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Lanier student newpaper
Lanier journalists win top awards at J-Day event
Posted on 09/21/2017
Lanier's Blue and White staff

The Sidney Lanier High student newspaper,  The Blue and White, won the Hallmark Award for best student publication and three other first-place awards at Troy University’s J-Day media workshop and competition.

This is the second straight year that the newspaper has won the top award at J-Day. The paper also won awards for Best Writing Quality, Best Newspaper Coverage and Best Layout and Design. More than 500 students from 27 public and private high schools took part in J-Day.

“This newspaper is lively and interesting in both design and content,” a judge in the competition wrote. “It addresses issues that touch students’ lives and does not shy away from controversial topics.”

The judge also noted the paper’s attention-grabbing headlines and an effective use of narrative, paraphrases and direct quotes.

The stories the staff submitted for the contest included an article on the high cost of student parking decals and questions about a high court ruling on transgender bathrooms. Second-year students on The Blue and White staff are Kamryn Young, Andre Lamonte, Ebony Allen, Jamarious Fulks, Emko Pash, and KenShaun Gipson.