Sunday, May 17, 2009

Golden Heralds help weave community's fabric

The Golden Heralds Awards were phenomenal again this year, thanks to the stellar cast of candidates, judges and sponsors. I salute all the winners in my column today.

One of the coolest aspects of the Golden Heralds -- they are part of this community's historic fabric, whether 32 years ago or last year. Countless resumes have crossed my desk, proudly listing "Golden Herald finalist" as an accomplishment worth considering.

As this year's event was coming to a close, a young woman approached me, with her mom and sister in tow. It was Melissa Quinn, a 2008 Golden Heralds winner in Journalism. She had recently contacted me about interning at the Bradenton Herald -- she's now a student at the University of Florida, majoring in journalism.

This night, however, was not about her. It was all about her little sister -- Christine Quinn, who had just won the 2009 Golden Heralds' Honorable Mention in Music.

"I'm so proud of her!" Melissa gleamed as she introduced her sister again.

We're proud of both of you. And to all of you who help support the Bradenton Herald's annual recognition of outstanding seniors, thanks for making it a family tradition.

-- Joan

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