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Loyola University announces Silver Scribe winners

March 14, 2008

The 32nd Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition, held at Loyola University on March 1, pitted 35 students from nine local schools in a daylong series of challenges, including news, editorial, sports, headline, column and feature writing, plus photography and layout. John Walsh of Jesuit High School won the Grand Award.

Jesuit’s newspaper, The Blue Jay, and Campus Currents of Baton Rouge Magnet High School tied for best newspaper, and Jesuit won the sweepstakes award for most points amassed by students from one school.

The competition is co-sponsored by the by the Press Club of New Orleans and Loyola’s School of Mass Communication. The event is named after its founder, the late Tom Bell, a longtime Loyola journalism teacher and a former Press Club president.

Winners of individual events, which were judged by professional journalists and Loyola faculty and students, were:

News writing: Viviana Aldous, Grace King High School, first; Ravi Mahesh, Benjamin Franklin High School, second; John Walsh, Jesuit High School, third; Evan Shea, Jesuit High School, honorable mention.

Feature writing: Walsh, first; Shea, second; Melissa Hirsch, Benjamin Franklin, third; Kevin Fitzgerald, Jesuit, honorable mention.

Sports writing: Eric Lorio, Jesuit, first; Shea, honorable mention.

Editorial writing: Mahesh, first; Aldous, second; Stephanie Baranovic, Metairie Park Country Day School, third; T. C. Wicker, Jesuit, honorable mention.

Photography: Kevin Zansler, Grace King High School, first; Patrick Cherry, Benjamin Franklin, second; Valeria Romero, Grace King, third; Patrick Taylor, East Jefferson High School, fourth.

Column writing: Becky Richard, Archbishop Chapelle High School, first; Baranovic, second; Megan Bates, Chapelle.

Headline writing: Chelsea Brasted, Benjamin Franklin, first; Lorio, second; Walsh, third; Zansler, honorable mention.

Layout: Walsh, first; Ryan Nugent, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, second; Brasted, third; Aldous, honorable mention.

Critical review: Zansler, first; Baranovic, second; Lorio, third.

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