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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 RECIPIENTS!
CARLEY CRAIN & EAMONN RYAN
June 14, 2019 Press Release:
Manchester, NH -- Central High School student journalists Eamonn Ryan and Carley Crain are sharing the 2019 Brodsky Prize, a $5,000 cash award that recognizes journalistic excellence and “out of the box” thinking by high school journalists.
Ryan, a junior, is editor-in-chief of Central’s The Little Green newspaper. Crain, a senior, was sports editor this year. Both said they will use some of their prize to support the Little Green next year.
In addition, Ryan said he will use his award to help meet future college expenses as he pursues a journalism career.
“Every moment I spend in the computer lab when the deadline is near and I’m stressed, brings me a little closer to achieving my goal of becoming a journalist,” he wrote in his scholarship essay. “Through this publication I have found myself, and to it, I owe everything.
Crain will use her share of the award as she attends Springfield College, majoring in sports journalism and communications.
“Writing for The Little Green has helped me develop my sense of style, and I have been able to voice my opinions and express my love for sports,” she wrote. “I have also learned important principles, the power of hard work and determination, and the value of my voice.”
Ryan’s winning entry included a story about student activism and a column highlighting student safety at Central. Crain included a commentary about how Central’s sports teams struggle with scheduling and the condition of facilities they use for practice and competition.
Brodsky Prize judges felt the student journalists were equally deserving of this year’s award because they confidently presented strong opinions, backed by research, on topics that are relevant, timely and important to their school and the community.
The Brodsky Prize was established in 2018 by Jeffrey Brodsky, who was co-editor of The Little Green during the early 1990s. He hopes to encourage “out-of-the-box efforts and innovation” by a new generation of student journalists.
Brodsky, now 45, studied oral history and communications at Columbia University, becoming a historian and documentary producer before illness forced his retirement and return to his hometown.
“Through boldness and creativity, student journalists like Eamonn and Carley will continue to attract readers and viewers to their exceptional work,” Brodsky said. “Regardless of my health situation, I made plans to fund this project for 20 years — it is that important to me.”
The Brodsky Prize is open to students of the following southern New Hampshire high schools: Manchester Central, Manchester Memorial, Manchester West, Trinity, Bedford, Concord, Londonderry, Pinkerton Academy, Merrimack, Salem, Nashua North, Nashua South and Bishop Guertin.
The prize is administered through the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications. Judges are Brodsky’s father, Howard Brodsky; Misbah Tahir, co-editor of The Little Green with Brodsky; former Little Green adviser Rita Davis; New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph McQuaid; and David Tirrell-Wysocki, executive director of the Loeb School.
2018: MONERICKA SEMERAN
Semeran has been writing for The Little Green newspaper at Central since her freshman year, serving as co-editor in-chief this school year, concentrating on editorials and commentary.
“The Little Green has taught me that opinions have teeth, that facts are meant to be unalterable, and that nothing is as important to development of the self as the development of the Voice,” Semeran wrote in an essay accompanying her Brodsky Prize entry. “Through working for the paper, I have developed principles, learned what it truly means to give your all to something, and I have been lucky enough to witness the fruits of my labor every month when we publish an issue.” She will use her award to support Central’s student newspaper and to help with her college expenses as she attends Vassar College in the fall to study International Relations and write for the college newspaper.
Semeran’s entry consisted of three opinion columns in which she denounced author Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, one of the first books about the Trump administration’s White House; took on the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem; and decried “normalizing” neo-Nazism.
She is donating $1000 of her award to The Little Green, enough to finance two issues in the next school year. Brodsky Prize judges felt Semeran’s work showed she confidently presented strong opinions, backed by research, on a variety of relevant, timely and important issues facing all of us.
THE $5,000 PRIZE
Students at Manchester, New Hampshire high schools are eligible for the $5,000 Brodsky Prize that Jeffrey hopes will encourage out-of- the-box efforts and innovation by a new generation of student journalists.
Who is eligible?
High school students who live in Manchester, New Hampshire and attend one of the following high schools: Manchester Central, Manchester Memorial, Manchester West, Trinity, Bedford, Concord, Londonderry, Pinkerton Academy, Merrimack, Salem, Nashua North, Nashua South, Bishop Guertin.
Judges will consider a student’s journalistic initiative and enterprise, contrarian nature and out-of- the-box thinking, as well as other journalistic attributes such as spelling and grammar, attention-getting lead, fairness and accuracy and whether the entry clearly explains the issue it covers.
Examples of work that are illustrative of the entry criteria.
600-word essay on how the student would use the award to further his/her journalistic studies or efforts.
2019 Submission deadline:
April 22, 2019
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WITH Subject line: Brodsky Prize
When Jeffrey Brodsky was a student at Manchester’s Central High School nearly 30 years ago, he found his voice as co-editor of Central’s student newspaper, the Little Green. His out-of- the-box thinking as editor brought him headlines beyond the campus and started him on a career in the media. Now, he and his family have established a scholarship program to give back to their community and encourage another generation of journalists.