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April 11, 2005

Seven Tattoo writers grab awards from Scholastic Press Forum

SPRINGFIELD , MASS. – Seven writers for The Tattoo captured awards last month in the annual Scholastic Press Forum contest at American International College .

All of the first place winners were Bristol Eastern High School students: seniors Katie Jordan and Joe Keo, along with junior Kate Haire.

Jordan also won the first-ever Professor Melvin Williams Award given to an outstanding high school writer.

Honorable mentions winners included students from Ireland , Canada and Minnesota as well as Eric Simmons, a senior at Eastern who recently moved to Florida .

Teague Neal, a 17-year-old from Oakville , Ontario , won an honorable mention for his news story about the Second Harvest food program in Toronto .

Tattoo writer Marese Heffernan, 13, of Ireland captured an honorable mention in the columns category for a piece she wrote called, "Teachers make or break us."

Minha Lee of Minnesota took an honorable mention in the first-person category for a piece called, "My freshman love affair with The Wall" that ran in The Tattoo’s annual Insider’s Guide to High School last fall.

Keo won a first place in the cartoons category for a “Daily Sketch” he drew about airport insecurity.

Jordan and Haire shared a first-place award in the opinion category for a humorous piece about high-school gym class that ran last fall.

Jordan also nabbed a first place win in the sports feature category for a story she did about an Afghan girls soccer team that had come to Simsbury . An accompanying personal account of what it meant to her got an honorable mention in the first-person essays competition.

All of the winning stories, as well as more than a hundred full issues of The Tattoo dating back to 1994, are available on its popular web site at www.readthetattoo.com.

The Tattoo is always looking for talented teens anywhere in the world with an interest in journalism, photography or cartooning. Free to join, its local staff meets weekly at The Bristol Press.


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