Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 16, 2010) - The Threefold Advocate, John Brown University’s student newspaper, was awarded the top student newspaper honor in the state by the Arkansas College Media Association on April 9. The Advocate took first in general excellence, beating the other 12 Arkansas colleges and universities represented, including the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University. The University of Central Arkansas took second place in general excellence and Harding University placed third. “All the editors have been passionate about putting out a quality paper every week and have wanted to make improvements,” said Senior Grace Pennington, Advocate editor-in-chief. “The award is a reward for all the hard work the staff has put in.” Pennington received the honor of Newspaper Editor of the Year and Senior Jason Flack, Advocate designer, was named Designer of the Year. JBU student journalists senior Brandon Benefield, junior Elizabeth Chance, junior Hannah Jeppsen, sophomore Russell Hixson, senior Anna Mulder, sophomore Brittany Reading, sophomore Jenny Redfern, sophomore Kristy Stevenson, sophomore Taylor Wood, Flack and Pennington were honored with 20 additional individual awards in various categories of writing, photography and design. The ACMA’s annual awards ceremony was held in Fayetteville this year. The Threefold Advocate also took first in general excellence in 2008.