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    Ballard newspaper takes top award at national convention
    Posted on 04/27/2016
    Award-winning students from Ballard High School pose with their adviser.

    The Ballard High School newspaper has earned the top Best in Show award at the National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles. 

    The first-place award is the highest placement in a national competition for the Talisman newspaper, which was also nominated in 2014 and 2015 as a finalist for the high school equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, the Pacemaker award. 

    Talisman staffers submitted their most recent issue, which focused on teenagers and mental health, for the Best in Show competition, newspaper tabloid category, at the convention on April 16. More than 3,000 students representing hundreds of school newspapers and yearbooks nationwide attended the convention. 

    Five Ballard students (shown above with adviser Michael Smith) also won individual awards in the on-site writing, design and photography contests.

    Read more from the Talisman on the newspaper’s website.