Texas A&M student wins North American writing contest

COLLEGE STATION — Mollie Lastovica, a Texas A&M University agricultural communications, journalism and political science major from Fredericksburg, has won the student division of the North American Agricultural Journalists writing contest.

Lastovica, a junior, will receive the award and a $750 travel stipend at the association’s conference April 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Mollie Lastovica (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Tobin Redwine)

Mollie Lastovica (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Tobin Redwine)

Her story, “Farmers Fight,” was called “an example of the important role of student journalists — informing the public of developments in agriculture on college campuses,” by judge Pat Waters, retired business editor of the Omaha World-Herald.

“The writer produced a taut, informative piece about Farmers Fight, a student organization formed with the surprising goal of promoting agriculture in a state where ranching/beef production is king,” Waters said. “The grassroots organization was formed after the Texas A&M student newspaper published a negative article about agriculture, and Yahoo listed agriculture as one of the top five useless college degrees.”

Lastovica’s article appeared in the magazine “DRIVE.”

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