By Brian Villalba and Jesus Figueroa
Photographer Tadzio Garcia won first place in the News Photo competition, in which no other participant qualified for second, third or even fourth, as the runner-ups only received honorable mentions.
Garcia recently returned after suffering from a stroke about a month a go.
Along with the first place award, Garcia won second place in the Sports Action Photo competition and earned an honorable mention in the Bring in Photo competition.
Co-Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Maeda won second place in the News Judgement/Layout, Editorial Cartoon and Front Page Layout competitions. She also earned an honorable mention in the bring in ad.
Kien Ha won second place in the Mail-in Editorial Cartoon competition.
Co-Editor-in-Chief Erik Luna, former campus news members Megan Perry and Summer Gomez won fourth place in the Mail-in News Story competition for their coverage of the cancellation of classes and closure of campus in response to reports of a gunman in the area in May.
Danny Vasquez was a co-winner of the Front page Layout.
Campus News won an award for General Excellence in print.
The JACC conference was held at California State University, Fullerton. The Conference is a mixture of workshops to sharpen skills and competitions to test those same skills.
The competitions vary from copy editing to sports photography, and the workshops often are supplemental to each specific competition.
The two-day event included workshops by guest speakers who taught student journalist about layout, editing and writing style.
Professionals and professors were among the guest speakers that brought exceptional examples of their work to share with those in attendance.
The next JACC will be at Burbank, California on April 3.