Summit Editor Receives Journalism Scholarship

September 21, 2012


This year's editor in chief of The Summit student newspaper Paige Allen '13 received the Esper Reporting Scholarship from the New England Associated Press News Executive Association at its annual banquet and awards ceremony in Worcester recently.

"Paige is a remarkable young journalist who has shown her commitment to the news business through her internships at her hometown newspaper in Maine, at a sports website and as editor of The Summit," said Journalism Program Director and Summit faculty advisor Maureen Boyle.

George Esper, who died earlier this year, was an acclaimed AP reporter. During his distinguished and award-winning career which spanned 42 years, Esper covered the Vietnam war and the first Gulf war in 1991, U.S. peace missions in Somalia and Bosnia, as well as many major stories in the United States.

"George Esper was one of the best in the journalism business, noted for his accuracy, his courage and his tenacity in getting the story to the readers in war and in peace. It is quite an honor for one of our students to receive this award in his name," said Boyle.

"I am very honored to receive this award. George Esper was an incredible journalist who worked diligently to uncover the truth and report news. To receive an award in the name of such a talented, dedicated and respected journalist is an incredible honor and I am very thankful," said Allen.

A communication major and journalism minor, Allen has been a member of The Summit staff since her freshman year at Stonehill. Last spring, her peers selected her to be the next editor in chief of the paper. She has interned for her hometown paper, The Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine and this past summer she interned at NESN where she wrote numerous articles for the sports network.

In addition to winning the Esper Scholarship, she was also the recipient of the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) Journalism Education Foundation of New England award this past spring. The NENPA awards up to ten scholarships each year to students who plan to pursue careers in the newspaper field.

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