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The Kenosha News’ special graduation section won first place for best special section in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual contest.

The Kenosha News won eight statewide journalism awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual contest.

The awards were presented Thursday in Madison.

Competing in the top circulation division, the Kenosha News’ first-place awards included best special section, won by the staff for the “Class of 2018” graduation section, and best headlines won by former sports staffer Jeremy Reeves.

Reeves’ award-winning headlines included “Bonn voyage, Bob,” on a story on the retirement of longtime Carthage athletic director Bob Bonn.

Sean Krajacic won second place in spot news photography, for a photo of a man injured, pinned in a fiery crash.

Third-place awards were won by the following staffers:

James Lawson, business coverage, for stories that included, “Store closings leave food desert.”

Mike Johnson, local sports column, for columns that included, “Complaints make softball tourneys tough to stomach.”

Julie Vander Velden, feature page design, for various lifestyles pages.

Bob Heisse, editorial writing and column writing. The editorials included “Ideas that stand out,” a close look at ideas offered by the candidates for governor, and the columns included “A Kenosha example of why your vote matters,” recounting John Bilotti’s one-vote win for mayor in 1980.

The awards were presented last Thursday at the WNA conference in Madison.