Veritas, Images Receive New England Scholastic Press Association Awards
Two Rockland High School student print publications, The Veritas and Images Magazine, received Highest Achievement Awards on Tuesday, May 2 at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference.
Highest Achievement awards, according to NESPA Director Helen Smith, are given to only those publications considered to be of highest quality in content and editing. In addition, the Veritas website also received a Highest Achievement award. With a Highest Achievement designation each publication is then entered into the All-New England contest.
This year, for the second year in a row, The Veritas newspaper came in first in the All-New England contest in Class III.
Awards are given in four classifications that are based on student enrollment. A school with an enrollment between 400 and 699 students is Class III.
Individual Special Achievement Awards were also announced at the conference. Adiza Alasa, a freshman in the Journalism class received an award for her sports story, “Girls basketball team wins league title,” printed in the February edition of the Veritas.
Smith said that Special Achievement Awards are given to individual stories, photos, and graphic designs that are “truly exemplary.” Out of over 1,000 individual entries, only 125 students were recognized individually. Alasa’s story competed against student submissions in all four enrollment classes.
Madeline Lannin-Cotton, advisor to the Veritas, said, “The All-New England first place award is quite an honor, considering that publications from all six New England states are entered into the competition. This year’s Journalism students were very excited to learn about their achievement. For our senior editor, Haley Marcy, it is her second first-place award as an editor of the Veritas.”