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CHICAGO—Chicago-area high school students will receive cash prizes for excellence in reporting as part of the Chicago Dental Society's eighth annual High School Journalism Contest. Dr. Kenneth P. Yonan, President, Chicago Dental Society, will present the awards at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2003, during the Opening Session of the 138th Midwinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society.
This year, students were challenged to report on “Forensic Dentistry. What Do Teeth Really Have to Say?” The first-place-winning school will receive $1,000; second place $500; and third place $250. The money is intended to help journalism departments further their students' education and commitment to journalism.
First place is awarded to The Stinger, Hinsdale South High School, Darien, for “Forensic Dentistry. Better than Fingerprints.” Sylvia Vadakara wrote the articles. The instructor is Carol Park; the principal is Claudia Geokaris.
Second place is awarded to The Broadcaster, Bloom Township High School, Chicago Heights, for “Forensic Dentistry: Identifying the Future.” Kristin Cornett wrote the article. The instructor is Amy Paul; the principal is Robert Krueger.
Third place is awarded to The Lion, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, for “Crime Investigation.” Margaret Matray, Natalie Shure and Kevin Sweeney wrote the article. The instructor is Barb Thill; the principal is John Young.
Honorable Mention is awarded to El Aguila, Benita Juarez Community Academy, Chicago, for “Odontology: The Future of Identification.” Armando Zizumbo wrote the article. The instructor is Christopher Bily.
Honorable Mention is also awarded to Spartanite, Oak Lawn Community High School, Oak Lawn, for “Modern Forensic Dentistry and September 11.” David Vognar wrote the article. The instructor is Lauren May; the principal is Catherine Franczak.
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