Teacher Wayne Brasler and student Sydney Scarlata receive top journalism honors

Posted Apr 11 2012


The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presented teacher Wayne Brasler with its Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching and senior Sydney Scarlata was named Illinois Journalism Education Association High School Journalist of the Year.

Mr. Brasler, who has taught journalism at Lab for more than 40 years, was honored in March at the CSPA’s convention in New York City. In his citation, CSPA Executive Director Edmund J. Sullivan wrote, “For nearly half a century, [Wayne Brasler] has inspired students at the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago into producing perhaps the most consistently award-winning student publications in the nation. In the words of one of his former student editors, ‘Mr. Brasler’s success was that he kept his hands on the writing, and his hands off the paper.’ More than 300 alumni of his program have pursued journalism as a career in one form or another.”

Sydney is the second U-Higher in recent years to receive Journalist of the Year recognition. Says Mr. Brasler, “The president of the Association told me that the other candidates were outstanding but none had come close to the level and amount of work, particularly in investigative reporting, Sydney had done.” The award will be presented to Sydney both at school and then at the governor's mansion in Springfield on June 2.

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