Nate Olsen is the winner in the "Cover a Jazz Game" contest. The contest was open to seventh- through 11th-graders. More than 250 entries were received and were judged on detail, writing style, humor, conciseness and clarity.
Olsen and two guests will be hosted at Friday night's game as the Jazz square off against the New York Knicks. He, along with his two guests, will meet Deseret News Jazz beat writer Tim Buckley in the press room at the Delta Center before the game. After dinner, Olsen, a junior at Timpview High School, will have his picture taken with a Jazz player and be interviewed on "Jazz Talk" on KFNZ 1320.
During the game, he'll sit on press row alongside other sports writers. The real work begins after postgame interviews as Olsen will then go to the press room and write his game story on deadline.
The second-place winner is Spencer Carlson of Spanish Fork. He will host his friends in a Delta Center club suite at an upcoming regular-season game.
Ten third-place winners will receive Utah Jazz ball caps. The complete list:
First place Nate Olsen, Provo; second place Spencer Carlson, Spanish Fork; third place John J. Morgan, Ryan McDonald, Shane Cummings, Dallin Turner, Jake Hibbard, Laini Larsen, Jason Liu, Monica Clifton, Amber Phipps, Eldon Brough.
Special prize: Lisa Hayward's sixth-period class, Crescent View Middle School.