2006 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Montgomery Blair’s Jody Pollack
Montgomery Blair senior Jody Pollack is the MDDC High School Journalist of the Year for 2006.
Pollack, the third Blair student to win the award in the last six years, began writing for the school’s newspaper, Silver Chips, in her junior year.
"The selection committee was very impressed with the serious topics of (Jody’s) articles. Her work challenged readers to pay attention to the world around them,” said Paul Milton, executive editor at Patuxent Publishing and chairman of the MDDC Editorial Committee. “Jody’s writing is crisp, detailed and descriptive. You can feel the passion she has for her work in the way she goes about her job as a high school journalist. We think she has a good future in this profession.”
Jody’s work has earned first place awards in the features, online features and online editorials categories of the 2005 Maryland Scholastic Press Association journalism contest. Pollack was a Sweepstakes Winner in the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ 2005 Quill and Scroll International Writing and Photo Contest. But, says Jody, “the real reward” has been developing and polishing her journalistic conviction.
Silver Chips adviser Maureen Freeman said: “(Reading) Jody’s work…has always been a pleasure.”
Silver Chips uses a rigorous, competitive application process to select students to join its' staff. According to Freeman, Jody’s work in a pre-requisite journalism course and a communications skills class made her an easy candidate to choose.
“Her story ideas are always interesting … She handles them with great maturity and insight, with solid reporting and careful interviewing of her sources," Freeman said. "I find myself simply reading her story as I would in any top-rated newspaper.”