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Former Alcovy student wins award
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The Georgia Press Educational Foundation has selected Arielle Coambes of Covington to receive the Morris Newspaper Corporation Honor Scholarship of $2,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Daughter of Nicole and Jeff Wood of Covington, Coambes is a rising senior at Georgia Southern University, where she is editor-in-chief of GSU’s student newspaper, the George-Anne.

She is a 2010 graduate of Alcovy High School, where she served as editor of the Paw Print, the school’s student newspaper.

Coambes said she loves the pace and mission of journalism, "making sure people understand the issues’’ in a rapidly-changing media landscape.

During her tenure as editor of GSU’s twice-a-week student newspaper, she said, a multimedia editor position was added, and online news and video components were greatly enhanced, reflecting what students expect in news coverage.

The Morris Newspaper Honor Scholarship was established in 1978 by Charles H. Morris of Morris Multimedia and is awarded annually to an outstanding print journalism student. Morris Multimedia Inc., parent company of Morris Newspaper Corporation and Morris Network, is among the largest privately held media companies in the United States.

Founded in 1970 in Savannah by Charles Morris, the company today owns and operates more than 70 publications, including The Covington News and Rockdale News, network-affiliate TV stations, and other media-related ventures in nine states and the Caribbean.

The Georgia Press Educational Foundation selected seven Georgia residents to receive scholarship grants to study at Georgia colleges and universities for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Selected students have shown an interest in pursuing a career in newspaper journalism and have established a prior interest in newspapers.