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Former Evanstonian executive editor (’13) Yoni Hirsch was recently named as a finalist in the 2013 “Story of the Year” contest sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association.

The Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by The Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The contest honors student work in the following categories: News, Feature, Editorial, Sports and Diversity. The categories combined yielded more than 750 entries. Judges selected finalists based on the value, importance or worth of story; quality of reporting and quotes; quality of writing and editing; and credibility and leadership

The first place winners in each category will compete for the $1,000 Brasler Prize, judged by Wayne Brasler of University High School in Chicago. First through fifth places and honorable mentions will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National Journalizm Convention on Nov. 16 in Boston.

Yoni’s entry, “Saying Goodbye to Dajae Coleman,” can be viewed on the NSPA website. Comments from all judging teams will be published on the NSPA website after the winners have been announced.