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February 7 2022

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Milton Ontiveroz, a corporate communications specialist at the University of Washington, was awarded first place for “UW Success Stories” in the annual Wyoming Press Association Associates group competition for the state’s public relations professionals. Maria Montaño, left, and her eldest daughter, Ada Montaño Mochati, both of Sheridan, have been among the subjects of the students’ success stories. (UW photo)

The University of Wyoming Corporate Communications and Marketing specialists and the University of Washington Communications Coordinator received nine awards during the annual Wyoming Press Association (WPA) Partner Group Competition.

The winners were announced at the WPA Annual Winter Meeting last weekend in Casper. The conference attracts Wyoming newspaper professionals and WPA affiliate members—many of whom are public relations professionals—to attend workshops, seminars, and speakers.

The WPA conference culminated in an awards program where major newspapers were named into three divisions (Daily, Sheridan Press; Big Weekly, Douglas Budget; and Small Weekly, Pinedale Roundup). Individual award winners in several categories have also been announced.

In the Associates competition, Chad Baldwin, Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the University of Washington, won the first place award; Milton Onteferose, a corporate communications specialist at the University of Washington, has received three media writing awards; Media specialist Ron Buddle won two writing awards.

Ali Grossman, a video producer for corporate marketing at the University of Washington, has won two awards for her work.

Emmeline Ostlind, communications coordinator at the UW Haub School of the Environment and Natural Resources, was named third for the school’s magazine.

“The wonderful work of the faculty, staff, and students at the University of Washington provides an abundance of good stories to tell our state, the nation, and the world, and we are happy to share them,” Baldwin says. “It is great that these efforts are being recognized.”

This year’s competition drew entries from communications professionals from across the state. University of Washington employees competed against media representatives such as those from various Wyoming state departments, Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater County and public relations firms in the area.

WPA Associates members, including UW members, attended five workshops during the conference.

Ontiveroz is the statewide chair of Associates Members, and represents the Associates on the WPA Board of Directors. He is the second person to hold this position in the association’s 29-year history.

Listed are the UW team members with their individual awards, the competition categories they won, the titles of their entries and the judges’ comments for each entry:

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— Baldwin, 1st Place, 1 press release, “Researchers Find Broad Effects of Political Polarization.” The judges said, “Careful study of an important subject, written in a clear and easily digestible manner.”

Awards won by Antiviros:

First place, three features on the same topic, “University of Washington Success Stories.” The judges said, “Three very well written articles on three UW success stories.”

– 2nd Place, 1 feature, “UW Cowgirl Beats Cancer.” The judges said, “This piece came in second, but just barely. It was a well-written essay that highlighted the struggles and achievements of the subject without using it as a mere model for inspiration.”

-Third Place, three issues on the same topic, “National College Finals in Rodeo”. The judges said, “Good job! Entertaining and informative with enough rodeo culture to make it completely original.”

Podell Awards:

– Second place, three issues dealing with the same topic, “Forest fires”. The judges said, “Excellent job distilling the very artwork into fantastic versions.”

– Second place, three features dealing with the same topic, “Wildlife Issues”. The judges said, “The pieces were very well written and informative.”

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Grossman Awards:

– 1st Place, Short Video – Shorter than 1 minute, “University of Washington student plays key role in University of Washington economists’ research on the pandemic.” The judges said, “Nice, brief and to the point. I would have liked to know more about the research specifically, but it probably isn’t possible in a short video.”

– 2nd Place, Long Video – Longer than 1 minute, “UW Research Spotlight.” The judges said, “High quality video production, as one would expect from the only public university in the state. Good selling points for the program.”

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– Ostlinde, the third place for “Al-Gharbi Convergence” publications. The judges said, “Great cover photo! This magazine does a great job of taking readers through the many layers of the road environment. It is captivating, illustrated and well written. Your efforts are very worthwhile.”

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