Weekly Reader Names Top Student Writers and Publications

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind to inspire students during awards luncheon

Students' media habits may be changing, but they still have a great deal to say

Cell phones, video games, social networking—these are things typically associated with today's kids and young adults. But the winners of this year's Weekly Reader Student Publishing Contest are proof that serious writing and journalism still play a large role in the lives of today's students.

On June 7, Weekly Reader and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) will honor the winners of the National Student Publishing Contest — which seeks the best in non-fiction writing and student publications — at the annual Student Publishing Luncheon, hosted this year by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind. Weekly Reader editors chose the winners from a field of over 400 entries, and awards were given in two categories — individual student writing and whole publication — at three grade levels.

One startling development this year was the victory by an online-only student publication — for the first time in the history of the awards, which extend back more than a decade.

The 2010 Student Publishing Contest winners are:

Whole Publication/Elementary School
The Mustang News
Eanes Elementary
Austin, Texas

Whole Publication/Middle School
Park Forest Times Online
Park Forest Middle School
State College, Pennsylvania

Whole Publication/High School
The Rockville Rampage
Rockville High School
Rockville, Maryland

Individual Student Writing/Elementary School
My Sister, Francesca
By Micah Fong
San Diego, California    

Individual Student Writing/Middle School
Flickering Memories
By Alex Price
Hastings Middle School
Columbus, Ohio

Individual Student Writing/High School
Papa—A Memoir
By Malinda Gowin
Clayton, North Carolina

The essays covered such sensitive topics as the complexity of having a sibling with epilepsy, the ordeal of a family caught in a house fire, and the mixed emotions brought on by the death of a difficult family member. The full text of the winning essays, plus images of the winning periodicals, can be found on the Weekly Reader Web site at: http://www.weeklyreader.com/studentpubwinners

”Students’ media habits may be changing, but they still have a great deal to say,” noted Ira Wolfman, Senior Vice President of Editorial for Weekly Reader. "The powerful stories that came in first in our publishing contest show remarkable maturity and offer adults keen insights into what matters to today’s students. The essays and publications capture the real -life events of these young people, while encouraging their peers to make a difference in the world around them..”

The winners will be flown to Washington, DC, courtesy of exclusive airline sponsor Continental Airlines, and will receive free hotel accommodations compliments of the luncheon host, the Capital Hilton. Each winner will also get free passes to the Newseum, a meet-and-greet with Mr. Suskind before the luncheon, and $500 in prize money. Individual Student Writing winners will get their work published or republished in a Weekly Reader magazine or Web site, and whole publication winners get a free subscription to a Weekly Reader magazine for their class.

For more information on Weekly Reader’s Student Publishing Contest and details about the luncheon, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org/awards/student.

About Weekly Reader
One of the great innovative forces in American educational publishing, Weekly Reader has been creating cutting-edge, curriculum-rich supplemental materials for more than 100 years. Our unique digital products and 12 award-winning classroom magazines give teachers tools that help them achieve their goals while inspiring students and igniting their love of learning. Every year, Weekly Reader materials reach more than 250,000 teachers and 8 million students from Pre-K to grade 12. The Weekly Reader Publishing Group (WRPG) also includes Weekly Reader Custom Publishing, Weekly Reader Curriculum Publishing, and database products Facts for Learning and Weekly Reader Express, distributed by netTrekker, Inc. WRPG is part of the Reader's Digest Association, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.weeklyreader.com.

About AEP
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.
AEP's thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org.


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