Matt Yan, is a junior and a reporter for the Saratoga Falcon at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif. In addition to writing for the school paper, Matt is also a captain of Saratoga High's speech and debate team. He's won various awards in Original Oratory. He also is a staff member of Soundings, the school's literary magazine.
Matt's winning entries:
Open Worship Causes Discomfort
Education Needed To Curb Rise In Risky Teen behavior At SHS
Feature Writing Winner
Catherine Matacic is a senior at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, where she has been a staff member of Spark, the student paper. When she's not writing for the school paper or a community paper, the Pulse-Journal, she is onstage or behind the scenes of her school's theater. After college she plans to join the Peace Corps.
Catherine's winning entries:
A Class Of Their Own
For The Love of The Game
News Writing Winner
Sarah Pearce is a junior at Lowell High School in San Franciso where she has been a staff member of the student paper, The Lowell, since her freshman year. She has served as a reporter and opinion editor, and is currently one of the paper's news editors. In addition to working on The Lowell, she is a member of Shield and Scroll, the school's honor and service society. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative, foreign or political reporting.
Sarah's winning entries:
Discrepancy Noted In Josten's Class Ring Prices
Vendors Bid To Sell Grad Items
Sports Writing Winner
Hannah Kenser is a senior at Joliet West High School in Joliet, Ill., where she is editor-in-chief of both the school paper, Tiger Tales, and the yearbook, Alpha Omega. She has won the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) High School Journalist of the Year award, a first-place award from the National Federation of Press Women and is a member of the Teen Boardfor Joliet's local newspaper, The Herald News.
Hannah's winning entries:
Before the game
- Sam Noble, North Hall High, Gainesville, Ga.
- Brendan Wright, Hatboro-Horsham Senior High, Horsham, Pa.
- Chris Boothe, Elk Grove High, Elk Grove, Calif.
- Meaghan Smith, Sunset High, Portland, Ore.
- Leana Donofrio, Lakewood High, Lakewood, Ohio.
- Chris Catalano, Olean High, Olean, NY.
- Paul Musgrave, F.J. Reitz High, Evansville, Ind.
- Kathryn Roethel, Prescott High, Prescott, Ariz.
- Kristen Elise Pope, Center High, Antelope, Calif.
- Marina Hennessy, Avon High, Avon, Ind.
- Katie Strandmark, Madison Consolidated, Madison, Ind.
- Charles E. Scott Jr., Southside College Prep Academy, Chicago, Ill.
- Dan Purschwitz, Stoughton High, Stoughton, Wis.
- Lande Spottswood, Key West High, Key West, Fla.
- Blake Whitney, Lakota West High, West Chester, Ohio.
- Laurel Scheffel, Lakota East High, Liberty Township, Ohio.
- Mark Zieman, editor The Kansas City Star and creator of the Ernest Hemingway Writing Awards for High School Journalists.
- Leon Dash, a professor of journalism and Afro-American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and formerly an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. His series, "Rose Lee's Story," won a Pulitzer Prize and was named one of the Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century.
- Ted Findlay, a management consultant and motivational speaker working both inside and outside the newspaper industryl. He worked as an editor 17 years at metropolitan newspapers, including The Miami Herald. He has been a lecturer at the American Press Institute.
- James Gentry, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
- Alice Klement, national enterprise editor for The Associated Press in New York. She's written for The National Law Journal as well as The Miami Herald, has taught journalism from coast to coast and frequently lectures on writing.
- Gene Roberts, professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, and former executive editor of both The Philadelphia Inquirer 1972-1990, and The New York Times, 1994-1998.
Sean and Colette Hemingway, New York City
Mark Zieman, Editor, The Kansas City Star
Bill Turque, Newsweek
Bill Turque, a national correspondent for Newsweek since 1996, is the author of the newly released biography Inventing Al Gore. In his Newsweek career he has covered the Clinton White House and reported on such major events as the World Trade Center blast, the U.S. missile stike against Iraq, the Whitewater scandal and the O.J. Simpson trial. As part of the news magazine's campaign coverage teams since 1987, his work has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Before going to Newsweek, Turque worked as a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and before that for The Kansas City Star.
Presentation of Awards
Steve Shirk, Managing Editor/Local and National News
Mary Lou Nolan, Assistant Managing Editor/Features
Din Mann, Deputy Managing Editor/Page One
Bill Norton, TeenStar coordinator
Kansas City Star Participants
- Jeanne Meyer, Managing Editor/Business and Features
- Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, Opinion-Page Editor and Columnist
- Steve Shirk, Managing Editor/Local and National news
- Dinn Mann, Deputy Managing Editor/Page One Editor
- Mark Zieman, Vice President/Editor
- Bill Norton, TeenStar Editor
- Lisa Lopez, Adminstrative Assistant
- Arthur Brisbane, president and publisher