Copeland Named Student Writer of the Year

In the Higher Goals contest at the Evangelical Press Association that took place earlier this month in Chicago, 2011 Grace College journalism major graduate Steve Copeland won a fourth-place award for his work in the publication, Sports Spectrum, were Steve did one of his journalism internships.


The award was given out by the Evangelical Press Association, a professional association of the Christian periodical publishing industry. The 2010 Higher Goals Awards were presented at the EPA annual conference on May 4-6, 2011 in Chicago. The awards given honor the best work done by EPA publications throughout the year.


Copeland’s piece which captured the fourth place title for the student writer of the year category is called “A Fighting Chance,” with Editor Brett Honeycutt. The article was about NFL player Stevie Baggs and his journey to finally playing in the NFL after fighting injuries, hardships, doubts, and numerous rejections. Before giving up on his dream to play professional football, Copeland explains that Baggs was given a chance, “A Fighting Chance.”


Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”


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