Weekly Reader Announces Winners of the 2012 Student Publishing Contest

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Five winners have been selected in Weekly Reader's annual nonfiction writing and publishing contest for children in grades 3 through high school.

Weekly Reader has selected five winners out of nearly 700 entries in the annual nonfiction writing and publishing contest for children in grades 3 through high school. The winners will be recognized at the Student Publishing Awards Luncheon on June 4 in Washington, D.C. Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the guest speaker.

The goal of the Student Publishing Contest is to encourage children to experience journalism, multimedia communications, and publishing first-hand, and to nationally showcase the exceptional talents of young writers. Two individual students and three student publications will be honored.

The two prize-winning student writers are Elise Gonsalves of Portland, Oregon, and Shannon Stocks of Livingston, New Jersey.

Gonsalves, an eighth-grader at Southwest Charter School, was chosen for “Recircuiting,” a vivid first-person account of her struggles with dyslexia. Judges were moved by her well-crafted prose describing her journey from diagnosis to today, sharing in her triumph at the end.

Stocks, a twelfth-grader at Livingston High School, filled her winning essay, “Hot Chocolate,” with brief vignettes of her childhood, all of them interwoven with memories of a steaming cup of the sweet stuff. Judges were dazzled by Stocks’ self-assurance and command of language.

This year’s student publication winners included two print newspapers, J.Hop Times from John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and The Central Focus from Francis Howell Central High School in St. Charles, Missouri. The Harbinger Online from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, won for best online-only publication.

Chosen for their strong design, compelling stories, and lively articles, the print winners impressed judges with their exceptional quality and broad diversity of coverage and voices. The winning online publication is being honored for the second year in a row for its engaging and professional-level content, which ranges from podcasts to daily announcements to traditional articles.

Winners will receive round-trip transportation to the banquet, complimentary lodging at the Capital Hilton Hotel, a $500 check (to either the school or individual student), and a plaque. In addition, each publication winners’ school will be awarded a SMART Interactive Whiteboard System courtesy of SMART Technologies. Teachers, students and parents were also given free passes to Washington's museum of news, the Newseum.

For more information about the Student Publishing Contest, please visit http://www.aepweb.org/student-publishing/student-publishing.html.

Individual Student Writing

Grades 3 to 8
“Recircuiting” by Elise Gonsalves
Southwest Charter School
Portland, Oregon

Grades 9 to 12
“Hot Chocolate” by Shannon Stocks
Livingston High School
Livingston, New Jersey

Whole Publication: Print

Grades 3 to 8
J. Hop Times
John Hopkins Middle School
St. Petersburg, Florida

Grades 9 to 12
The Central Focus
Francis Howell Central High School
St. Charles, Missouri

Whole Publication: Online

Grades 9 to 12
Harbinger Online
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

The Student Publishing Contest is sponsored by Weekly Reader, administered by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), and supported by SMART Technologies, the Newseum, and the Capital Hilton Hotel.

About Weekly Reader
Weekly Reader has been creating cutting-edge, curriculum-rich supplemental materials since the debut of Current Events magazine in 1902. The company’s unique digital products and 11 award-winning classroom magazines give teachers tools that help them achieve their goals while inspiring, informing, and engaging students. Weekly Reader materials reach more than 200,000 teachers and 6 million students from Pre-K to grade 12. For more information, visit http://www.weeklyreader.com.

About the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. The membership of AEP represents the wide range of individuals, institutions, and businesses dedicated to delivering progressive learning resources in all media and for any educational setting. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st century.

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, leading initiatives that help drive the future of content development and delivery. It has taken a leading role in many efforts supporting the industry, including the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications, and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field.
For more information, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org.

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