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Patrick Hruby

Department of Shameless Self-Promotion

Humility is nice. On the other hand, so are awards. Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to win two from Virginia Press Association: a second-place prize for my Washington Times feature story about Marine-cum-rapper Derek Meitzer, and a third-place prize for my Times feature story portfolio.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy about this, because non-sports writing is relatively new to me, and I often feel like I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing. Big thanks to the contest judges -- and bigger thinks to my incredibly gracious, patient and supportive editor, Daniel Wattenberg, as well as everyone else at the paper. They make things easy for me.