The Shawnee News-Star and members of its newsroom won awards in the  national Best of GateHouse Contest for work produced in 2017.

Competing with newspapers around the country, Page Designer Tina Bridenstine won first place and was named Features Designer of the Year for Division C.

In another award, the News-Star's Sunday Lifestyles section won first place and was named the Best Lifestyle section.

Bridenstine, who joined the News-Star in September 2009, designs the weekly Lifestyles section as well as the daily News-Star pages.

Reporter Vicky O. Misa, who returned to the News-Star in 2015 as a full-time reporter, took third place in the Division C Best Beat Reporter of the Year category for her stories on the 2017 closing of St. Gregory's University.

The News-Star also won third place for Best Sports Section for a collection of 2017 sports sections.

The News-Star competes in Division C of the Best of GateHouse contest, which is for daily newspapers that have one to eight staff members in their newsroom. More than 1,000 contest entries were judged in the 2017 contest.