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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Lillian Leopold, Chief Public Information Officer, (619) 482-6564, cell (619) 279-1627

Southwestern College Sun Editor Recognized

Albert Fulcher received national Apple Award

Fulcher award: Albert Fulcher accepts recognition from the Southwestern College Governing Board. Pictured L-R: Governing Board President Norma L. Hernandez, Fulcher and Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish.

CHULA VISTA - Albert Fulcher, the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Southwestern College Sun, has received the national Apple Award for Best Student Media Leader.  It was the first time the award was ever presented by the College Media Association.

The competition was open to all college media outlets in the nation, and required a nomination letter signed by three staff members.  Thousands of applications were received and three finalists were chosen.

Fulcher’s outstanding efforts and dedication to his journalism profession set him apart. 

“It is an honor for us to nominate this outstanding editor for the Apple Award for Student Leadership. He is a great leader and an even better man,” his staff said in their nomination letter to the College Media Association.

In accepting his award, Fulcher said, “I am very proud to be a part of the Southwestern community and am consistently surrounded by great leaders that I consider a privilege to work with in so many capacities.  Southwestern College has given me much more than I ever thought possible, especially as an older student needing new tools and direction in life.”

“For this, I am forever grateful,” he said.

In their website description of Fulcher, the College Media Association wrote: “His story is one of disease, certain death, endurance, censorship, and triumph. Really compelling stuff.”

In a special presentation before the Southwestern College Governing Board recently, Dean Donna Arnold called Fulcher an inspiration to all students and staff.

Governing Board President Norma Hernandez echoed Arnold’s sentiments.

“Albert, you are a winner in many ways,” she said.