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Main Line Health Hosts Inaugural Science Journalism Competition

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This past spring, Main Line Health welcomed students from six area high schools to their Annenberg/Philadelphia Inquirer Journalism Competition kickoff event. The competition, which was held in conjunction with the health system’s Ninth Annual Annenberg High School Science Symposium, was developed for high schools that were already participating in the annual Symposium. 

As part of the competition, one or two student journalists representing each high school’s newspaper were invited to create an article intended for publication in their respective school newspaper that focused on their school’s participation in the Annenberg High School Science Symposium. Entries were judged based on readability, message and quality. 

Guest judge, Don Sapatkin, Public Health Reporter and Deputy Health & Science Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, said that “Every story reflected a strong effort and made for good reading. [The winning stories] captivated me. They drew me in from the first sentence and kept me engaged all the way through.”

Congratulations to the award winners:
1st place (tie): 
• Julie Bevilacqua (Merion Mercy Academy) for her article “Bacteria: A Walking, Talking Ecosystem
• Soumya Venkateswaran and Ushoshi Mookerjee (Garnet Valley High School) for their article “Virus of the Mind: Hallucinations
3rd place:
• Chris Stein (Episcopal Academy) for his article “Episcopal Students Study Epigenetics

The annual Annenberg Science Symposium, created by Barry Mann, M.D., MLH chief academic officer, Main Line Health, brings students together to challenge them to conduct an exploration of medical and scientific concepts.

In photo: Don Sapatkin meets with Journalism Competition participants at Lankenau Medical Center to share journalism tips, industry insight and to answer questions about working as a reporter for a national news source. 

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Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484-580-1025
Cell: 484-222-9154
therriaultb@mlhs.org

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