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cpa-awards-2016Christendom alumni scored big at the 2016 Catholic Media Conference, with Ashleigh Buyers and Peter J. Smith both honored at the annual event. Recognized for their outstanding achievements in journalism and advertising, the two alumni received awards from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) for the second year in a row, representing some of the best work arising from Christendom alumni today.

Buyers, the multimedia designer for the Arlington Catholic Heral­d, received an exceptional six awards from the CPA, along with two honorable mentions, in categories ranging from advertising to journalistic achievements. In the category “Best Use of Art or Graphics: Best Original Illustration,” Buyers was awarded first place for her work, “Three Kings,” while also scoring a second place win for her coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Herald.

In the category of “Best News Writing Originating with the Paper on National or International Event: National Event, National Newspaper, or Wire Service,” alumnus Peter J. Smith was awarded second place, along with co-writer Brian Fragga, for their coverage of the Supreme Court and the death penalty. Smith, the Washington correspondent for the National Catholic Register, is one of Christendom’s most successful alumni journalists, and has been honored with awards on numerous occasions.

Both Buyers and Smith exemplify the latest Christendom alumni to find success in journalism and advertising. Like others, they left the school armed with the written and oral communication skills necessary for success in the world of news reporting, thanks to an education that steeped them in the greatest minds of Western Civilization, including Shakespeare, Aquinas, Augustine, and others.

Along with the Arlington Catholic Herald and the National Catholic Register, the work of Christendom alumni can be read in numerous other news publications, including The Washington Examiner, Breitbart News, Seton Magazine, and Crisis Magazine, among others.

The awards were announced during the CPA’s 2016 Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis, Miss. On June 3. The CPA represents more than six hundred organizations in the United States and Canada.

To see the full list of award winners, please click here.

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