nd Place: Literary Portfolio, Elizabeth Fernandez

Certificate of Merit: Typography, Elizabeth Fernandez

Community College Humanities Association (regional)

2nd Place: Southern Division; Victoria Saavedra

Florida College System Press Association, Division A (state)

1st Place, General Excellence  

1st place: Best Design, Elizabeth Fernandez

1st Place: Best Editing, Victoria Saavedra, Isuet Ribot

1st Place: Best Poem, Jennifer Cruz

2nd Place: Poetry, Isuet Ribot, Jennifer Cruz, Carl Canizares

2nd Place: Illustration with Text – Individual, Sadiel “Speedy” Ruiz

2nd Place: Illustration with Text – Magazine, Michael Sanchez, Sadiel “Speedy” Ruiz, George Calonge

2nd Place: Photo, George Calonge

2nd Place: Staff page, Sadiel “Speedy” Ruiz

3rd Place: Fiction, Victoria Saavedra

Inner Circle of Excellence (for winning awards in 3 or more categories): Sadiel “Speedy” Ruiz

Miambiance – Kendall Campus

Associated Collegiate Press (national)

Pacemaker Finalist

3rd Place, Best of Show

Columbia Scholastic Press Association (national)

Gold Circle Award (to be awarded March 2012)

Poetry: Open (free) form

3rd Place, Daniel Fernandez

Fiction: Traditional
Circle Merit, J.C. Urbina

Overall design: Literary Magazine
Circle Merit, Grace Dopico and Alyssa Perez  

Typography Lettering, calligraphy or creative use of letterforms

Circle Merit, Alyssa Perez

Single illustration: hand-drawn
2nd Place: Yetunde Babaloa 

3rd Place: Felipe Melendez 

Portfolio Illustration

Marcelo Mendes, Christy Jacobs

Photography: Portfolio of work

Circle Merit, Raelyn Docampo  

Literary Multi-page presentation

2nd Place: Alyssa Perez

Literary portfolio

Alyssa Perez

Community College Humanities Association (regional)

1st Place: Southern Division

Honorable Mention, Poetry, National competition: Daniel Fernandez

Honorable Mention, Fiction National competition: J. C. Urbina

Florida College System Press Association, Division B (state)
1st Place, Fiction: Blanca Lopez

1st Place, Staff Page: Alyssa Perez

2nd Place, General Excellence

2nd Place, Nonfiction: Michelle Torres

2nd Place, Art Works – general: Natalie Valdes, Marco Mendes, Daniele Gabriel

2nd Place, Illustration with Text - Individual: Natalie Valdes

2nd Place, Design: Alyssa Perez

2nd Place, Poem: Daniel Fernandez

3rd Place, Illustrations w/ Text–General: Zatara McIntyre, Daniele Gabriel, Abel Flores

3rd Place, Editing: Grace Dopico, Alexza Morales, Bryan Aguilar, Carolina del Busto

3rd Place, Poetry: Alcides Decena, Daniel Fernandez, Jennifer Rowe

Inner Circle Award (for winning awards in 3 or more categories): Alyssa Perez

Metromorphosis – Wolfson Campus

Community College Humanities Association (regional)

3rd Place: Southern Division

Honorable Mention, Art, Carolina Gonzalez Lopez-Henriquez

Florida College System Press Association, Division B (state)

1st Place: Photography, Luis Castañeda and Carolina Gonzalez Lopez-Henriquez

2nd Place, Photo, Carolina Gonzalez Lopez-Henriquez

2nd Place, Art, Facundo Raganato

2nd Place, Staff Page

2nd Place, Illustrations w/ Text–General, Carolina Alamilla, Carolina Gonzalez Lopez-Henriquez and

Serena Ramos

3rd Place, Design, Luis Castañeda and Jessica Fadel

3rd Place, Fiction, Robert Blank

Urbana – InterAmerican Campus

Florida College System Press Association, Division A (state)
1st Place, Illustration with Text-Individual, Melissa Larrocha

1st Place, Illustrations with Text – General, Michelin Javier, Melissa Larrocha and Laura Loret de Mola

3rd Place, Photography, Bertha Campo

3rd Place, Poetry, Rachel Delgado  

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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