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Budding reporters participate in journalism competition

March 1, 2013

Silver Scribe Grand Award winner Samah Hammad with Sonya F. Duhe, Ph.D., director and professor of the School of Mass Communication.

More than 45 students from seven New Orleans schools took part in the 36th annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition for high school journalists, co-sponsored by Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and the Press Club of New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 23. Samah Hammad of Grace King High School in Metairie, La., won the top prize—the Silver Scribe Grand Award. The event is named after its founder, the late Tom Bell, a longtime Loyola journalism teacher and a former Press Club president.

Hammad, a sophomore, won first place in editorial writing and feature writing and second place in the first feature photography contest and honorable mention in the second. She is a staff member of the school’s newspaper “The Irish Eyes.”

“I’m proud of how our entire staff performed at the competition, especially Samah,” said Irish Eyes adviser Thomas Curran.

Grace King High School won the sweepstakes award for most points amassed by students from one school as well as best overall newspaper. “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 Curran.

Professional journalists served as judges and chose winners for individual events, including:

News writing

  • First place (tie) - Andrew Lang of St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Tia Banerjee of Grace King High School
  • Second place - Rebecca Vorisek of Mt. Carmel High School
  • Third place - Nick Rosato of Jesuit High School

Photography I

  • First place - Gerald Henry of Sophie B. Wright High School
  • Second place - Aiden Everett Harris of St. Martin’s Episcopal School
  • Third place - Matthew Peluso of Archbishop Shaw High School
  • Honorable mention – Hammad of Grace King High School

Photography II

  • First place - Antoine Barriere of St. Martin’s Episcopal School
  • Second place - Hammad of Grace King High School
  • Third place - Zach Lannes of Jesuit High School

Headline Writing

  • First place - Neil Ripley of St. Martin’s Episcopal School
  • Second place - Gerald Martin of St. Martin’s Episcopal School
  • Third place - Mahum Baz of Grace King High School
  • Honorable mention - Bianca Shrestha of Grace King High School

Critical Review

  • First place - Jordan Bates of Archbishop Shaw High School
  • Second place - Rosato of Jesuit High School
  • Third place - Jack Caliva of Jesuit High School

Sports Writing

  • First place - Nga Nguyen of Grace King High School
  • Second place – Ripley of St. Martin’s Episcopal School
  • Third place - Mahum Ryiz of Grace King High School

Feature Writing

  • First place - Hammad of Grace King High School
  • Second place - Isabella Cross of Grace King High School
  • Third place - Leiana Pineda of Grace King High School

For more information, contact Laura Beatty at 504-865-3431.

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