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MetroWest Newspapers honored during 2014 Colorado Press Association convention

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DENVER — The staff of MetroWest Newspapers won multiple honors in the 2013 Colorado Better Newspaper Contest, announced during an awards ceremony Feb. 22 during the Colorado Press Association’s annual convention.

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Sports Editor Steve Smith won first-place honors in Class 1 for Best Sports Story. His entry, “Harrison returns to the game he loves,” appeared in the Jan. 9, 2013, edition of the Carbon Valley Farmer & Miner. The story recounted Frederick High School basketball player Nathan Harrison’s experience of suffering an ACL tear and working his way back into the lineup for the Warriors.

Smith also took home the second-place award in the same category for “Beyond Friday Night Lights: Making the Switch to the College Ranks,” which originally appeared in the July 10, 2013, edition of the Farmer & Miner, chronicling former prep student-athletes from the Tri-Towns and their experience moving from high school to college, both in terms of athletics and academics.

Smith also was awarded third place in the Class 1A Best Photo Essay category for a pictorial that appeared in the April 23, 2013, edition of the Commerce City Sentinel Express. Titled “Up and Running,” the photo essay chronicled the Adams City High School track team during the Maxine Ehrman Invitational track meet in Westminster. Judge’s comments on the photo essay noted it “covered all aspects of the track meeting with a variety of good pictures.”

Reporter Gene Sears took home first-place honors in the Class 1 Best Feature Story category for his cover story, “The world in her eyes,” from the Sept. 26, 2012, edition of the Fort Lupton Press. The story chronicled Colorado State University professor Dr. Temple Grandin’s visit to Fort Lupton Middle School and her presentation about her work in animal behavior, living with sensory issues and finding the right path in life.

“We don’t go out each day, reporting and taking photos, with awards at the forefront of our minds,” said Managing Editor Chris Harrop in reaction to MetroWest’s honors. “Our focus is on being a part of the community and furthering the conversations, culture and stories of the people we serve. Nevertheless, we’re honored and humbled by this recognition.”