Nick Sheff, junior, Marin Academy, San Rafael, Calif. He spent most of his life in San Francisco, where he lived with his father and stepmother. He is a columnist for the school paper, The Marin Academy Voice Sheff recently had an essay published in the "My Turn" section of Newsweek magazine about joint custody. His favorite authors are Henry Miller, Charles Burkowski, Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse, and J.D. Salinger. He is the captain of his high school water polo team. He loves music, painting, writing and reading.
Nick's winning entries:
Parents Do Matter
Feature Writing Winner
Rick Bateman, senior, Lakota East High, Liberty Township, Ohio. He is the managing editor of the school newspaper, Spark Newsmagazine and has written numberous award-winning stories. Bateman also is an honor student. In his spare time, he reads and plays trivia games and hockey.
Rick's winning entries:
Telling Ghost Stories
Skeletons out of the closet
News Writing Winner
Jonathan Warren Emmet Darman, senior, Potomac School, McLean, VA. He will enter Harvard University in the fall. Darman is editor-in-chief of The Current Potomac's student newspaper. He is the leader of The Magnificent Seven, a student-run a cappella group, and a member of the Potomack Madrigal Singers. Darman has also been a member of Potomac's student government. Darman's summer employment has included service as a U.S. Senate page and as a member of the news desk in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal.
Jonathan's winning entries:
'Mutual Agreement' Sparks Ondrof's Departure, Controversy
Dr. Wright to Leave after 1999
Sports Writing Winner
Jennifer Song, senior, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Blair's newspaper, Silver Chips. She is the vice president of Blair's chapter of the National Honor Society and was captain of the girls' varsity tennis team last fall. She is a senator for the student government association and has played piano for the past 12 years. Jennifer enjoys writing, hiking, singing and reading. She plans to major in medicine, business or journalism in college.
Jennifer's winning entries:
Hall of Famer comes off the bench for teachers
There's No Place Like Being In The Zone
- Ruth DeGolia, Cleveland Heights High, Cleveland Heights, OH.
- Tamara Johnson, Valley Academy, Phoenix, AZ.
- Wil Loftis, R.J. Reynolds High, Winston-Salem, NC.
- Clay Martin, Grapevine High, Grapevine, TX.
- Jennifer Zeltmann, Westhampton Beach High, Westhampton Beach, NY.
- Megan Bartlett, Shawnee Mission North, Overland Park, KS.
- Matthew Smith, Montgomery Blair High, Silver Spring, MD.
- Kimberly Minugh, Capistrano Valley High, Mission Viejo, CA.
- Ann Winzenburgh, Naperville Central High, Naperville, IL.
- Katharine Baker, Jordan High, Durham, NC.
- Jana Zabkova, Lakewood High, Lakewood, OH.
- Adam Trumble, H.H. Dow High, Midland, MI.
- Nicole L. Tieri, Unity Christian High, Hudsonville, MI.
- Rachel Laskow, Westfield High, Westfield, NJ.
- Dan Stone, Granite Bay High, Granite Bay, CA.
- Mark Zieman, editor The Kansas City Star and creator of the Ernest Hemingway Writing Awards for High School Journalists.
- Dean Mills, dean of the School of Journalism, the University of Missouri, Columbia.
- Clarence Page, nationally syndicated columnist and member of the editorial page of the Chicago Tribune winner of the 1989 Pulizer Prize for Commentary.
- Rick Lyman, former reporter and editor at The Kansas City Star, former Africa correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, now Houston bureau chief of The New York Times.
- Jodi Enda, White House correspondent for the Knight Ridder bureau in Washington. Spent the last year covering the impeachment and trial of President Clinton.
- Joe McGuff, former editor of The Kansas City Star, longtime sports editor and columnist, inductee as a writer into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY.
Patrick and Carol Hemingway, Sun Valley, Idaho.
- Mark Zieman
editor, The Kansas City Star
- James Fallows
James Fallows is an award-winning journalist and author. Most recently, he was editor of U.S. News & World Report, a position he held for two years until June 1998. Before that, he was the Washington editor of The Atlantic Monthly. An article he wrote for The Atlantic led to his most recent book, Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy, published in January 1996. His book, National Defense published in 1981, won the American Book Award for nonfiction, He has been a regular weekly commentator for national Public Radio's Morning Edition since 1987. He is now working with Microsoft on a software program for writers.
- Jeanne Meyer, Managing editor/business and features
Steve Shirk, Managing editor/local and national news
Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, opinion page
Michelle Voepel, sports
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
- Michelle Voepel, sports writer
- Mark Zieman, vice president/editor
- Bill Norton, TeenStar editor
- Lisa Lopez, adminstrative assistant
- Arthur Brisbane, president and publisher