First place: John Anderson, Wellsville Daily Reporter
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John Anderson writes about a lot of sad stories, judging from his contest entries. But he does so in an engaging, personal way, even when writing about a national personality such as Robin Williams.
Second place: John Quattrucci, Easton Journal
“This column was written the morning after my 13-year old daughter’s friend, Kacie, also 13, had committed suicide. Written to my daughter,and really, to all teenage girls. Hoping they would not make permanent solutions to short-term problems.”
Read online: How do I tell her?
My favorite column of the competition was “How do I tell Her.” What a way with words this writer has.
Third place: Alice Coyle, Scituate Mariner
A nice mix of humor and warmth.