--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
June 23, 1997
NORTH HAVEN - The teen suicide page published by The Tattoo late last year recently captured a second place award for in-depth reporting from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. It was the first time in the annual contest's history that high school students garnered a prize, according to Southern Connecticut State University Prof. Jerry Dunkle, the group's president. When Dunkle announced the nine Bristol students had won, they received a standing ovation from the large crowd of reporters and editors from across the state. The teen page, published occasional Mondays by The Bristol Press, recently captured a National Gold Key award in the country's top high school journalism contest, Quill and Scroll. The in-depth journalism prize was given to nine area students who worked for almost a year to produce a project on teen suicide that ran in the Dec. 30th edition of The Tattoo. In addition to its second place award, The Tattoo's teen suicide project was also a finalist for the Stephen A. Collins prize for public service journalism -- the highest honor given by the professional journalists' group. In doing the project, the students interviewed survivors of teen suicide, including parents and friends of young people who took their own lives. They also searched through 15 years of death records in Bristol, Plainville and Plymouth to determine the scope of the problem. The students who worked on the page were Danielle Ouimet, Amanda Lehmert and Aimee Lehmert of Bristol Central High School; Bryan Pena, Michelle Driscoll and Brian LaRue of Bristol Eastern High School; and Mark Cyr, Paul Bartok and Shauna Fauchon of St. Paul Catholic High School. During weekly sessions at the paper, the volunteer staff members of The Tattoo learns the ins and outs of journalism from two Press reporters who donate their time, Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins. The group includes students from all three Bristol high schools and is in its fourth years. The teen suicide project, along with many other Tattoo stories, can be seen on the Internet at: www.ReadTheTattoo.com.