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2001 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Walt Whitman’s Melissa Robbins

Melissa Robbins, a senior at Walt Whitman High School, is the MDDC High School Journalist of the Year for 2001.
Robbins, managing editor of the school newspaper, Black & White, was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants representing high schools in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. “She rose to the top of a strong field of applicants by demonstrating a rare degree of reporting and writing abilities,” said MDDC Journalism Education Committee Chair Tom Linthicum, former director of employment and organization development at The Baltimore Sun.
Before becoming managing editor of the Black & White this year, Robbins served as in-depth editor and reporter since joining the staff in 1998. Her stories for the newspaper have covered such subjects as teenage suicide, sexual harassment, and the effects of school violence.
“Not only has her work been published in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, but her stories in her high school paper are insightful and confront compelling issues seldom addressed at that level,” said Linthicum.

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