This year's In The Pipeline student journalism competition produced many more entries than last year, making the judging extra tough.
In fact, this year, we have a tie for first place — a three-way tie at that.
Congratulations to Andrea Resnick and Jimmy Nguyen, both juniors at Fountain Valley High School, and to Lauren Delcoure, a senior at Marina High School. Lauren, you might recall, won the competition last year, and returned strong once again.
As I said, there were many fine entries this year, but for me, these three students produced the most compelling stories based on my assignment to write about an interesting person, place or thing in our area, shedding light with their own personal details and photography.
Here are some excerpts from the individual pieces.
Andrea took us to a private place where she enjoys some of the most authentic, affordable Mexican food in Orange County. Her writing was emotional, vivid and detailed: