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San Marin High School Journalism Students Win Western Region Scholastic Writing Awards

Natalie Dybeck, Lauren O’Brien, Therese Cullen, Chloe Cheng, Lauren Bollinger
Natalie Dybeck, Lauren O’Brien, Therese Cullen, Chloe Cheng, Lauren Bollinger

San Marin High School Journalism students Lauren Bollinger, Chloe Chen, Natalie Dybeck, Lauren O’Brien, and Therese Cullen won awards in the 2014 Western Region Scholastic Arts & Writing Contest, competing against high school students throughout the Western United States.

Lauren Bollinger won a Silver Key for her Journalism portfolio, a Gold Key for her personal essay, and an Honorable Mention for her Editorial “We Do Not Live in a Post-Racial Age.”

Chloe Chen won a Gold Key for her personal essay and a Silver Key for her article “San Marin Shifts Its Views Toward the LGBT Community.”

Natalie Dybeck won a Silver Key for her article on Global Glimpse and another Silver Key for her article on Amigos De Las Americas.

Lauren O’Brien won a Silver Key for her article “What’s Up?  The Spiritual Spectrum of San Marin.”

Therese Cullen, who entered in the poetry category, won an Honorable Mention for her poem entitled “Dad.”

Gold Key winners Bollinger and Chen will now be entered in the National Awards competition.

Dating back to 1923, the Awards have become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, John Updike, and many more.

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Don Pierce February 07, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Congratulations. I hope and trust that your works are published. An online group, e-book, in the Yearbook or in separate hard copy...
Craig Belfor February 08, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I know Patch is going south like Sherman, but whoever's running the show this week should put a picture of all FIVE of these girls on the front page.
M. Manzano February 08, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Interesting topics that received awards. I suspect the awards were chosen in accordance to UNICEF guidelines. They get them young, teaching them what to think instead of how to think.
Trish Boorstein February 08, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Congratulations Chloe and the other girls! What an honor and privilege. Remember the only obstacles you ever encounter in journalism are self imposed.
Chloe Cheng February 08, 2014 at 09:55 PM
"We Do Not Live in a Post-Racial Age", "San Marin Shifts Its Views Toward the LGBT Community", and "What's Up? The Spiritual Spectrum of San Marin" can be found in the November issue of San Marin's student-run newspaper, The Pony Express: http://issuu.com/sanmarinponyexpress/docs/the_official_book The Global Glimpse and Amigos De Las Americas articles can be found in the September issue: http://issuu.com/sanmarinponyexpress/docs/homecoming_book
Sylvia Barry February 09, 2014 at 03:36 AM
Thanks, Chloe, for sharing these wonderful articles. The Journalism teacher, Mr. Scott MacLeod, did a wonderful job teaching and guiding his students. Please support San Marin Pony Express. https://www.facebook.com/SanMarinPonyExpress

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