- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri 2015 APME News Writing and Photojournalism/Graphics Contest winners:

News Writing Sweepstakes

Laura Bauer, The Kansas City Star, “Little Boy Lost”.

Photojournalism Sweepstakes

Laurie Skrivan, J.B. Forbes, Cristina Fletes, Robert Cohen, David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Ferguson, a Year Later”.

AP Member of the Year

(Tie) Columbia Daily Tribune and the Columbia Missourian.

General Excellence

Division I, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Division II, Springfield News-Leader; Division III, Columbia Daily Tribune; Division IV, (tie) Daily Star-Journal and The Sedalia Democrat; Division V, Cassville Democrat.

Division I (Daily circulations of more than 50,000)

Best Website: 1, Staff, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “stltoday.com”.

Feature Writing: 1, Laura Bauer, The Kansas City Star, “Little boy lost”; 2, Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Father’s legacy”; 3, Doug Moore, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Suit search”.

Headline Writing: 1, Staff , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Favors, fines grease wheels”; 2, Lacey Burnette, Jennie Critchlow-Crabbe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “When money trumps rights”; 3, Josh Renaud, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “A senior year, mostly lost”.

Opinion Writing: 1, Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Our promise”; 2, Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “The martyrdom of Tom Schweich”; 3, Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “One year after Ferguson”.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: 1, Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star, “Ignoring the Terror Within”; 2, Jennifer S. Mann,Jeremy Kohler,Stephen Deere, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Abuses in municipal courts”; 3, Jason Hancock, Dave Helling, Mara’ Williams, Steve Kraske, Scott Canon, The Kansas City Star, “The wolves of Jefferson City”.

Sports Feature Writing: 1, Andy McCullough, The Kansas City Star, “The night Kansas City baseball came back to life”; 2, Sam Mellinger, The Kansas City Star, “The Tao of Hud”; 3, Vahe Gregorian, The Kansas City Star, “Learning to fly”.

Spot News: 1, Staff , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Flooding”; 2, Kevin McDermott, Virginia Young, Alex Stuckey, Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Schweich suicide stuns, saddens”; 3, Staff, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Turmoil at Mizzou”.

Spot Sports: 1, Staff, The Kansas City Star, “Royalty: KC wins World Series”; 2, Staff, The Kansas City Star, “Wichita State beats KU”; 3, Derrick Goold, Benjamin Hochman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Cubs say Hey!”.

Photojournalism/Graphics

Feature Photos: 1, Tammy Ljungblad, The Kansas City Star, “Moving wall visit”; 2, Christian Gooden, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Leaping into the levee break”; 3, Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Halloween parade”.

Graphics: 1, Josh Renaud, Dan Martin, Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Build a new St. Louis”.

Photo Story: 1, Laurie Skrivan, J.B. Forbes, Cristina Fletes, Robert Cohen, David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Ferguson, a year later”; 2, Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Recovering from an overdose”.

Sports Photos: 1, Shane Keyser, The Kansas City Star, “Davis and Butera celebrate series win”; 2, Huy Mach, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “MU Coach Gary Pinkel retires”; 3, David Eulitt, The Kansas City Star, “Jamaal Charles diving touchdown”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Christian Gooden, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Guarding the firefighters”; 2, Huy Mach, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Flash Flooding in Festus”; 3, David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “gunfire erupts near high school football game”.

Division II (Daily circulations between 22,000 and 49,999)

News Writing

Best Website: 1, Staff, Springfield News-Leader, “News-Leader.com”.

Feature Writing: 1, Steve Pokin, Springfield News-Leader, “That boat game me hope”; 2, Dave Hon, St. Joseph News-Press, “Marijuana legalization faces opponents in o”; 3, Thomas Gounley , Springfield News-Leader, “Who designed this cup? The internet wants to know”.

Headline Writing: 1, George Stanton, St. Joseph News-Press, “Dreadlocked and loaded”; 2, Staff , Springfield News-Leader, “Goose is cooked”; 3, Cheryl Whitsitt, Springfield News-Leader, “Now I know why people get married”.

Opinion Writing: 1, Steve Pokin, Springfield News-Leader, “Rational man took irrational way out “; 2, Sony Hocklander, Paul Berry, Cheryl Whitsitt, Springfield News-Leader, “We will not accept discrimination”; 3, Paul Berry, Cheryl Whitsitt, Sony Hocklander, Springfield News-Leader, “Repeal new exposure ordinance”.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: 1, Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News-Leader, “Behind bars for just thinking? “; 2, Thomas Gounley, Springfield News-Leader, “From patient to defendant - getting sued over medical bills”; 3, Claudette Riley, Springfield News-Leader, “How kids sneak drugs into schools”.

Sports Feature Writing: 1, Chris Bils, St. Joseph News-Press, “Captain Kadence”; 2, Chris Schoonover, St. Joseph News-Press, “Bearcat Brawler”; 3, Jim Connell, Springfield News-Leader, “Walk This Way”.

Spot News: 1, Claudette Riley, Stephen Herzog, Valerie Mosley, Springfield News-Leader, “Officer shot”; 2, Clinton Thomas, Alonzo Weston, St. Joseph News-Press, “Harsh audit deals heavy blow to district; Audit draws stunned reaction”; 3, Wes Johnson, Springfield News-Leader, “December flooding”.

Spot Sports: 2, Chris Bils, St. Joseph News-Press, “Another masterpiece”.

Photojournalism/Graphics

Feature Photos: 1, Guillermo Hernandez Martinez, Springfield News-Leader, “Hurray for football!”; 2, Jessica Stewart, St. Joseph News-Press, “Summer splash”; 3, Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, “Reflections on a rainy day”.

Graphics: 1, George Stanton, St. Joseph News-Press, “Flat seam baseball comes to the MIAA”.

Photo Story: 1, Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, “Road to recovery”; 2, Valerie Mosley, Springfield News-Leader, “Now I know why people get married”; 3, Valerie Mosley, Springfield News-Leader, “New mother off the streets”.

Sports Photos: 1, Guillermo Hernandez Martinez, Springfield News-Leader, “Rough ride”; 2, Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, “A-OK”; 3, Guillermo Hernandez Martinez, Springfield News-Leader, “Running wild “.

Spot News Photos: 1, Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, “Hole in one?”; 2, Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, “Branson flooding”; 3, Jessica Stewart, St. Joseph News-Press, “A gruesome discovery”.

Division III (Daily circulations between 6,000 and 21,999)

Best Website: 1, Staff, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Columbia Daily Tribune Online”.

Feature Writing: 1, Kasia Kovacs, Columbia Missourian, “Quest for justice drives MU hunger striker”; 2, Amy Wilder, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Mother and child reunion”; 3, Mark Schremmer, The Joplin Globe, “A Cuban boy’s dream “.

Headline Writing: 1, Doug Waggoner, Jefferson City News Tribune, “Digging into our buried past: Nancy Thompson wanders old cemeteries and earns genealogists’ dying gratitude”; 2, Dennis Faught, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Winners fit to be tied”; 3, Doug Waggoner, Jefferson City News Tribune, “Tapping local thirsts to raise funds: Battle of brews proceeds to help trio of organizations”.

Opinion Writing: 1, Carol Stark, The Joplin Globe, “Our View: The Entitlements are over”; 2, Richard McGonegal, Jefferson City News Tribune, “No offense, but equipment trumps motto”; 3, Richard McGonegal, Jefferson City News Tribune, “County must stop channeling tax dollars to charities”.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: 1, Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Sharp End”; 2, Alicia Stice, Columbia Daily Tribune, “IBM layoffs”; 3, Kasia Kovacs, Columbia Missourian, “The short, controversial life (so far) of MU’s leader”.

Sports Feature Writing: 1, Aaron Reiss ,Jacob Bogage, Columbia Missourian, “The life of today’s black athlete”; 2, DANIEL JONES, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Elijah Mayfield is building his legacy”; 3, Tony Hawley, Jefferson City News Tribune, “One-of-a-kind: Plans for handicap-accessible golf course”.

Spot News: 1, Staff, Columbia Missourian, “UM President out”; 2, Debby Woodin, The Joplin Globe, “Criminal probe sought: City receives lowest possible rating from state auditor”; 3, Jodie Jackson Jr., Columbia Daily Tribune, “Same-Sex Marriage”.

Spot Sports: 1, Michael Mandell, Columbia Missourian, “Gary Pinkel and Mack Rhoades address football situation”; 2, Aaron Reiss, Columbia Missourian, “A wild day on campus”; 3, David Morrison, Joe Walljasper, Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Pinkel retirement”.

Photojournalism/Graphics

Feature Photos: 1, Don Shrubshell, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Missouri Chess Championship “; 2, Laurie Sisk, The Joplin Globe, “Bend it like Badr”; 3, Laurie Sisk, The Joplin Globe, “Third Thursday dancers”.

Photo Story: 1, Daniel Brenner, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Twilight for Sunset “; 2, Daniel Brenner, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Helen’s Heroes “; 3, Roger Nomer , The Joplin Globe, “First graduation from new high school”.

Sports Photos: 1, Laurie Sisk, The Joplin Globe, “Diving for extra yards”; 2, NICK SCHNELLE, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Wrestling Dominance”; 3, Don Shrubshell, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Collision at the Goal”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Nick Schnelle, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Shooting on Forest and Grand Avenues “; 2, Daniel Brenner, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Chapel Road Fire “; 3, Daniel Brenner, Columbia Daily Tribune, “Truck Rollover “.

Division IV (Daily circulations of less than 5,999)

Best Website: 1, Staff, The Monett Times, “www.monett-times.com”.

Feature Writing: 1, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “I want the brownie”; 2, Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Battle for bats”; 3, Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post, “River funding on ice”.

Headline Writing: 1, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Insects at a picnic? Well, that sounds… Yummy”; 2, Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Getting the ax”; 3, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Heads-up investigators flip coin thief on his tail”.

Opinion Writing: 1, Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Plea for a PDMP”; 2, Murray Bishoff, The Monett Times, “Magic of Roaring River”; 3, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Hancock should do right thing - resign”.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: 1, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Racial Profiling”; 2, Danny Henley, Hannibal Courier-Post, “The cost of energy investments”; 3, Jennifer Ditlevson Haglund, Maryville Daily Forum, “Finding local daycare is no child’s play”.

Sports Feature Writing: 1, Jared Lankford, The Monett Times, “Cody Home”; 2, Jared Lankford, The Monett Times, “Pride Drill”; 3, Joe Alberico, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Starting to come together”.

Spot News: 1, Nicole Cooke, The Sedalia Democrat, “James Horn manhunt”; 2, Nicole Cooke, The Sedalia Democrat, “Thanksgiving fire destroys homes”; 3, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Danger signs”.

Spot Sports: 1, Matt King, Daily Journal, “Timely block cements final four trip for Arcadia Valley”; 2, Derek Dueker, Daily Guide, “Terminal Tigers: Waynesville wins first district championship in 38 years”; 3, Jared Lankford, The Monett Times, “Depee Leaving”.

Photojournalism/Graphics

Feature Photos: 1, Faith Bemiss, The Sedalia Democrat, “Eye to eye”; 2, Joyce Pagett, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Feeling mighty”; 3, Faith Bemiss, The Sedalia Democrat, “Air show demonstration”.

Photo Story: 1, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “The Nutcracker”; 2, Murray Bishoff, The Monett Times, “Flooding”; 3, Danny Henley, Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post, “Toe-tappin’ tradition”.

Sports Photos: 1, Jason Strickland, The Sedalia Democrat, “Tanguay drop”; 2, Jason Strickland, The Sedalia Democrat, “Holt slides into third”; 3, Jacob Brower, The Monett Times, “Cubs Assess Jamboree”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Danny Henley, Hannibal Courier-Post, “South Side Fire”; 2, Hope Lecchi, The Sedalia Democrat, “Firefighter fights Thanksgiving blaze”; 3, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Daily Star-Journal, “Water, rainbow and flames”.

Division V (Weeklies)

Best Website: 1, Staff, Cassville Democrat, “www.cassville-democrat.com”.

Feature Writing: 1, Catherine Martin, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “Just Shayne”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Stolen items returned”; 3, Karen Cernich, Washington Missourian, “I am living proof that your son lives”.

Headline Writing: 1, Karen Butterfield, Washington Missourian, “Students create king-sized legacy”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Son’s recovery”; 3, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Santa letter”.

Opinion Writing: 1, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Kudos”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Tale of two prosecutors”; 3, Murray Bishoff, Cassville Democrat, “Sewer regulations”.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: 1, Kyle Troutman, Julia Kilmer, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Flooding”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Washburn murders”; 3, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Economic indicators”.

Sports Feature Writing: 1, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Team Gives Back”; 2, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Cowbells”; 3, Bill Battle, Washington Missourian, “Kriete thankful to Be playing”.

Spot News: 1, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Protestors”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Washburn Murders”; 3, Ed Pruneau, Washington Missourian, “Angry Target worker rams car Into store”.

Spot Sports: 1, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Purdy Final Four”; 2, Jared Lankford, Cassville Democrat, “Wildcats wrestling”; 3, Bill Battle, Washington Missourian, “Hardesty’s historic night lifts Lady Jays”.

Photojournalism/Graphics

Feature Photos: 1, Jeanne Miller Wood, Washington Missourian, “That tickles!”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Cassville prom”; 3, Jeanne Miller Wood, Washington Missourian, “Lazy Missouri River angler”.

Graphics: 1, Jacob Brower, Cassville Democrat, “Economic indicators”; 2, Jacob Brower,Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “2015 Top 10”; 3, Jacob Brower, Cassville Democrat, “Flooding aftermath”.

Photo Story: 1, Karen Elshout, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “”Answering the call”“; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Flood”; 3, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Opening day”.

Sports Photos: 1, Bill Battle, Washington Missourian, “Gurley hurdles”; 2, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Haney dives”; 3, Bill Battle, Washington Missourian, “Brakemeyer gets over Canby”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Joe Barker, Washington Missourian, “Roof removal”; 2, Jacob Brower, Cassville Democrat, “House fire”; 3, Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat, “Rodeo”.

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