Md. high school, N.J. college students win student press awards

SPLC presented the Courage in Student Journalism Award, co-sponsored by the Newseum and the National Scholastic Press Association, to student editors Jaishri Shankar and Rachel Wagner, adviser Peter Daddone and Principal Debra Munk of Maryland's Rockville High School for their joint efforts in publishing a package of stories exposing gang activity in the neighborhood. It was the first time administrators and students at the same school had shared the award. At the National College Media Convention, SPLC presented the College Press Freedom Award to the editors and staff of the Montclarion at New Jersey's Montclair State University to recognize their successful fight for independence from the student government association.

Photo: SPLC's Executive Director Frank LoMonte, center, presents the Courage in Student Journalism Award to Jaishri Shankar, Rachel Wagner, Debra Munk and Peter Daddone, from left, of Rockville High School.

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