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Main Line Health hosts inaugural science journalism competition

Lankenau Medical Center June 26, 2013 News Releases

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 and 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, MD, 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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484.580.1025
Cell: 484.222.9154