Broadcaster’s Banner Year

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It was another banner year for the high school’s official student newspaper, The Broadcaster, whose staff – led by Jen Converso and Meg Tohill, the co-editors in chief – recently earned a first place award for excellence for the fourth time in a row from the American Scholastic Press Association. For the first time, ASPA, a national organization of high school newspaper competitions based in College Point, New York, also named The Broadcaster one of the 18 "Most Outstanding High School Newspapers" in the nation.

On May 23, the newspaper continued its winning streak by amassing a remarkable 37 awards – a new school record – at the annual Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards, hosted by Hofstra University. East Islip’s students won 11 first place, 11 second place, 13 third place and two honorable mention awards in the categories of writing, layout, design and cartooning, succeeding in a pool of 2,000 entries submitted by students from high schools all across Long Island. 

“These students work so hard at what they do,” said journalism and English teacher Joan Dlouhy, co-adviser for The Broadcaster along with James Connell. “They always work as a team, help each in offering feedback on their articles, respect one another’s work and offer assistance when needed. They are truly the voices of East Islip High School and deserve every one of these awards.”