(Copyright 1999. The Bristol Press. All rights reserved.)

From The Bristol Press

October 25, 1999

Tattoo writer captures state sportswriting award

The Bristol Press

BRISTOL -- The Connecticut Sportswriters Association
named a Bristol youth its high school sportswriter of the year
for his work for The Tattoo, the teen page in The Bristol

Collin Seguin, a freshman at Boston University, wrote a
number of sports stories for The Tattoo, including award-
winning pieces that gave a behind the scenes glimpse of
ESPN and watching Roger Maris' home run record fall.

"It really meant a lot to me, that in the whole state of
Connecticut they chose me," Seguin said last week.  

"Without The Tattoo, I never would have been able to
receive the award, because it gave me the chance to write
about what I love, sports, and do some real reporting on
sports," he said. 

Seguin, who received a $500 scholarship at the organization's
Gold Key dinner at Southington's Aquaturf banquet hall, said
that getting the honor from writers "who are doing what I
would love to do" made the recognition especially nice.

Seguin, who graduated with honors from Bristol Central High
School in June, wrote a variety of stories for The Tattoo for
several years. His humor and insight brought him several
journalism awards.

During his time with The Tattoo, Seguin got the chance to sit
behind the anchor's desk at ESPN, interview Yankees
shortstop Derek Jeter and even tell the world what it's like to
sit on the bench before making the starting team.

He occasionally contributed stories to The Bristol Press as
well, including five articles for the ESPN 20th anniversary
section that came out in early September.

In today's paper, The Tattoo makes it first appearance since
the start of school this year.

Today's Tattoo, written entirely by teens and now in its sixth
year, focuses attention on the two mayoral contenders and the
supposed lack of interest in politics among young people.
Those stories were written by Bristol Eastern High School
seniors Joe Wilbur and Merissa Mastropiero.

The Tattoo also features a cartoon by St. Paul Catholic High
School senior Courtney Pendleton and a story by newcomer
Heather Pilarcik-Murawski, a sophomore at Eastern.

The Tattoo is always on the lookout for talented teens with
an interest in journalism, photography, graphics or
cartooning. The group, which costs nothing to join, meets at
6 p.m. on Wednesdays at The Bristol Press, 99 Main St.

Seguin's departure leaves a hole that The Tattoo is still trying
to fill -- finding someone else who can write about sports.
And, for that matter, the group could use more guys, too.

Students who are just getting started, by the way, aren't
expected to bat out perfect prose. The whole idea of The
Tattoo is to teach journalism to interested teens and publish
their work. It's hands-on and fun.

Tattoo members hail from as far away as Torrington so it is
not limited to Bristol students. But the group is especially
keen to add more students from Central now.

Please let advisors Steve Collins or Jackie Majerus, both
veteran reporters at the Press, know if you are interested in
joining or if you have any questions. Call them at 523-9632
or drop an e-mail to Majerus-Collins@bigfoot.com.

Click here to reach The Tattoo's writers' index, where all of Seguin's stories are linked.