COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Dec. 2) – The Merrill student-run Left Bench Sports Blog won five “Mobbie” (Maryland’s Outstanding Blogs) awards this week from the Baltimore Sun.

An article in the paper today reports the public nominated and voted for a wide range of blogs for the 8th annual celebration. The votes for the first 14 categories took place Oct. 12 through Nov. 25. The Sun says a staff panel then chose three winners of the Editor’s Choice awards.

Merrill College senior Michael Stern ’17 is one of the founders of The Left Bench and currently serves as TLB’s business director. He said, “These awards are incredible. To think The Left Bench is only three years old and has won eight awards (over two years) from The Baltimore Sun is beyond my wildest dreams, but really it’s all about the team and family this site has created. These awards are nice, but I just think they show what happens when you take 75 people with creative minds and big dreams and put them together in a family. I’m so proud to lead this incredible team.”

mobbie-logoThe Left Bench awards included:

  • Best Newcomer – TLBJV (The Left Bench TV – high school edition);
  • Best Use of Video/Moving Image: TLBTV (The Left Bench TV);
  • Best Writing;
  • Best Design and finally;
  • Best Blog


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