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Monericka Semeran

From the New Hampshire Union Leader: 

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.

Entry criteria:

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.

Entry requirements:

  • 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


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.