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August 8, 2005

Tattoo writers snag more awards

Two writers for The Tattoo recently captured nationwide Gold Key journalism awards in the annual contest by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Quill and Scroll Society.

Katie Jordan, who graduated from Bristol Eastern High School this year, captured top honors in the editorial cartoon category while Terryville High School ’s Ashley Michaud garnered a prize for her news story about a student-directed play.

Tattoo writers also snagged four first place awards in the yearly contest sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, besting professional reporters in the process.

Jordan and Joe Keo, who also graduated from Eastern in June, each won three first place awards in the annual competition

For the third year in a row, Keo took top honors in the editorial cartoons category. This year, his winning entry was about torture in Iraq .

Jordan won first place in the sports column category for “A whole new outlook on sports and America ,” a piece she wrote after interviewing Afghan girls who were visiting the U.S. to play soccer.

In the arts and entertainment category, Keo and Jordan shared a first place award for articles they wrote about visiting the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford .

Though the writers have changed over the years, The Tattoo has won the arts and entertainment category in the SPJ contest every year since 1998.

Thirteen teenage writers from The Tattoo snagged first place in the feature series category for their 2004 edition of “Insider’s Guide to High School,” an annual series of advice pieces for incoming freshmen.

The writers who shared that award were Keo, Jordan, Eastern junior Kate Haire, Terryville High School junior Stefan Koski, Bristol Central High School sophomores Jen Plonski and Christine French and long distance Tattoo writers Kaishi Lee of Singapore, Minha Lee of Minnesota, Teague Neal of Canada, Zach Brokenrope of Nebraska, Jessica Burkhart of Florida and Monica Gleberman of New York. Sarah Jordan, a graduate of Eastern, also shared in the award.

Click below to see award-winning pieces mentioned above:

Let's see some hustle cartoon

Student-run play gets new direction

Daily Sketch - 'On the receiving end'

A whole new outlook on sports and America

Mark Twain house issue from December 27, 2004

Insider's Guide to High School


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