Tyler Buller is a senior at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa, where he is the editor in chief of the Black and White, the school's student newspaper. He is also involved in mock trial, club soccer, show choir, concert choir and, obviously, newspaper. He intends to study journalism and political science next year, and was accepted to NYU, though he is unsure of whether he will attend there.
Tyler's winning entries:
The value of a busy life
School board elections and my liberal agenda: revisited
Feature Writing Winner
Danielle Karstens is a high school senior at Francis Howell North High School where she is the co-editor in chief of the school's newsmagazine North Star. Danielle was the 2006 Missouri High School Journalist of the Year and she plans to major in journalism in college. Danielle is also involved in Student Council, NHS, Drama, Volunteer Knights, Freshmen Mentor Program, and Mu Alpha Theta.
Danielle's winning entries:
Father Time prepares for Change: As time ticks away for the final game at Busch, fans experience traditions for the last time.
Cahall's passion for climbing is rock-steady
News Writing Winner
Meegan Brooks is a senior at Granite Bay High School, and is the co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Gazette. She has interned with The Sacramento Bee, founded Muse, an independent news magazine, and is currently a paid contributing writer for two professional community magazines that have a cumulative readership of over 200,000. Brooks is also the vice president of her school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter, and active in the Intramural Sports Club. Next year, she will major in Mass Communications at the University of California, Berkeley.
Meegan's winning entries:
'Epidemic': Prescription drug abuse is on the rise
Running on empty
Sports Writing Winner
Faraaz Siddiqui is a senior at Lakota East High School. He has been a member of the Spark Newsmagazine for the past three years serving as a staff writer, entertainment editor, and a managing editor. He is also a three-year member of the East varsity tennis team and is serving as team captain in this, his final year. He plans on attending The Ohio State University in the fall and majoring in journalism and graphic design.
Faraaz's winning entries:
A new age Yappi.com: A revolution in sports or a controversy waiting to erupt?
- Kathryn Chinn, senior, Grand Junction High, Grand Junction, CO.
- Amara Nwannuau, junior, Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, DE.
- Tyler Buller, senior, Johnston High, Johnston, IA.
- Andrea Waterfield, senior, Francis Howell North High, Saint Charles, MO.
- Ariel Arbisser, senior, Central High, Davenport, IA.
- Amy Holiday, sophomore, Granite Bay High, Granite Bay, CA.
- Amanda R. Hoff, senior, Timberland High, Wentzville, MO.
- Annalise Shumway, senior, Clayton High, Clayton, MO.
- Danielle Karstens, senior, Francis Howell North High, St. Charles, MO.
(judge selected only four in this category)
- Andrew DeLong, senior, East Lake High, Tarpon Springs, FL.
- Stephanie A. Rigione, senior, Sacred Heart High, Kingston, MA.
- Kristen Dreisig, senior, Lakota East High, Liberty Township, OH.
- Meegan Brooks, senior, Granite Bay High, Granite Bay, CA.
- Emily Baltz, senior, Roxbury High, Succasunna, NJ.
- Jennifer Binder, senior, Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction, CO.
- Faraaz Siddiqui, senior, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH.
- Lauren Martell, junior, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, CA.
- Brad Engel, senior, Lakota East High, Liberty Township, OH.
- Nick Viglietti, senior, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA.
- H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, author of
Friday Night Lights
- Malcolm Gibson, reporter, editor and news executive, who is not general manager and news adviser of the University Daily Kansan.
- Tom Burton, reporter,
Chicago bureau of the Wall Street Journal .
- Bill Tammeus, reporter and award-winning faith columnist for The Kansas City Star.
- Joe Stephens, former investigative reporter at The Kansas City Star and now at the Washington Post. Stephens has won three George Polk Awards, most recently in 2005.
- Mark Zieman, vice president and editor of
The Kansas City Star .
Editor, The Kansas City Star
H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, author, Friday Night Lights
Buzz Bissinger is a former reporter for the Chicaco Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he shared the 1987 Pulitzer for investigative reporting , and he is the author of the best-seller Friday Night Lights and most recently A Prayer for the City. He still lives in Philadelphia, is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and listened to hours of Bon Jovi while writing FNL.
Presentation of Awards
- News...Steve Shirk, Managing Editor
- Features...Bill Norton, TeenStar Editor
- Commentary...Miriam Pepper, Editorial Page Editor
- Sports...Sam Mellinger, High School Sports Columnist
Kansas City Star Participants
- Jeanne Meyer, managing editor
- Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, opinion-page columnist
- Steve Shirk, managing editor
- Wright Thompson, reporter/Sports Daily
- Mark Zieman, editor/vice president
- Bill Norton, TeenStar coordinator
- Lisa Lopez, administrative assistant
- Mac Tully, president and publisher