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Pittsburgh, May 7, 2009 — This spring, La Roche College sophomore Rebecca Jeskey found out what deadlines in journalism were all about when she competed against more than 20 other local students in the Women’s Press Club Competition that took place on March 20 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

According to Ms. Jeskey’s adviser and La Roche College Professor Ed Stankowski, the competition required participants to listen to this year’s guest speaker, Barbara Barker D.V.M., president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, and write a single-source article within a two-hour deadline. The feature stories were then judged by three local journalists and a first, second and third place award was given to the top three writers.

Despite some technical computer problems that set her back by at least 45 minutes, Ms. Jeskey’s article won second place honors.

“For me, the hardest part of the contest was the fact that I had to write a decent article in approximately two hours. I didn’t have the opportunity to revise it. I didn’t have the chance to ask someone to read it and give me feedback. I simply had to write the story, submit it and hope for the best,” Ms. Jeskey said.

“Even though it was the most difficult part, I am glad that I experienced what it’s like to write a story on the spot. I am even glad I had a late start. It gave me a taste of what I will face when I get an actual job someday.”

Ms. Jeskey was pleased with the competition as a whole, as she said it gave her a chance to experience the pressure that is involved in a career in journalism. Finishing in second place gave her the extra confidence that she needed, too.

“It was an incredible honor to be awarded and recognized. When I left Point Park the day of the competition, I didn’t think I had any chance of winning. I was just happy to have even participated in the event,” she said.

Ms. Jeskey said that she owes her success thus far to her La Roche education and the College’s faculty.

“This college provides so many different opportunities that will help me in the future. I am lucky to have a mentor like Ed Stankowski, who always offers his help, advice and encouragement. We have amazing faculty members who are so supportive and always willing to help their students,” Ms. Jeskey said. “When you have passionate and inspiring teachers, it motivates you to reach for more than a good grade.”

Ms. Jeskey is a Reserve Township native who graduated from Shaler Area High School. She is a professional writing major with a concentration in creative non-fiction, and she plans to graduate in spring 2011. Ms. Jeskey is the daughter of Joseph and Janet Jeskey, also of Reserve Township.

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