School newspaper claims ASPA recognition
May 24, 2012 12:10PM
Spartanite staff members include (front row, from left) Juliet Torres, Andrea Pacetti, Katie Plutz; (middle row) Veronica Quintero, Barbara Pajor, Roger Vargas, Afreen Yasin, Alyssia Kommenich, Kristen O’Connor; and (top row) Jordan Hepburn, Christy Turner, Adam Smith, Kyle Cheng and Isabella Ibarra. | Supplied Photo
Updated: June 28, 2012 12:56PM
The Spartanite, Oak Lawn Community High School’s newspaper, recently claimed first-place recognition in the Senior High School category for schools with an enrollment between 1,701 and 2,500 students by the American Scholastic Press Association.
The ASPA is a national association that judges student newspapers from around the country. The first-place award means the student newspaper earned a score of between 850 and 1,000, with 1,000 being the top-rated score.
Spartanite co-advisers Lauren May and Brian Frangella said they are pleased with the award.
“The students have worked hard and do a great job of balancing academics with their extracurricular involvement with the newspaper,” Frangella said. “We consistently put out a high-quality product. The students write the stories, edit the stories and create the pages. It is something Oak Lawn should be proud of.”
The student editors are Veronica Quintero (editor-in-chief), Barbara Pajor (news), Katie Plutz (spotlight), Jason Klaer (sports), Roger Vargas (opinions) and Kristen O’Connor (photo).
Writers and other contributors include Adam Smith, Kyle Cheng, Joe Fay, Josh Mira, Caitlin Danforth, Kelly Bressanelli, Cassie Moustis, Katelyn Mendez, Andrea Pacetti and Christy Turner.
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