The Jeremy Winters story

Meeting Jeremy Winters happened by chance--or perhaps it was fate. When he arrived at WGN studios for the Chicago mayoral debate on Jan. 27, there was only one seat available in the audience--and it was right next to Tribune Standards Editor Margaret Holt. During the debate, Rahm Emanuel mentioned how a Simeon student approached him at an “L” stop and impressed him with his story of an after-school arts program that he co-created with a fellow junior at Simeon.

Margaret had struck up a conversation with him and found his story compelling. She passed on the tip to Trib Nation manager James Janega -- who talked with him later at a Trib Nation community conversation on neighborhood violence.

Word about Jeremy eventually made its way to The Mash, the Tribune’s weekly newspaper written for and by teens. The Mash decided to assign a cover story featuring Winters, who would later be honored with a Rising Star Award by the DuSable Museum.

The week of Emanuel’s inauguration turned out to be a very special one for Winters too. Not only did he attend the new mayor’s celebration that Monday, but the “City Hall VIP” was featured on the cover of The Mash, which arrived Thursday morning at Simeon and more than 200 other high schools in the Chicago area.

About The Mash

The Mash is a publication and journalism program created for teens and produced by teens. The Mash prints a weekly newspaper with entertainment, college tips, sports and more each Thursday at participating high schools. At themash.com, teens can find photos, events, job listings and contests. If you’d like to be a part of The Mash or get it at your school, contact us at themash@tribune.com or go to themash.com.

-- Phillip Thompson, The Mash editor

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