KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette received nine Mark of Excellence Awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Conference here Saturday.

Six of the recipients were winners, and three were finalists, according to a press release from the school. Each category has one winner and two finalists.

The Vermilion, the UL student weekly, was the winner in the best affiliated website category.

Kailey Broussard, a junior journalism major from Lafayette, was the winner in both general news photography and online news reporting for The Vermilion.

Dan Boudreaux, a December 2016 journalism graduate from Opelousas now with the Houma Courier, was the winner in breaking news reporting and a finalist in general news reporting, for two of his articles published during his internship with the Acadiana Advocate.

Garrett Ohlmeyer, a December 2016 sports information graduate from Lafayette now with the Houma Courier, was the winner in online sports reporting for his work on Ragin’ Wire, a website run by students enrolled in UL’s multimedia journalism course.

Karley Nugent, a senior journalism major from New Orleans; Heather Osbourne, a May 2016 journalism graduate from New Orleans; and Chelsea Yaeger, a senior journalism major from Brooklyn, New York, were co-winners in the online feature reporting category for a story they produced and published on Ragin’ Wire. Nugent also was a finalist in online news reporting for her work on Ragin’ Wire.

Holly Duchmann, a May 2016 journalism graduate from Pearl River now with the Houma Courier, was a finalist in general news reporting for her work as an intern with The Acadiana Advocate.

Region 12 is composed of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The awards were for articles published during the 2016 calendar year. Winners in each category will advance to the national Mark of Excellence competition.

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