Former DCI.org columnist Emily Tannert won a prestigious Society of Professional Journalists' regional Mark of Excellence Award (honoring the best of student journalism) for her series of "Etude" columns that ran on DCI.org from late 2002 to late 2003. Tannert's columns won first prize in online opinion and commentary. The results were announced Saturday at Western Kentucky University. In awarding Tannert the prize, judges noted, "This is a very entertaining series on being part of a drum corps. It's heartwarming, funny, and well-written by someone you know loves being part of the corps. A wonderful commentary." You can check out a list of other winners HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page to see Tannert's mention).