Judges' comment: Proctor's story "vividly transports readers to a home in Iraq in 2005 through the eyes of a then 5-year-old girl who witnesses her father being shot in the chest and arm."

Students from six central Ohio schools earned recognition in the seventh year of a local journalism contest.

Winners and runners-up represent Bexley, Dublin Coffman, Delaware Hayes, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools and Columbus Academy.

The Martys, an editorial contest for high school journalists, is co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and Dispatch Media Group.

It was started in 2011 in memory of Martin L. Rozenman, the longtime editor of Suburban News Publications, which merged with ThisWeek Community News in 2012.

He also was a reporter with The Columbus Dispatch, a freelance writer with other Dispatch Media Group publications and a member of the Central Ohio SPJ board of directors.

Mentoring young journalists was a hallmark of Rozenman's career.

Rozenman died in 2010 after a lengthy battle with a rare blood disorder.

The contest features five categories: feature writing, news writing, opinion writing, photography and sports writing.

Winners and runners-up receive award certificates and first-place finishers also get a cash prize.

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

This year's winner of The Marty, Clare Proctor of Dublin Coffman, was honored April 6 at Central Ohio SPJ's annual awards banquet. She received her award from Rozenman's wife, Nancy Richison.

This year's winners in The Martys are:

Best Feature Writing

Winner: Clare Proctor, Dublin Coffman, The Perspective, "After the attack"

Runner-up: Proctor, The Perspective, "Held hostage"

Best News Writing

Winner: Emily Metheney, Hayes, The Talisman, "Legalization of medical marijuana leads to debate of recreational, medical use"

Runner-up: Zander Hirsch, Bexley, The Torch, "Superintendent Johnson to retire in summer of 2017 after 16 years"

Best Opinion Writing

Winner: Nick De La Cruz, Bexley, The Torch, "High school should work to diversify teaching staff"

Runner-up: Tristan Rhee, Columbus Academy, The Academy Life, "Americans should value substance over symbolism." Rhee resides in New Albany.

Best Sports Writing

Winner: Jillian Reed, Hayes, The Talisman, "Henry, Pollex, Young participate in school athletics"

Runner-up: Chase Brown, Worthington Kilbourne, The Ravine, "Difference"

Best Photography

Winner: Charlotte Janes, Upper Arlington, Arlingtonian, "Pressing the police"

Runner-up: Sarah Martin, Upper Arlington, Arlingtonian, "Issue 2 cover photo"

The Marty

Proctor, The Perspective, "After the attack"

The judges commented: "The story vividly transports readers to a home in Iraq in 2005 through the eyes of a then 5-year-old girl who witnesses her father being shot in the chest and arm. Fast forward to the family today, living and adapting to a new life in the U.S. The writer gives us a perspective we seldom glimpse behind the headlines."

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