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Judges Set for Banner’s Freedom of Speech Essay Contest
February 21, 2007 - Three judges will evaluate nine essays submitted to The Banner’s inaugural Freedom of Speech Essay Contest. Eighteen hundred dollars in prize money is at stake, yet only nine students from two schools participated. Eight of the essays were written by Knightstown High School students while one Eastern Hancock High School student participated. First prize is $1,000. Second and third place finishers will receive $500 and $300, respectively.
Prizes will be awarded in cash at a later date, according to Banner Publisher Eric Cox, who organized the contest at the beginning of the year. Contest rules indicated essays were to be 500 to 1,200 words in length. “It’s a little bit of work for a whole lot of money,” Cox said. “We were really surprised that more kids didn’t participate. But, we’ll be happy to hand out $1,800 in prize money, which, by the way, isn’t earmarked for anything in particular. Winning students may save the money or spend it how they like, when they like.”
Winning essays will be published in their entirety.
The three contest judges include:
Novella Nedeff joined the Indiana University (Indianapolis) Law Clinic faculty in 2002 as a visitor and became a clinical associate professor of law in 2003. She is a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University (Indianapolis) law school and a former associate editor of Indiana Law Review. For 11 years prior to joining the school’s faculty, she was employed by the Marion County Public Defender Agency and most recently was assigned to major felony cases. She also served as a supervisor of public defenders and as director of the agency's training program. Earlier in her career, she served on the staff of the Indiana Public Defender, during which time she litigated post-conviction cases at trial and on appeal.
Barb Mofield retired from Eastern Hancock Middle School where she taught sixth grade social studies for 33 years. She is now executive secretary for Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Indiana. Mofield is a 22-year member of Knightstown Business and Professional Women’s Club. She has served as president of the Knightstown BPW several times and on many Indiana BPW District 4 committees. She helps with Reality Store events in the area.
Mofield is also very active in Girl Scouts. She is leader of a senior Girl Scout troop and a cadette Girl Scout troop as well as a council trainer, day camp director and service unit manager. She also serves on several task forces. A member of Psi Iota Xi, she also maintains memberships in Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary, and Friends of the Knightstown Library.
Lyndon Wall has taught journalism at Perry Meridian High School for 26 years. Wall has worked for various newspapers, most recently the Johnson County Daily Journal, and taught in college, at Taylor University in Upland. For the most part he has been a classroom teacher. “I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from any number of outstanding students,” he said. Currently, Wall teaches 118 students in four sections of first year journalism and he serves as adviser to the high school newspaper, Focus. He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and his master's degree from IUPUI.
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