Three Montgomery County high school juniors were awarded scholarships to an intensive summer journalism program for five weeks in Blairstown, N.J.

Yvette Austin of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Tracey Briscoe of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, and Louis Jacobson of Landon School in Bethesda were among five students chosen from 18 applicants for the scholarships to Blair Summer School for Journalism. The 23-year-old school offers students experience in reporting, writing, photography and newspaper design and production.

The awards are sponsored by The Washington Post, which announced the winners last week. The scholarships have been awarded by The Post since 1981, and are open to students completing their junior year of high school.

At the same time, The Post presented its third annual Excellence in Journalism Awards to 12 area high school newspapers. The Black & White of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda and The Silver Chips of Montgomery Blair tied for first place in Maryland.

Second prize in Maryland was awarded to The Churchill Observer of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac. The Wheaton Scroll of Wheaton High School took third place.

Rockville High School's The Rampage was presented the photojournalism award in Maryland.