By: E&P Staff
In its first worldwide journalism contest, Youth Journalism International (YJI) named a Boise, Idaho high school newspaper editor as its student journalist of the year.
Megan Mizuta was honroed for what YJI called “stellar work for The Borah Senator (that) showed off her courage, her nose for news and her range of talent.”
A high school journalism advisor in Darien, Conn., Stacey Wilkins, won Journalism Educator of the Year for her exemplary work with both her school’s paper, Neirad, and her efforts to create the Connecticut Academic Press Association, YJI said.
Genoa, Italy’s Eugenia Durante won the Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary for writing the best piece giving voice to an important issue.
In her commentary about Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Durante wrote with sensitivity about the way ignorance and fear of those who are different hurts everyone, said Jackie Majerus, YJI’s executive director.
The Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award for News went to Caroline Nelissen of Ermelo, The Netherlands, for a piece examining the Dutch Christmas tradition of “Black Pete,” a black helper for Santa Claus who strongly resembles the Sambo character of old-time Dixie in the United States.
The contest covered work published in English between Jan. 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010 in any format. Results were announced June 16, 2010.
Here is the list of winners as provided by YJI:
STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner, Megan Mizuta, The Borah Senator, Boise, Idaho
Finalist, Maxine Frendel, Mahwah, New Jersey
JOURNALISM EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Winner, Stacey Wilkins, Darien High School, Darien, Connecticut
Finalist, Scott Dalton, Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, Massachusetts
Finalist, Sarah Platanitis, Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Massachusetts
Finalist, Mark Ionescu, The John Carroll School, Bel Air, Maryland
JACINTA MARIE BUNNELL AWARD FOR COMMENTARY
Honors an individual who gave voice to an important issue in a single opinion piece or a series of opinion pieces devoted to the same topic. Bunnell, who was severely disabled, died in 2009 at the age of 26. Among her legacies is a commitment by those whose lives she touched to focus on that most crucial question: “What do you think?” It is a fitting tribute to Jacinta to honor one of the many young people who have tried to answer that question during the past year.
Winner, Eugenia Durante, “In hope that we will kill no more mockingbirds,” Genoa, Italy
Finalist, Yumna Baloch, “IBSeriously Censored,” Warsaw, Poland
Finalist, Tasman Anderson, “Q Youth with Tasman Anderson,” Queensland, Australia
Finalist, Lim Zhi Quan, “Art vs. Graffiti – Paint vs. Scrawls,” Singapore
Finalist, Megan Harrigfeld, “Con: Ada County website violates privacy,” Boise, Idaho
FRANK KEEGAN “TAKE NO PRISONERS”AWARD FOR NEWS
Honors an individual who showed the nose for news exemplified by longtime newsman Frank Keegan, whose love of journalism and determination that it has a future helped give birth to Youth Journalism International.
Winner, Caroline Nelissen, “Dutch Debate Sinterklaas’ ‘Black Pete,’” Ermelo, The Netherlands
Finalist, Jackie Jin, “Plastic Bags Banned,” San Jose, California
News Team Reporting
First Place, Julia Lang and Kimberly Michels, “Students Moonstruck, The Mystery of the Middlesex Lagoon,” Darien, Connecticut
Second Place, Tiffany Chien and Michelle Deng, “Only school within 40 mile radius without performing arts center,” Saratoga, California
First Place, Suzanna Quiring, “Sexual content invades teen paradigms,” Fresno, California
Second Place, Tiffany Chien, “The end or the means: how much honor matters,” Saratoga, California
Honorable Mention, Jacqueline Wang, “Writing on Hands,” Los Altos Hills, California
Features Team Reporting
First Place, Shreya Nathan, Nayeon Kim and Alisha Mayor, “Five Families,” San Jose, California
First Place, Justin Kirkham, “Students experience foreign culture,” Boise, Idaho
Second Place, Alisha Mayor, “San Francisco gives Harrison Ford the red carpet treatment,” San Jose, California
FIRST PERSON ESSAY
First Place, Eroll Yabut, “Filipinos blend cultures for festive Christmas,” Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines
Second Place, Yelena Samofalova, “My first time trick-or-treating,” West Hartford, Connecticut
First Place, Andi Cara, “Santa’s in Town Early,” Darien, Connecticut
Second Place, Shreya Nathan, “Scuba diving,” San Jose, California
Honorable Mention, Samantha Whittaker, “Ellen Hopkins: Famous author visits school,” Boise, Idaho
First Place, Daniel Gallen, “Polar Bear Club strives to return to perfection,” Bel Air, Maryland
Second Place, Chris Janson, “Young Delivers Old Style on Owl City,” Darien, Connecticut
Honorable Mention, Justin Brown, “New Gaga Video Rings in Message for Viewers,” Hartford, Connecticut
First Place, Caroline Nelissen, “Love, shame and shattered lives in The Reader,” Ermelo, The Netherlands
Second Place, Jenna Potter, “Nine is impossible to forget,” Ontario, Canada
Honorable Mention, Samantha Hoffman, “Surrogates,” Palo Alto, California
First Place, Michelle Deng, “Windows 7: A remarkable change for the better,” Saratoga, California
First Place, Emily Close, “Ivy Dreams Take Root in Squash Court,” Darien, Connecticut
Second Place, Ayla Washam, “No spots in weight class for regulars,” Boise, Idaho
First Place, Parker Simmons, “Team free falls into a 0-9 ring of fire,” Boise, Idaho
Second Place, Clare Hern, “A-Rod isn’t a ‘true Yankee,’” West Hartford, Connecticut
Sports Team Reporting
First Place, Clare Hern and Kiernan Majerus-Collins, “Behind the scenes at ESPN,” West Hartford, Connecticut
First Place, Lisa Garrard, “Prince, I’m Leaving You for Snow White,” Boise, Idaho
Second Place, Elahn Santiago, “Graduation Day,” Holyoke, Massachusetts
Honorable Mention, Michelle Deng, “The sea of causes,” Saratoga, California
First Place, Caroline Nelissen, “Kurdish demonstrators take to the streets in Istanbul,” Ermelo, The Netherlands
First Place, Megan Mizuta, “Borah High senior Adam Bunch,” Boise, Idaho
First Place, Eugenia Durante, “Genoa’s enchanting Christmas,” Genoa, Italy
First Place, Emily Brady, “Harassment,” Holyoke, Massachusetts