California Newspaper Publishers Association honored the Ramona Sentinel with three awards in the statewide annual Best Newspapers Contest.
Sentinel photographer Tim Hall, now teaching digital photography at Ramona High School, took first place for his sports photo showing Ramona High’s Terra Klem spiking the volleyball during a Bulldog win over Helix High.
Judges chose the photo for top honors over all weekly entries in California in the 4,301 to 11,000 Circulation Division in the 2010 contest. The Sentinel’s current circulation is 14,100.
In addition, the Sentinel earned a certificate of appreciation for general excellence in the prestigious contest, placing it among the top 10 percent of state entries in its division that advanced to the final Blue Ribbon Judging.
The Sentinel also received a certificate of appreciation for its photo essay of the 2010 Ramona Rodeo. Hall again was the photographer.
“While your entry was not selected for first or second place, we would like to congratulate you on being a finalist in the 2010 CNPA Better Newspapers Contest,” the framed certificate reads.
The awards were presented Saturday during the CNPA’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.
Ramona Sentinel marked its 125th anniversary as the community’s weekly newspaper in March.