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Silver Scribes report to Loyola

March 9, 2012

More than 40 budding high school journalists from eight schools across the New Orleans metro area converged on the Loyola University New Orleans campus last week to compete in the 35th annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition, presented by Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and the New Orleans Press Club.

Mary Margaret Monistere, a freshman at Mount Carmel Academy, took home the Silver Scribe Grand Award, winning first place in headline writing and second place in news writing. She is a staff member of the school’s newspaper, The Echoes. Grace King High School (pictured) won the sweepstakes award for most points amassed by students from one school.

"I'm proud of how our entire staff performed at the competition, especially Mary Margaret. She's new to our program, but has already proven her talent and work ethic," said Echoes adviser Jennifer Smith.

The students have a great deal of respect for the newspaper's reputation and strive to improve with each issue. I am very proud of their dedication and commitment to excellence,” said Thomas Curran, adviser to the Grace King newspaper, Irish Eyes.

The event is named after its founder, the late Tom Bell, a longtime Loyola journalism teacher and a former Press Club president.

For 2012, Loyola created the Maroon and Gold Awards, which recognize excellence in categories including Best Sports Photo, Best News Story and Best Feature Story. These individual awards were designated for stories and photos previously published in school newspapers, and not specifically for the competition.

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

News writing: First, James Conaster, St. Martin’s Episcopal School; second, Monistere, Mt. Carmel; third, John Lindsey, Jesuit High School; Honorable Mention, Tia Banerjee, Grace King High School.

Photography: First, Josh DiSalvo, Archbishop Shaw High School; second, Kevon Beckwith, Archbishop Shaw; third, Ashleigh Sparks, St. Scholastica Academy; Honorable Mentions, Nick de la Torre, Grace King and Sarah Parker, St. Scholastica.

Headline writing: First, Monistere, Mt. Carmel; second, Tia Banerjee, Grace King; third, Kimberly Dang, Grace King.

Layout: First, Anna Whitaker, Grace King; Second, Eric Sheu, Grace King.

Critical Review: First, tie: Greg Tokuyama, Archbishop Shaw and John D’Angelo, Jesuit; third, Angela Bautista, Mt. Carmel; Honorable Mentions: Nick Rosato, Jesuit and April Ahmed, Mt. Carmel.

Visual Story Telling: First, Caterina Picone, St. Scholastica; second, Catherine Nguyen, Mt. Carmel.

For more information about the Silver Scribe Competition, contact Laura Beatty in the School of Mass Communication at 504-865-3431 or labeatty@loyno.edu.

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