Dees, Stoehr win Hearst writing competitions
Seniors Matt Dees and Laura Stoehr recently won scholarhsips for their winning entries in the 41st annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Each year, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors competitions in 11 categories in the areas of print, photojournalism and broadcast news.
Dees, editor of The Daily Tar Heel, won first place in editorial writing for a column, "Racial integration, not isolation, helps understanding on college campuses," which appeared in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. He was an intern at the newspaper last summer.
Dees received a $2,000 scholarship. With the win, he is now eligible to compete in the national writing championships in San Francisco in June.
Stoehr received third place in feature writing. Her story, one part of a three-part package about adoption, won her a $1,000 scholarship.
At year's end, Dees and Stoehr's award-winning entries had helped lift the School into first place in the writing section of the Intercollegiate Awards Competitions, through which schools with the most winning student entries receive prizes of up to $10,000.
Winners have been determined in three of the 11 Hearst contests so far. Students from more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide compete in the contests.