Two student publications, the Cupola yearbook and the arts and literary magazine IMAGES, received a total of five awards based on their work during the 2014-15 school year.
The Cupola was honored with three awards: second place from the American Scholastic Press Association, third place from Herff Jones, and the bronze award from the Garden State Scholastic Press Association.
“For all awards, our staff receives critiques and notes for improvement,” said Cupola Co-Advisor and Art Teacher Nicole Edmund. “We submit our publication for these contests partly as an affirmation of our student talent, but also to understand how we can improve our product.”
English Teacher Emily Salazar also acts as Cupola Co-Advisor, and the Editors-in-Chief for the 2015 Cupola were Taylor McManus ’15, Nicolette Tamburri ’15, and Aliya Williams ’15. In total, there were 20 students on the yearbook staff.
The arts and literary magazine IMAGES, received two awards in its first year submitting an entry for any award or review. The magazine received a Silver Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The school was given a plaque to commemorate the highly prestigious ranking, as the Columbia Scholastic Press is the most selective in its juried awards. In addition, IMAGES earned a second place honor from the American Scholastic Press Association.
In its letter of recognition, the American Scholastic Press Association praised the efforts for the 2014-15 publication.
“Creating a magazine teaches students the fundamental skills of creative writing, publishing, good writing skills, proofreading and editing skills, concepts of design and composition, and promotes and supports a community of young writers and gives them esteem. Your magazine shows the emerging efforts of talented and creative editors, writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphic designers, staff members, and advisor.”
English Teacher Scott Hammer was the advisor and assisted with editing the written works. Ms. Edmund advised design, art selection, and production. Submission readers included Lilla Butterworth ’16, Arianna Caiazzo ’15, Amanda Gregory ’15, former student Jasmine Joshi, Natalia Queenan ’16, Supti Roy ’15, and Alexis Tsapralis ’16. Mattie Sloan ’17 was the graphic designer.