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2008 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Charles Smith Jewish Day School’s Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker, a senior at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland has won the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year. Schecker served as managing editor for the school’s newspaper, The Lion’s Tale.
Schecker began at the school newspaper in his first year, an experience that sparked his desire to make journalism a career. In the three years since, Schecker has tackled weighty stories such as a Jewish Day School alum’s experience in Iraq and illegal drinking among students.
Schecker supplemented his high school experience with some choice extra-curricular programs. He attended a sports writing course offered by the Maryland-D.C. Scholastic Press Association, did a six-week summer internship at The Gazette newspapers in Montgomery County, Md., and participated in a five-week National High School Institute Journalism program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he’s been offered early acceptance. He caps his prep resume with an induction into the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists in October 2007 and with two first-place awards at the Md.-D.C. Scholastic Press convention last Fall.
Schecker, who plans to pursue dual degrees in journalism and history, wowed the selection committee during the interview process to capture the annual honor.
, "Justin knows what it takes to talk his way into an interview no one else could get, and he is learning how to use the opportunities he creates to produce high-quality copy," Jewish Day School newspaper adviser Grace McMillan said. "Schecker is dynamic, creative and can spot a good story in all kinds of contexts."
Herald-Mail political reporter Andy Schotz, a member of the selection committee, said of Schecker: "His commitment to journalism is palpable."
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