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Three Florida Seniors Win DJNF Scholarships T he Dow Jones News Fund selected three high school journalists as winners of its 2017 Summer Journalism Workshops Scholarship Competition. The competition recognized the best work by participants in eight Fund-sponsored summer high school journalism workshops. All three winners were among 20 students in the James Ansin/Peace Sullivan High School Journalism and New Media Workshop at the University of Miami. Guided by workshop directors Samuel Terilli and Fred Blevens, students produced a magazine, website and several videos. Casey Chapter won Best Multimedia for her video about the Wynwood Maker Camp. Best Photography went to Manuel Fernandez for his photo accompanying a story about Miami’s transit system. Sabrine Brismeur won Best Reporting for her story about unreported cyberattacks on Florida businesses. Blevens said, “We are delighted that our students were able to win all three scholarships. These three students BEST REPORTING SABRINE BRISMEUR A senior at Cooper City (Florida) High School, Sabrine Brismeur, won for her article “Secretly Unsecure,” about the secrecy surrounding cyberattacks and cyber security issues in Florida. Blevens praised her dogged reporting, “Sabrine chose to explore the huge cyberattack on the Port of Miami. What she discovered was an impenetrable veil of silence, one that lead to the all- important question of why. The answers she found were stunning and chilling.” were remarkably talented and extremely educable, a combination that almost always spells success. They also established themselves as extraordinary leaders among their peers.” For the competition, each workshop director nominated up to three students, one for each category. The nominees submitted an essay about their interest in pursuing journalism in college and a piece of work produced at the workshop. The winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. The winners were selected by six Dow Jones News Fund alumni: Melissa Angell, a senior at the University of Virginia; Amanda Eisenberg, Associate Editor, Employee Benefit News; Charmaine Harper, an editor at The Wall Street Journal; Lou Kadiri, Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Jerry Schwartz, deputy director of top stories and enterprise, The Associated Press and Zara Stone, freelance reporter and Silicon Valley Contributor at Forbes. While Brismeur has enjoyed reporting and editing for her high school newspaper The Lariat, she says the Ansin/Sullivan Workshop unlocked a passion for research and investigative journalism. Brismeur wrote in her essay, “I realized I loved the adrenaline of a telling interview and the stress of running around to make calls.” “For many, journalism is about giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories to the public. And while I agree, journalism for me has been more about the search: the tenacity, the honesty, the unapologetic attitude to learn what needs to be learned and put that information out for the world.” BEST PHOTOGRAPHY MANUEL FERNANDEZ Best Photography winner Manuel Fernandez is a senior at the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami. His winning photo accompanied a story about technological upgrades to Miami’s transit system. On his award-winning photo, Blevens wrote, “Manuel had a tough assignment that required scouting train passengers on Miami’s Metro to find those who might benefit from a new digital management system. He found an