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Silver Scribe High School Journalism contest winners announced

February 21, 2014

Dozens of students from six area high schools took part in a day-long journalism competition Saturday, Feb. 15 co-sponsored by the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication and the New Orleans Press Club. Jamal Melancon of Lusher High School in New Orleans and Andrew Lang of St. Martin’s Episcopal High School in Metairie were co-winners of the top accolade—the Silver Scribe Grand Award in the 38th annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition held at Loyola.

The event, which also featured celebrity guest ESPN sportscaster Michael Smith ’01, is named after the late Tom Bell, a longtime Loyola journalism teacher and a former Press Club president who founded the competition. Professional journalists served as judges for various categories, including best news story, best news photograph and best overall newspaper.

Melancon, a senior, won first place in sports writing and second place in news writing. He also won first place in sports writing and third place in news writing in the Maroon and Gold Awards, which are awards recognizing work published in the school newspaper throughout the year. He is a staff member of the school’s paper The Post-Deluvian, which won best online publication.

Lang, also a senior, won third place in news writing, third place in feature writing and second place in the photography I category. St. Martin’s also won the sweepstakes awards for most points amassed by one school in Saturday’s competition.

"I'm proud to have a group of aspiring journalists who are professional and take their craft seriously,” said Al Tritico, adviser to The Halo, St. Martin’s newspaper. “It's been an honor to work with Andrew. He's my right hand man at the newspaper. More importantly, he's become a tireless mentor for younger students. We'll be sorry to lose him, but he's ready. I have no doubt he will be an excellent journalist in college and beyond."

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

News writing:

  • First place - Haley Bayer, Grace King High School
  • Second place – Melancon, Lusher High School
  • Third place – Lang, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Honorable Mention - Ellen McCusker, Lusher High School

Photography I:

  • First place - Bonnie Cash, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Second place - Lang, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Third place - Bianca Shustha, Grace King High School
  • Honorable Mentions - Levi Thomspon, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School

Photography II:

  • First Place – Shustha, Grace King High School
  • Second place - Eliott Blunck, Lusher High School
  • Third place - Ayleen Brown, Grace King High School

Headline Writing:

  • First place - Jack Brown, Grace King High School
  • Second place - Juveriya Farooqui, Grace King High School
  • Third place - Samah Hammad, Grace King High School
  • Honorable mention - Clara Fajardo, Grace King High School

Critical Review:

  • First place – McCusker, Lusher High School
  • Second place - Cheyenne Dwyer, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Third place - Gigi Herberg, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School

Sports Writing:

  • First place – Melancon, Lusher High School
  • Second place - Nathaniel Parr, Archbishop Shaw High School
  • Third place - Tia Banerjee, Grace King High School
  • Honorable mention - Morgan Minix, Brother Martin High School

Feature Writing:

  • First place - Isabella Cross, Grace King High School
  • Second place - Riley Kirkpatrick, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Third place – Lang, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Honorable mention - Jessue Chen, Grace King High School

Editorial Writing:

  • First place – Whitney Appel, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School
  • Second place -Taiyiana Robinson, Grace King High School
  • Third place - Patrick Adams, St. Martin’s Episcopal High School

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