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From left, Tower Design Editor Courtney Leinen, ACP Executive Director and former Tower Advisor Laura Widmer, current Tower Advisor Steven Chappell, current Tower Editor-in-Chief Haley Vickers and Tower Managing Editor Elizabeth Brown display the Pacemaker award presented to Tower Oct. 22 at the Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention in Washington, D.C. (Submitted photo)

From left, Tower Design Editor Courtney Leinen, ACP Executive Director and former Tower Advisor Laura Widmer, current Tower Advisor Steven Chappell, current Tower Editor-in-Chief Haley Vickers and Tower Managing Editor Elizabeth Brown display the Pacemaker award presented to Tower Oct. 22 at the Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention in Washington, D.C. (Submitted photo)

    Oct. 25, 2016

    Tower yearbook captures Pacemaker at national media convention

    Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower yearbook was named a Pacemaker winner Oct. 22 at the 2016 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

    The 2015 Tower was led by Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Schriver, who graduated last spring with her bachelor’s degree in interactive digital media with a new media emphasis and is now employed as the marketing and communications coordinator at SMA Sports in Kansas City, Kansas. 

    Schriver, who was editor-in-chief of Tower for three years, was a Pacemaker finalist for her first book in 2014, but it was her second that brought home the gold to Northwest Missouri State University. Her third yearbook, the 2016 Tower, will be submitted for the Pacemaker in December, and the winners for 2016 will be announced at the fall convention in October 2017. 

    “I'm thrilled to have finally been awarded the Pacemaker,” Schriver said. “It was something the staff always dreamed of and worked toward.” 

    She added, “We would always compare our work to Pacemaker books and now we are one. To actually have won after being a finalist all those years validates all the work we put into that book. I couldn't be more proud of everyone who worked on it.”

    Director of Student Publications Steven Chappell, who advises the yearbook, said he was extremely proud of the students’ work and their accomplishment. 

    “These students spend countless hours working on the yearbook, and for that work to be rewarded as being recognized as the best in the nation speaks not just to their dedication but also to the education and training they receive at Northwest,” Chappell said. “I am honored to be their advisor and to be able to watch them grow and learn as journalists while producing Tower."

    Tower, along with The Northwest Missourian, is also in the ACP Hall of Fame for its excellence over the years. The yearbook has been a perennial Pacemaker finalist and last won a Pacemaker in 2012 for the 2011 book. 

    Pacemaker awards are presented in each fall by ACP for books printed during the previous calendar year and are considered the preeminent award a college media publication can receive. 

    Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on criteria that includes coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468