Alison Noon will graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a double degree in Political Science and Journalism in May 2014. After graduation she will pursue a career reporting in some aspect perhaps yet to be discovered, though she most enjoys writing and editing text stories. Raised in both Portland, Ore., and Fort Morgan, Colo., Alison is not a fan of any particular sports team apart from CU men’s basketball. She looks forward to a reporting internship at The Colorado Springs Gazette in the summer of 2013 and stepping into the position of managing editor at the CU Independent in the fall.
Collene Lewis is a junior at MSU Denver, but a first-year journalism student. While studying journalism, Lewis has held positions at The Metropolitan of features reporter, news reporter and assistant to the news editor. She said winning the 2013 Helen Verba Award is an honor, as it will lift the financial despair that plagues her as a college student, encourage her to complete school and pursue a magazine-related career.
Both of these students are talented and our judges had no problem separating them from the pool of applicants. Our congratulations to them and wishes for successful completion of their undergraduate studies and great careers in journalism.