Judy Thomas and Lee Hill Kavanaugh won first place prizes from the Society of Feature Journalists competition.
Thomas won first place in the feature specialty category for her series on altar boys and a sexual predator priest. Kavnaugh won first place for a story about a 10-year-old boy whose pilot father was shot down in Afghanistan; that was in the short story category. Copy editor Sharon Hoffmann won third place for headline writing. Ink reporter Dugan Arnett won honorable mention in the general features category for his story on Fred Phelps’ daughter.