Essay Based Scholarships 2012 Calendar

  • Gods Art, photograph (top) and MSA flyer (bottom), by Paris Alshaif

  • Los de la U.P. (A Collection of history and memory), drawing (left) and Copper Plate/The Lower East Side, 2010, Edition of 13, Aquatint on Hahnemuhle Copper Plate paper (right), by Christian Hincapie

  • Artwork by Lavar Munroe

  • Mixed media painting by Jamilla Okubo

  • Dragon Hiding Behind Barn, pastel drawing (top) and Florentine Violinist, graphite drawing (bottom), by Isaac Smith

  • Artwork by Sharita Towne

  • Doe Apparel logo design, by Breanna Anderson-Perez

  • "Transitional" calendar (left) and type specimen poster (right), by Njoki Gitahi

  • Vegemil packaging redesign, by Rhanhee Kim

  • Genome, illustration, by Courtney La Prince

  • Angels in America theatrical poster, by Daniel Rodriguez

  • Illustrations by Pyungwha Chung

  • The Sound of Silence, digital illustration (top) and Foiled, scratchboard (bottom), by Savana Hibbert

  • Let Me Out, illustration (left) and Ben, illustration (right), by Jessica Kusuma

  • Help I'm Alive, illustration, by Paige Mehrer

  • Lying In The Sun, digital collage illustration, by Diego Torres

  • lowland, photograph (left) and handle, photograph (right), by Katie Koti

  • Sacramento, California, photograph, by Kathya Maria Landeros

  • Crumble, photograph, by Hayden Myrick

  • Photography by Alena Reyes

  • Good Morning America, "American Landscape" series 2010, photograph, by Kevin Truong

  • Awards
    2018 High School Essay Contest

    Topic: “Why do we — as consumers of media — need to obtain news from multiple feeds and not just one or two outlets?”

    2017 Contest Winners
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    First Place National Essay Winner
    ($1,000 scholarship)
    Lauryn Wu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
    Read essay [PDF]

    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Co-winner: Aliza Diepenbrock, Spring Street International School, Friday Harbor, Washington
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Co-winner: Carolyn Harper, Bob Jones High School, Madison, Alabama
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Eileen Yang, Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey
    Read essay [PDF]


    Resources for scholastic journalists and educators

    JEA Digital Media Resources
    Multimedia Tools
    Guide to Broadcast/Video
    Guide to Moving Online


    Previous honorees

    2016 Contest Winners

    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Simon Levien, Sparta High School, Sparta, N.J.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: David Oks, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Christine Condon, Dulaney High School, Timonium, Md.
    Read essay [PDF]


    2015 Contest Winners

    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Matthew Zipf, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Md.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Philip Kim, Paramus High School, Paramus, N.J.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Sania Chandrani, Parkview High School, Liburn, Ga.
    Read essay [PDF]


    2014 Contest Winners

    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Tianyu Lin of Milton Academy in Milton, Mass.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Phoebe Fox of La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls in Honolulu, Hawaii
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Jacob Bloch of Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y.
    Read essay [PDF]


    2013 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Courtney Swafford of Write from the Heart in Wilmington, Del.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Anran Yu of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Ariz.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Chuli Zeng of Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif.
    Read essay [PDF]


    2012 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Hwasung (Daniel) Yoo of Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond, Va.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Niisackey Mills of South Plainfield High School in South Plainfield, N.J.
    Read essay [PDF]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Dustin Chandler of East Burke High School in Connellys Springs, N.C.
    Read essay [PDF]


    2011 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Emerson Hardebeck of Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.
    Read essay [PDF, 139 KB]
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaun Moran of St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J.
    Read essay [PDF, 78 KB]
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Chris Papas of Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. Read essay [PDF, 74 KB]


    2010 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Erin McDonough of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va.
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Shaj Mathew of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, Md.
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Xiaonan “April” Hu of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.


    2009 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Alix Cohen of Cypress Bay High School, Weston, Fla.
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Victor Hollenberg of Staples High School, Westport, Conn.
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Alyssa Patrick of Eisenhower High School, Yakima, Wash.


    2008 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Mark Brouch, Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora, Ill.
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Evan Rich, Jericho High School, Jericho, N.Y.
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Danna Seligman, Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, Ca.


    2007 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): David Kelly, Broomfield High School, Broomfield, Colo.
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Dan Garon, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, Plymouth, Minn.
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Erin Gowdy, Bob Jones High School, Madison, Ala.


    2006 Contest Winners
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    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship): Angelika Zych, Vanguard High School, in Ocala, Fla.
    — Second Place, $500 Scholarship Winner: Jonathan Homrighausen of Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, Wash.
    — Third Place, $300 Scholarship Winner: Amy Brooks of Clayton High School in Clayton, Mo.


    2005 Contest Winners
    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship winner) : Mindy Zhang, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, Va.
    — Second Place ($500 scholarship winner): Zachory John Drisko, Green Hope High School, Cary, N.C.
    — Third Place ($300 scholarship winner): Katie Roberts, Home schooled, Walnut Shade, Mo.


    2004 Contest Winners
    — First Place National Essay Winner ($1,000 scholarship winner): Heather Hamilton, Sentinel High School, Missoula, Mont.
    — Second Place ($500 scholarship winner): Logan Oyler, Hickory High School, Chesapeake, Va.
    — Third Place ($300 scholarship winner): Joey Muffler, Bishop Ireton High School Alexandria, VA


    2002 National First Place Winner
    Jonathan Ross Kaplan, Nova High School, Davie, Fla.

    2000 National First Place Winner
    Katie Pennock, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC

    1999 National First Place Winner
    Darcy Colson Baxter, Lansing Central High School (near Ithaca, N.Y.)

    1998 National First Place Winner
    Michael Anthony Fedele III, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C.

    Postmark deadline: February 23, 2018

    Nominations accepted beginning November 3, 2017

    The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association want to increase high school students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of independent media to our lives. National winners of this essay contest receive scholarship awards.

    Award recognition

    First Place: $1,000 scholarship
    Second Place: $500 scholarship
    Third Place: $300 scholarship

    Entry Deadline

    All entries should be postmarked by February 23, 2018.


    Complete Official Rules and How to Enter

    For official contest rules and information on how to enter this year’s High School Essay Contest, please visit this link.

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