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Huntley student receives scholarship

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Submitted by MyBrightMountain.com

MyBrightMountain.com, a new independent news source, shopping and information portal, and the Journalism Education Association named Marek Makowski of Huntley High School as the winner of a $1,000 scholarship for an essay he wrote about his aspirations in journalism. Makowski was one of two winners in the national contest that attracted entries from across the country. Claire Fahy of Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Calif. won the second $1,000 scholarship.

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As a provider of nonpartisan news and information, MyBrightMountain.com and its partners work to develop and encourage young newsmen and newswomen who will shape information age for years to come.

"Each of the students who entered our inaugural contest have shown us that despite the seismic shifts happening in the news business, the future is bright in their capable hands," said W. Kip Speyer, president of MyBrightMountain.com. "Their passion and commitment to journalism is evident in their writing."

Fahy's and Makowski's essays were among the 10 finalists posted on MyBrightMountain.com. A panel of judges chose Fahy as a winner and Makowski was chosen by visitors to the site as the second winner. Their winning entries and all the finalists' essays can be read at www.mybrightmountain.com/jea.aspx.

"Partnering with organizations like MyBrightMountain.com, we work to motivate the next generation of journalists and find that the students inspire us with the work they produce," said Kelly Furnas, executive director at the Journalism Education Association. "Contests like these help not only the winning students further their education with scholarship money, but all the students who entered by working toward their ultimate goal."

MyBrightMountain.com is an easy-to-use, consumer friendly resource that provides independent, nonpartisan news, market information, shopping deals and available jobs for the benefit of veterans' and others. Bright Mountain, LLC is based in Boca Raton, Fla., and it developed the site with the mission to help millions of people in need. For information, visit www.facebook.com/BrightMountain or follow it on Twitter, www.twitter.com/MyBrightMtn.

The Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

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