THE MARTY WINNERS

As noted previously, we lost our friend and colleague Marty Rozenman to a rare blood disorder last year. Marty, 56, was editor of Suburban News Publications for 20 years and worked not only with Columbus Monthly, but also The Other Paper and Columbus C.E.O.

One of his many admirable traits was his work with young and prospective journalists, either as a mentor in the newsroom or reaching out to the community. To honor Marty, Columbus Monthly and its sister Columbus Media Enterprises publications, as well as the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, have established a journalism contest for high school students.

We're calling it the Martys.

Editors from our various magazines and newspapers recently judged the more than 60 entries. Each first-place finisher receives a certificate and a cash award. In addition, the recipient of The Marty (the overall winner) is invited to the SPJ banquet on May 9 and given the chance for a mentoring experience with Columbus Monthly, The Other Paper, Suburban News Publications or Columbus C.E.O. (Check out their work at columbuslocalnews.com.)

News Writing

Sam Beech, Bexley High School (for a story on the Bexley school levy)

Feature Writing

Sophie Shemas, Dublin Coffman High School (describing an anatomy class)

Sports Writing

Lauren Rossi, Worthington Kilbourne (on freshmen playing varsity sports)

Opinion Writing

Megan Chen, Dublin Coffman (the consequences of using Facebook)

Photography

Colleen O'Shea, Hilliard Bradley High School (of a mock crash)

Overall winner (The Marty)

Sophie Shemas

This is the fourth straight year for our Single in the City package and it doesn't seem to get any easier. Not that we're complaining. It's a fun assignment for assistant editor Taylor Swope, who has overseen the project since 2009. But Taylor puts in a lot of time finding and interviewing our 10 singles and then coordinating everyone's schedules for the individual and group photos.

Last year, we got lucky with the weather and managed to squeeze out group shots in two locations in the Short North, including in front of the outdoor "American Gothic" mural.

We pushed our luck this year with the same strategy. One shot would be at DeepWood restaurant, the site of our Single in the City Party on May 16 (see details on page 128), and the other at Huntington Park.

A team that included photographer Mike Foley and design director Craig Rusnak spent an afternoon scouting locations at the home of the Columbus Clippers and found strong options. Then came the rain, which washed away our plans. (Many thanks to the folks there, including Joe Santry, media relations director, for their help. Maybe next year.)

But Nancy Colvin at the Columbus Museum of Art graciously allowed us to check out the newly renovated space, and it wasn't hard to select a gallery called Love & War for a singles photo shoot.

That was the easy part. Then Taylor scrambled to make sure the determined day and time would work out for the singles. Fortunately, after a last-second adjustment, all arrived and the result, as you've seen, is our cover for this issue.

To see the other group shot and the individual photos, as well as a Q-and-A with our singles, turn to page 40.