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February 23, 2004

Teen writers win national contest

Three journalists for The Tattoo captured top honors from the national Quill and Scroll contest for high school students.

The student journalists, all of whom attended Bristol Eastern High School, garnered top honors in the news, editorial cartoon, columns and reviews categories of the annual awards contest.

Eastern junior Katie Jordan earned Gold Keys for a Valentine’s Day cartoon and for a column she wrote, “No religion means deeds, not beliefs, matter.”

Mike Nguyen, who graduated last year and attends Boston University, snagged an award in the reviews category for a glowing piece he wrote about television’s “American Idol.”

In the news category, Eastern junior Joe Keo was honored for a story he wrote about the skate park issue in Bristol.

The three Tattoo writers were the only Connecticut high school students to emerge on top in the 2003 contest sponsored by the National Newspaper Association Foundation and the Quill and Scroll Society.

Nguyen and Jordan have each won Gold Keys in the past.

Keo recently earned an honorable mention in the features category of the Suburban Newspapers of America national contest for his piece, “Crashing in Cambodia.”

Keo’s four-page story about his visit to his parent’s homeland, which appeared in January 2003, also won top honors in the features category of last year’s Scholastic Press Forum contest.

Since 1997, writers and cartoonists for The Tattoo have won 33 Gold Keys in the annual contest.

The Tattoo gives teen writers in Bristol and across the world the opportunity to learn more about journalism and find readers for their work. During the past decade, The Tattoo’s student reporters have interviewed  poets and presidential contenders, talked with skateboard legend Tony Hawk, questioned Hollywood stars, soared over Bristol in balloons and more.

The Tattoo is not connected to any school, and welcomes all young writers, photographers and cartoonists.

It currently has students from both public high schools in Bristol and has in the past had local members who attended St. Paul Catholic High School, Terryville High School and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington.

It also has writers who contribute from across the United States and around the world via the Internet, including Singapore, Pakistan, India, Ireland, England and Canada.

Award-winning pieces:

Crashing in Cambodia With Joe Keo - Main Story

Katie Jordan's Valentine's Day Cartoon 

No religion means deeds, not beliefs, matter

Superstar or stinko - the choice is yours on American Idol



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