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SPJ announces winners of the 2011 High School Essay Contest


For Immediate Release:

Lauren Rochester, Awards Coordinator, 317-927-8000 ext. 210, lrochester@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce three scholarship winners in the 2011 High School Essay Contest. Hundreds of public, private and home-schooled students in grades 9-12 submitted essays on the topic “Why is expression through independent media important?”

Professional and student SPJ chapters served as judges for the local round of the contest. First place local recipients advanced to the national round of judging that took place in April. The national judges were from SPJ’s Washington D.C. Pro chapter.

2011 High School Essay Contest Award Winners:

First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner:
Emerson Hardebeck of Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.

Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner:
Shaun Moran of St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J.

Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner:
Chris Papas of Oakton High School in Vienna, Va.

Complete details about the High School Essay Contest are here.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and works to protect the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For further information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.


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