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Staples Senior Win Sports Writing Scholarship

DJ Sixsmith Jr. of Staples High School in Westport is the winner of the 2011 Bohdan Kolinsky Memorial Journalism Scholarship competition. The award is named for a longtime scholastic sports editor of the Hartford Courant who died in 2003. It provides $1,000 for the winner's freshman year of college study leading to a career in sports journalism. By meeting certain standards of progress, the student may qualify for increased aid up to a four-year total of $6,500. Sixsmith is the eighth winner of the award since it was initiated by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance. The scholarship fund also is aiding earlier winners who attend Boston University and Syracuse University. Sixsmith is manager of the Staples radio station, WWPT, and sports editor of both WWPT and the student newspaper, Inklings. He received two first places in the nationwide John Drury scholastic radio awards competition last November. His selection for the Kolinsky Scholarship was based in part on a story about the financing of Staples sports that appeared in Inklings. Since 1940, the Alliance has recognized individuals from Connecticut who have achieved excellence on the youth, high school, college and professional levels. Those receiving the Gold Key this year include UConn-Avery Point baseball coach Roger Bidwell, Simsbury boys golf and boys soccer coach Ed Lynch, Notre Dame-Fairfield boys hockey coach Marty Roos and retired boys soccer coach Bill Wallach.

The Gold Key Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting president Zac Boyer at zboyer@courant.com or by mailing a check to Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance, P.O. Box 70, Unionville, CT 06085. For more information on the history of the dinner, visit the Alliance web site at ctsportswriters.org.

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