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2000 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Charles Smith Jewish Day School’s Yoni Brook

Yoni Brook, a senior at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Lion’s Tale, is the MDDC High School Journalist of the Year for 2000.
“More than just excellent writing, editing and photography skills,” Brook demonstrated “enterprise and enthusiasm and a dedication that could serve as a model for professional journalists,” said Michael Powell, the award's namesake and former managing editor of the Frederick News-Post. “His efforts to get stories and his efforts to write on deadline opened our eyes to the excitement that young journalists like Mr. Brook bring to our profession.”
In addition to covering stories like the resignation of the school headmaster and school security issues, Brook was credentialed for the NATO 50th Anniversary Summit, making The Lion’s Tale the only high school newspaper to report from inside the summit. Brook served as a reporter, photographer and photo editor before becoming editor-in-chief.
Overseas for a semester of work and study in Israel when the award was presented, Brook's award was accepted by his high school adviser, Susan Zuckerman, and his parents, Dr. Itzhak Brook and Joyce Reback Brook.

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