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SPJ announces 2008 High School Essay Contest scholarship winners

For Immediate Release:

Heather Porter, Programs Coordinator, (317) 927.8000 ext. 204
Beth King, Communications Manager, (317) 927-8000 ext. 211

Indianapolis – SPJ, the nation’s most broad-based journalism-advocacy organization, is pleased to announce three scholarship winners in the 2008 High School Essay Contest. Hundreds of public, private and home-schooled students in grades 9-12 submitted essays on the topic, “Why Free News Media Are 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 the Baylor University Chapter of SPJ.

2008 High School Essay Contest Award Winners:

First Place, $1,000 Scholarship Winner:
Mark Brouch of Aurora Central Catholic High School in North Aurora, Ill.

Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner:
Evan Rich of Jericho High School in Jericho, NY.

Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner:
Danna Seligman of Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Ca.

Complete details about the High School Essay Contest may be found by visiting www.spj.org.

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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