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honorable mention

A recognition or citation of merit given to a contestant, exhibition, entry, etc., in a competition despite that person or thing not being awarded a prize or top honor. Primarily heard in US. My short story did not win a top place in the writing competition, but being given an honorable mention still gives me great pride.
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De Santis's June/July story entitled Sexuality questions leave church at odds won an honourable mention in the category of best news story in a newspaper;
Freelance illustrator Anna Payne-Krzyzanowski won an honourable mention for best illustration for an image she created to accompany a June/July 2004 story entitled It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Stephanie Pearce, a former student of Algoma University College, received the Student Achievement Award Honourable Mention.
Journal staff writer Solange De Santis and former staff writer Jane Davidson shared a CCP honourable mention for treatment of a news event for their stories on the residential schools agreement.
MinistryMatters won an ACP honourable mention in the best in class category for journals and Rev.
It won the award of merit, or first prize, for theme issue, section or series and an honourable mention for in-depth coverage.
Staff writer Solange De Santis garnered an honourable mention from the ACP in the category of newspaper department for her regular diocesan profiles.