Students from five central Ohio school districts were honored for their work in an annual high school journalism contest.

Students from five central Ohio school districts were honored for their work in an annual high school journalism contest.

Two students from Bexley High School took top honors in The Martys, an editorial contest from ThisWeek Community News, Dispatch Media Group Magazines and the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

Students from Olentangy Liberty, Rutherford B. Hayes, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools also were recognized.

The contest, which started in 2011, has five categories: news writing, feature writing, sports writing, opinion writing and photography.

Category winners compete for the top prize, named The Marty.

The contest honors local journalist Martin L. Rozenman. Rozenman was the longtime editor of Suburban News Publications, which merged with ThisWeek in 2012.

He also worked for The Columbus Dispatch and was a nine-year member of the Central Ohio SPJ board of directors. He died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with a blood disorder.

Mentoring students -- and reaching out to young journalists to encourage their interest in the profession -- were hallmarks of Rozenman's career.

Runners-up and winners will receive framed award certificates, and the winners also get a cash prize.

The winners in The Martys for 2016 are:

Best News Writing

Winner: Bexley High School, The Torch, "Inclusion of sixth grade in middle school proposed," by Maddie Marsh

Runner-up: Rutherford B. Hayes High School, The Talisman, "Jim Tressel speaks to students at Hayes," by Abbey Jones

Best Feature Writing

Winner: Bexley High School, The Torch, "Living Their Truths," by Aaron Rothchild and Grace Maley

Runner-up: Upper Arlington High School, The Arlingtonian, "Going Uber," by Jenny Jiao and Maeve O'Brien

Best Sports Writing

Winner: Worthington Kilbourne High School, The Ravine, "100 Years Doesn't Mean 100th Place," by Madsyn Selph

Runner-up: Bexley High School, The Torch, "Boys golf team wins state tournament," by Nick De La Cruz

Best Opinion Writing

Winner: Olentangy Liberty High School, The Cannon, "Sexism in sports," by Gina Butkovich

Runner-up: Worthington Kilbourne High School, The Ravine, "Leashed," by Madsyn Selph

Best Photography

Winner: Worthington Kilbourne High School, The Ravine, "Untitled," by MollyKate Cline

Runner-up: Rutherford B. Hayes High School, The Talisman, "Elizabeth Wilden inverted," by Morgan Knight

The Marty

Winner: Bexley High School, The Torch, "Living Their Truths," by Aaron Rothchild and Grace Maley

The judges commented: "This three-story package is a well-written, firsthand account of what it's like to be a transgender student. The writers did a good job telling each student's story, balancing their struggles with triumphs.

"It would have been easy to slip into cliche and/or advocacy with this topic. This piece didn't. ... The quotes used were on-point. Well done."