The Davidson Leader publisher Tara de Ryk (left) receives a 2012 General Excellence Award from Allison Squires, president of the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association. The Davidson Leader won the award in the Better Newspapers Competition for having the best front page in its class. The award was presented at the weeklies’ annual convention and awards banquet in Regina April 21. The Davidson Leader was ranked in the top five of best overall papers out of 20 papers in its circulation class. The award for best overall paper in the class was won by The Watrous Manitou. Former reporter Joel van der Veen earned an honourable mention, placing second for a story he wrote about Elbow’s sod house, which was entered in the best tourism story category.