The Houstonian editorial staff, as well as members of the Houstonian advertising staff both attended state conferences this past weekend and made an excellent showing. The Houstonian attended the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference in Wichita Falls, Texas and competed in live events as well as attended seminars and a job fair. The Houstonian was awarded 11 total awards at the Saturday morning awards brunch.The newspaper awards are: o 1st place sports feature writing: Brandon Autrey for his examination of the life of intramural refereeso 1st place on-site headline writing: Kendra Willebyo 1st place front page layout: Election Day Editiono 1st place feature writing: Billy Loveless for his feature on Tripodo 2nd place sports page design: Matthew Normand and Brandon Autrey for their basketball preview editiono 2nd place sports column writing: Brandon Autrey for his commentary on the lack of fan attendence at SHSU sporting eventso 2nd place on-site sports writing: Jeff Wicko 3rd place best-of-show: Staff o 3rd place sports news: Jeff Wick for his article on the Bearkat basketball team’s conference clinching victory o Honorable mention news writing: Amee Allen for her article on an SHSU teacher protest of senior exit examso Honorable mention news feature writing: Jeff Wick for his examination of a former Bearkat football player who committed suicide “It is very nice to have all our hard work rewarded at the state level,” said Jeff Wick, Houstonian editor-in-chief.The Sam Houston Chapter of Sound Advertising Minds attended the National Student Advertising Competition in Amarillo, Texas over the weekend. The group has been preparing a presentation for the past year on a case study that was given to them by the national organization. The group created a 40-page book, which included public relations, advertising, a budget, as well as a timeline for an advertising campaign for an advertising client. Tracy Chidester, Hector Lezano, Cheryl Janes, Amanda Bright and Marisela Lopez all presented the project at the state conference. The presentation was awarded seventh place out of 15 schools, which is a four-place jump in the standings from last year’s project. “We put a whole lot of hard work into this year long project and while we are always striving to be the best, we are content with our excellent showing,” said Lopez, the Houstonian’s production manager.