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2012 NIE Star Search contest results

Middle- and high-school students from within The Free Lance-Star readership area were invited to step into the shoes of our staff and submit work for publication.

Contest categories mirror the assignments of newspaper professionals. Winning entries for each category were selected by representatives from the equivalent newsroom or advertising departments.

We received 597 submissions. Judges selected 26 winning entries for publication in The Free Lance-Star and additional honorable-mention winners to feature here. .

Personal column essays
  • Nicholas Bessette: You can only avoid your problems for so long….
  • Hannah Haugen: The first time I set foot on a stage
  • Mykel Armstead: Never Give Up Hope
  • Kara Kreiling: Running for the Fun of It
  • Vincent Mallardi: Sacrifice
  • Trevor Martin: Just look up
  • Hannah Rowlette: Teen drivers
  • Lizzie Walker: First Ballet of Snow


  • Nicholas Henze
  • Simon Hu
  • Zoe Ramsel
  • Kara Smith

    Editorial cartoons

  • Christopher Poole
  • Benjamin Harris
  • Rachel Zimmerman
  • Jack Raymond
  • Jennifer Louie
  • Emily Caruso: "DWD (driving while distracted) is like DWI"
  • Valerie Lampert:  "Bullies in school:  This behavior is no joke" 
  • Tarah Portland:  "Public-school sports for the home-schooled?"
  • Wesley Richardson:  "Global warming: Belief will lead to relief"

    Ad Design

  • Allynah Thompson
  • James Johnson
  • Teddy Kincaid


  • Steve Miller
  • Travis Byram
  • James Martinsen


  • Kendra Smith, Fredericksburg Christian
  • Rebecca Maurer, Fredericksburg Christian
  • Antonio Tucker, Drew Middle
  • Keri Wilson, Drew Middle
  • Roman Rodriguez, Colonial Forge
  • Callie Mitchell, Drew Middle

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