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The Delphian Staff Have First-Place Finishes at PCLI Awards

By The Delphian Staff

The Delphian staff took home eight awards, including three first-place trophies and two scholarship winners at the annual ceremony of the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. At the June 2 event, Katherine Farkas won first place as the Best College Newspaper Reporter and Maxmillian Robinson took third place. Molly Amick won first place in the Opinions category and Nicolas Rontanini took second. Former staffer Maria Giovanna Jumper won first place in the Race & Diversity category.

In addition, the paper earned second place as the Best College Newspaper. This marks the tenth consecutive year of placing in this category. Robinson, a recent graduate who served as editor-in-chief this past school year, won the scholarship for College Journalism, and Rontanini won the Disability Journalism Scholarship. Both were presented with trophies and $1,000 checks by professional journalists at the event.

“I am very fortunate to win this scholarship,” Robinson said. “All the hard work and determination has paid off in a way that feels so much more rewarding. Writing was never a strong suit of mine, yet I still made the most out of it enough to win. I am extremely thankful to everyone I've worked with inside the newsroom, mentors Liza Burby and Mark Grabowski, my parents and supportive family members. I will use this to motivate me to go further in my business, MillianMade, and my broadcasting career."

Rontanini, the paper’s new editor-in-chief, said, “The scholarship is a tremendous honor, one I proudly accept. I have always dedicated myself to be at my best, doing what it is I’m passionate about. I’m immensely grateful for the honors I’ve received, and for everyone who helped to get to where I am now.”

Liza Burby, who is faculty advisor for The Delphian and a senior adjunct professor in the Communications Department, also won awards: two first-place trophies, including for a Newsday article in which Adelphi was featured, “Job One: Career Centers Help Students Adapt to a Changing Work Environment,” as well as two other awards for articles in Newsday.

To learn more about the PLCI and the awards program, visit

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