I no longer believe in them. but when I was young awards meant a great deal. one of my earliest was in the interview category at the Northeasterrn Scholastic Press Association clinic in 1961 at Kent State University. I was editor of my high school paper then.
just yesterday my high school pal Charmaine Szanyi Hrusch sent me this picture which she took in the wonderful old University Auditorium. she was so far away from me that I'm unrecognizable. those clinics were a major reason I enrolld at Kent majoring in journalism & English.