Olentangy Valley News

'The Martys' contest for high school journalists

Olentangy's Hyder enters award-winning opinion

Delaware Hayes High School senior Lily Wiest is "The Marty" for 2014 -- the Best of Show winner in a contest for central Ohio's high school journalists.

Olentangy High School's Carly Hyder was a runner-up for best opinion writing.

Other student journalists from the Bexley, Delaware and Upper Arlington school districts were honored in the contest, which is staged by ThisWeek Community News and The Dispatch Printing Company, and sponsored by the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The contest judges student reporting in feature writing, news writing, opinion writing, photography and sports writing.

Wiest of Delaware Hayes won first place in Best News Writing for her story, "Beehive buzzes no more," that examined the closing of a local bookstore and how locally owned versus chain-owned stores are faring in downtown Delaware.

That entry also was judged Best in Show for the entire contest, earning Weist "The Marty" award, $250 and the offer of a mentorship with ThisWeek. She also won $150 for winning first place in the news writing category, as did the first-place winners in the other four categories.

Elizabeth Jaffy of Bexley High School won second place in news writing.

The other local students honored for their entries in the contest are:

Best Feature Writing

First place -- Carly Berndt, Bexley High School.

Runner-up -- Ben Krajnak, Bexley High School.

Best Opinion Writing

First place -- Kimmy Sullivan, Upper Arlington High School.

Runner-up -- Carly Hyder, Olentangy High School.

Best Photography

First place -- Sheridan Hendrix, Upper Arlington High School.

Runner-up -- Kota Ashton, Upper Arlington High School.

Best Sports Reporting

First place -- Maria Grund, Upper Arlington High School.

Runner-up -- Collin Witting, Delaware Hayes High School.

The contest, now in its fourth year, honors the late Martin L. Rozenman, former longtime editor of Suburban News Publications, reporter for The Columbus Dispatch and nine-year board of directors member of the Central Ohio SPJ.

Mentoring students -- and reaching out to young journalists to encourage their interest in the profession -- were hallmarks of Rozenman's career. He died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with a blood disorder.