There’s a first, I won an award

So, I won an award on Friday.

Seth Prince, who advised me as a sports reporter and editor while at The Oklahoma Daily, texted me with the news. He informed me I won first place in the “sports reporting” category for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 Gold Circle Awards.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a surprise.

First, it is truly a privilege to be honored for my work, and I’m beyond humbled by all the congratulatory notes from friends and family, as well as kudos from colleagues I respect and admire.

The story that won me the award was a culmination of a season’s worth of reporting on the 2015 Oklahoma football team, and it was published in the University of Oklahoma’s 2015-16 Sooner yearbook.

I’m extremely grateful to receive recognition for my time on the OU football beat. It was one of the best times of my young life. I still think about the first time walking into Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, my second week on the job and covering a double-overtime thriller between Oklahoma and Tennessee in one of college football’s most hostile atmospheres.

I hope to have more experiences like that one. I can assure you, I’m still in awe every time I walk into a sporting event as a reporter. I have in no way done all I hope to do, but I appreciate all the support my friends and family have given me over the years.

The future of journalism scares me at times, especially with the recent layoffs coming from all levels of the profession. But I hope to enjoy doing this thing as long as I can.

I don’t say it enough, but I’m thankful for the job opportunities I’ve been given. All the editors that took a chance on me and all the coworkers I’ve been blessed to collaborate with over the years.

I apologize if this post comes off overly dramatic, although I can be a bit extra from time to time.

This is simply an acknowledgement of how grateful I am for the people who bet on me and made my time as a student journalist a memorable one.

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