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Ducks Host 'Press Box Challenge' for High School Students

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks will host a journalism contest for local high school students entitled the “Anaheim Ducks Press Box Challenge.” Students are invited to submit a 500-1,000 word sample article by January 21, 2011 based on a prompt available on The student journalist behind the winning submission will have the opportunity to attend a Ducks game at Honda Center on Feb. 2 vs. San Jose, observe from the Ducks press box and interview a Ducks player.

“We’re excited to expand our continuing educational efforts to the high school level with this new contest,” said Ducks Director of Fan Development Matt Savant. “The contest will be an enriching experience for all participants with the winner receiving an exclusive hands-on opportunity to learn about the inner workings of sports journalism.”

Local student journalists from grades 9-12 are invited to submit an original article based on a prompt available at All 500-1,000 word online submissions will be read by a team of judges on Jan. 21. The first 50 students who submit an article will receive two tickets to an upcoming 2010-11 Anaheim Ducks game at Honda Center. The judging panel, comprised of Anaheim Ducks staff members, will select the top three entries. Of those three finalists, two runner-up articles will be selected. Each runner-up student will receive two plaza-level tickets to the Ducks contest on Feb. 2 vs. San Jose and a Ducks player-autographed hockey stick. In addition, both articles will be published on


The student who submits the winning entry will also be invited to attend the Ducks’ Feb. 2 contest vs. the Sharks and observe from the press box. Two plaza-level seats will also be awarded for the game for family/friends to attend. The winning student will meet Ducks radio and television broadcasters and take notes from the press box as part of a hands-on experience as a reporter for the evening. At the conclusion of the game, the student will be invited to conduct a live interview with a Ducks player. The student will also receive an autographed stick from that player. After the interview, the student journalist will write a feature story to be published in the March issue of Beyond the Boards, a monthly newsletter geared toward youth that includes features on Ducks players, the details of the game, community events, ticket offers and much more.
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