Silver Chips wins half of awards in state competition


Nov. 18, 2001, midnight | By Kevin Chang Jeremy Hoffman | 19 years, 2 months ago


Silver Chips and Silver Chips Online dominated the Maryland Scholastic Press Association's annual contest for student journalists for the 2000-2001 school year, winning a majority of the awards.

Silver Chips Online won all 19 awards in the six categories related to online journalism.

Silver Chips staff members (including online staff) won 81 awards out of 161, with 18 out of 31 first place awards.

Sam Goldblatt, Daina Klimanis, Emily Purcell, and Joe Howley won five awards each; Vivian Wang and Julia Kay won four.

John Mathwin, staff sponsor of Silver Chips, encourages his students to submit entries to the Maryland Scholastic Press Association.

Churchill High School was the runner-up in total awards recieved with twelve.

Below are the MSPA 2001 Individual Writing and Editing Contests Results. Awards won by Silver Chips staff members are in bold text. "HM" stands for honorable mention.

Newspaper--News
1st: Daniel Feith, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, Md. "Personal Webpages censored."
2nd: Emerson Clarridge, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair H.S., Silver Spring, Md. "Exam scores to be released."
3rd: Lance Kramer, Black & White, Walt Whitman H.S., Bethesda, Md. "English teacher Dugan transfers in Teacher Evaluation System's first use."
HM: Michael Beder and Austin Dean, Churchill Observer, Winston Churchill H.S., Potomac, Md. "Teachers held hostage by paper shortage, resort to cold cash."
HM: Michael Beder and Sarah Weissman, Churchill Observer, Churchill H.S., "Policy violation cancels play performance."
HM: George Carmi, The Rampage, Rockville (Md.) H.S., "Survey reveals limited drinking over Homecoming weekend."
HM: Kang-Xing Jin, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Blair buses overcrowded: Lack of seating creates safety hazards for students."
HM: Julia Kay, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Permit abuse widespread; Four illegally parked cars are towed every week."
HM: Robin Schwengels, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Senior photos raise concern: Flimsy drapes and inappropriate behavior make situation awkward for female students."

Newspaper--Features
1st: Josh Dugan, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, "The closet door stands ajar: Community works to address sexual identity."
2nd: Lance Kramer, Black & White, Whitman, "Student gun use triggers conflict."
3rd: Neela Pal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Sizzling sweet fifteen celebrations."
HM: Julia Druhan, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Eyes wide shut: caffeine takes its toll; Students deal with stress, schoolwork and sleep deprivation by taking addictive pills"
HM: Iris Flores, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Students lose sleep over parental dreams; Blazers feel stressed and confused as their parents pressure them over career choices."
HM: Santhi Gollapalli, Black & White, Whitman, "Theatre Cafe draws its curtains for the last time."
HM: Jeff Lee, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Teens unite in faith-based groups."
HM: Vivian Wang, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Jaque mate! Echec et mat! Check mate!; In spite of language barriers, ESOL students learn and teach the universal game of chess."

Newspaper--Editorial Opinion (Unsigned)
1st: Norren Tahir, The Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Staff, students pay dearly for county's errors."
2nd: Emily Purcell, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Let's go Purple."
3rd: Alex Fanaroff, The Churchill Observer, Churchill, "All the school's a stage"
HM: Meghan Kelly, Denise Crothers, Heather Grimm and HanaLyn Colvin, Big Red, Glen Burnie (Md.) H.S., "Eminem protests threaten freedom of speech."
HM: Emily Purcell, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Chips ad policy."

Newspaper--Signed Editorial Column
1st: Chris Kenny, Black & White, Whitman, "Three men and a shrub."
2nd: Elana Eisen-Markowitz, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "I'm dreaming of a disillusioned Jewish Christmas."
3rd: Erica Gorochow, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Test fails to make grade."
HM: Josh Carney and HanaLyn Colvin, Big Red, Glen Burnie, "High school students need more sleep to learn."
HM: Julia Kay, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Should Washington, D.C. become a state? Julia Kay says NO."
HM: Ana Mittal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Should Washington, D.C. become a state? Ana Mittal says YES."
HM: Eliot Stein, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Hey fun boys: Get a room because you sicken me!"
HM: Michael Van Wert, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "The media hasn't done its homework."

Newspaper--In-depth Story
1st: Nisha Aggarwal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Students give drivers' ed a failing grade."
2nd: Katie Jentleson, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Consequences of the morning after: Sexually active teens resort to Emergency Contraception Pill after unprotected sex."
3rd: Julia Kay, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Firearms in schools."
HM: Nisha Aggarwal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Blazers pump up the volume; Students ignore detrimental effects of high sound levels at school pep rallies, dances."
HM: Neela Pal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Students strive for tolerance; In Diversity Workshop Blazers share experiences and attempt to break down stereotypes."
HM: Sam Sturm, Black & White, Whitman, "Radio stations market tunes to teen interests."

Newspaper--Sports--Game Coverage
1st: Brendan McNamara, Black & White, Whitman, "Soccer wins 7th state title."
2nd: Stephen Urciolo, Black & White, Whitman, "Boys b-ball emerges from slump."
3rd: Ben Penn, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Blazer boys have last laugh."
HM: Liam Bowen, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Catching up with former Blair pitcher."

Newspaper--Sports news
1st: Vivian Wang, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Not a field of dreams."
2nd: Vivian Wang, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Baseball field to be reconstructed this winter."

Newspaper--Sports Feature
1st: Liam Bowen, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Blair security once guarded the paint."
2nd: Jason Feirman, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, "Papier bids farewell to JDS community."
3rd: Vivian Wang, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Catchin' up with Shields."
HM: Liam Bowen, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Catching up with former Blair pitcher."
HM: Sarah Weissman, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Students donate time developing young athletes."
HM: Sarah Weissman, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Rituals remedy pre-game butterflies."

Newspaper--Sports Opinion Column
1st: Jason Feirman, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, "Take yourself out to the ballgame!"
2nd: Ben Penn, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "High school hoops still in l9th century."
3rd: Kyle Sourk, The Rampage, Rockville, "NCAA tournament disappoints Terp fanatics, but Dukies jump for joy."
HM: Thomas Agbonyitor, Falcon News, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wheaton, Md., "The Million Dollar Question."
HM: Carrie Andrews, The Rampage, Rockville, "Achieving barely enough to make squad, junior raises mediocrity to level of art."

Newspaper--Review
1st: Max Brett, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Latin beats equal musical treats."
2nd: Julia Crane, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Fall into trendy autumn fashion."
3rd: Josh Carney and Monty Mickie, Big Red, Glen Burnie, "Move over Disney, here come the Japanese."
HM: Jessie Levin, The Rampage, Rockville, "Summer flicks 'survive' movie box office."
HM: Patuck McMurphy, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "Playstation II."

Newspaper--Op/Ed-page Layout
1st: Julia Kay, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Oct. 13, 2000 edition.
2nd: Sevan Simon, Falcon News, Good Counsel, April 6, 2001 edition.
3rd: Sevan Simon, Falcon News, Good Counsel, Dec. 15, 2000 edition.

Newspaper--Front-page Layout
1st: Chana-Solomon-Schwartz, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, March 29, 2001 ed.
2nd: Aaron Cahn, The Rampage, Rockville, October 2000 edition.
3rd: Iris Flores, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Nov. 16, 2000 edition.
HM: Aaron Cahn, The Rampage, Rockville, December 2000 edition.

Newspaper--Single-page Layout
1st: Emily Purcell, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Chips takes a slice of lunchtime life."
2nd: Iris Flores, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "A picture-perfect prom."
3rd: Lizbeth Hevia, Falcon News, Good Counsel, "Swimming for Sydney."
HM: Jennifer Alyono, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Feb. 8, 2001 sports page.
HM: Eliot Stein, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Catching up with former Blair pitcher."

Newspaper--Double-page Layout
1st: Jeremy Golubcow-Teglas~, Rachel Brandenburg and Joey Grove, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, "Undressing the dress code debate."
2nd: Sarah Cox and Jenny Livengood, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Centerspread Oct. 13, 2001.
3rd: Karen Ben-Shlaush, The Rampage, Rockville, Impact May 2001.
HM: Wes Bedsworth and Denise Crothers, Big Red, Glen Burnie, "Alternative Lifestyles."
HM: Colin Dixon, Black and White, Whitman, "The Year in Black & White."

Newspaper--News Headline
1st: Julia Druhan, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Students give drivers' ed a failing grade; Driving teachers cut class hours, hand out test answers and give bad advice to Blair students"
2nd: Jeff Powelson, The Rampage, Rockville, "Montgomery County zaps mosquitoes; Virus keeps crow population in check."
3rd: Juliana Gerrick, Falcon News, Good Counsel, "Gender bias rears its ugly head or...Anything you can do, I can do better...gender bias a reality in today's schools."

Newspaper--Features headline writing
1st: Emily Purcell, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Has Nickelodeon gone to the CatDogs?; The network that brought us Clarissa and Double Dare has lost its one-time charm."
2nd: Lucy Madison, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "If these stalls could talk: A glimpse into the lives of girls who spend their school days in the lavatory."
3rd: Mandy Wiese, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "First comes marriage, then comes love; Students from Southeast Asia share the long-standing tradition of arranged marriages."
HM: Jennifer Alyono, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Taking mags to the Maximum; Popularity of flashy new men's magazines is on the rise among high school students."
HM: Nora Berenstain, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Our own Fresh Prince of B-lair; Junior Sean Cooney, a man of many talents, steals the stage with his style and energy."
HM: Lane Ethridge, The Rampage, Rockville, "Math team proves 'radical,' adds new coaches, divides competition; Kraus, Lambert 'cosine' an agreement with brainiacs, hoping to strengthen their roots."
HM: Neela Pal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Rated 'R' for rules broken, restrictions ignored."
HM: Emily Purcell, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Little white lies for big-screen thrills; Under-17 Blazers defy rules and sneak past box office staff to see R-rated blockbusters."

Newspaper--Sports Headline
1st: Nisha Aggarwal, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Wizards just aren't casting the right spell."
2nd: Juliana Stevenson, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "I go, U go, we all go Iwugo."
3rd: Marisa Irion, The Rampage, Rockville, "Boys edge Cougars, 4-3, look to walk all over Walkersville in playoffs."
HM: Mark Padilla, Big Red, Glen Burnie, "GB grapplers pinned but persevered through the season."

Newspaper--Opinion Headline
1st: Michael Beder, Churchill Observer, Churchill, "All the school's a stage..."
2nd: Jenifer Lebovich, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Pepsi Blvd? Bill aims to stop commercialism."
3rd: Jeff Powelson, The Rampage, Rockville, "Are two heads better than one?"

Newspaper Editorial Cartoon
1st: Nicholas J. Gleichman, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "2001 Graduation."
2nd: Matt Corrado, Falcon News, Good Counsel, "Bush-Gore tug-a-war."
3rd: Emma Hatton, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "All the President's Men."
HM: Jonathon Leiner, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "The Ever-Changing Al Gore."
HM: Andrea Murphey, Falcon News, Good Counsel, "Mooove!"

Newspaper--Comic
1st: Eric Shansby, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "OxyMoron: Valentine's Day."
2nd: Nicholas J. Gleichman, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Hitting the SAC," Nov. 16. 2000 edition.
3rd: Eric Shansby, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "OxyMoron: Prom."

Newspaper--Photography
1st: Jae Lee, The Rampage, Rockville, "Every 15 Minutes program stages mock accident."
2nd: Michael Ader, The Rampage, Rockville, "Trap-shooting."
3rd: Rachel Loube, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Blazer Spirit is Red Hot!"
HM: Jenny Livengood, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Wrestlers rout Churchill."
HM: Jessie Loutoo, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Anthony Richards Advances to Finals."
HM: Chris Smith, The Rampage, Rockville, "Musicians in key, play along by ear."

Newspaper--Illustration--hand-generated
1st: Eric Shansby, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "The Day the MVA Broke My Heart."
2nd: Brendan Wiuff, Churchill Observer, Churchill, Insider illustration.
3rd: Stephen Ratpojanakul, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "It's bye, bye, bye for fading stars."
HM: Matt Corrado, Falcon News, Good Counsel, "Homework."
HM: Melissa Croker, The Rampage, Rockville, "E-bay."
HM: Melissa Croker, The Rampage, Rockville, "Grimreaper."
HM: Stephen Ratpojanakul, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Sticks, stones and broken bones."

Newspaper--Illustration--Computer-generated
1st: Joel Kliksberg, The Lion's Tale, Charles E. Smith, "Personal Webpages Censored."
2nd: Jen Wehner and Travis Formwalt, Big Red, Glen Burnie, Cheating survey.

Newspaper--Illustration--Photographic
1st: David Snyder and Ben Sack, Churchill Observer, Churchill, Book stack.
2nd: Denise Crothers and David Smith, Big Red, Glen Burnie, Big Red staffbox.

Newspaper--Informational graphic
1st: Colin Dixon, Black & White, Whitman, "The results are in..."
2nd: Joe Howley, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, Electoral College survey results.
3rd: Nicholas Gleichman, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Dangerous Decibels."
HM: Joe Howley, Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair, "Students sound off on Napster."

Web/Online Journalism--News
1st: Sam Goldblatt (with Joe Howley and Claire Sandberg-Bernard contributing), Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Man protests with Confederate flag outside Blair."
2nd: Libby Hemming, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Blair community awaits Northwood Consortium grant decision."
3rd: Ana Mittal, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Virtual teaching becomes a reality."
HM: Joe Howley, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Student struck by car, killed on University Blvd."

Web/Online Journalism--Feature Writing
1st: Daina Klimanis, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Students rock along with Random Access."
2nd: Libby Hemming, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Lucas warms up new symphonic orchestra."
3rd: Sam Goldblatt, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Devil in a red dress."
HM: Julia Druhan, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Alarming increase in teen suicides."

Web/Online Journalism--Sports Writing
1st: Max Brett, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Blazers fall to fifth ranked Churchill in Double Overtime."

Web/Online Journalism--Review
1st: Sam Goldblatt, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "State and Main elicits laughs thanks to script and cast."
2nd: Daina Klimanis, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Prom preparation to prom-mania."
3rd: Phil McQuarrie, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "It's time to pick your side in the new console war."
HM: Joe Howley, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Thirteen Days injects life into historical drama."

Web/Online Journalism--Front-page design
1st: Daina Klimanis, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, Jan. 11, 2001 edition.
2nd: Joe Howley, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "SCO Handheld Edition."
3rd: Daina Klimanis, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, March 26, 2001 edition.

Web/Online Journalism--Inside-page design
1st: Sam Goldblatt, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Voicebox: What will you miss?"
2nd: Daina Klimanis, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, "Blair Players inspire laughs with Guys and Dolls."
3rd: Sam Goldblatt, Silver Chips Online, Montgomery Blair, Comics page.

Literary Magazine--Photography
1st: Abe Nowitz, Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Md., "Water on Aluminum."
2nd: Abe Nowitz, Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery, "Secret Garden."
3rd: Jael Noda Vera, The Moongate, St. Timothy's School, Stevenson, Md., "Untitled Imitation #1: Emulating Cindy Sherman."
HM: Veronica Sandoval, Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery, "Daniel."

Literary Magazine--Computer-generated Illustration/Artwork
1st: Mook Amomkul, The Moongate, St. Timothy's, "Untitled."
2nd: Sally Huang, Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery, "Self-Portrait."

The Maryland Scholastic Press Association's website is http://www.journalism.umd.edu/mspa/.



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Kevin Chang. Kevin Chang was born on April 28, 1985. This makes him a bull, and coincidentally, a Taurus. Somehow, he ended up in the Magnet program at Montgomery Blair High School, where he is now a SENIOR! 03! Yes, he is a geek. He is often … More »

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