Broadcaster Rewarded with Recognition


The current staff of the high school’s award-winning newspaper, The Broadcaster, continue to uphold the paper’s longstanding tradition of success. At two recent competitions this past week, The Broadcaster was once again noted for excellence in newspaper production.

At the Quill Awards, an annual Long Island high school newspaper competition hosted by Adelphi University and part of Adelphi’s Press Day event, the staff equaled or bested their peers from other Nassau and Suffolk high schools, bringing home five awards in six possible categories.  

The staff as a whole took first place for best layout, awarded for excellence in design and layout, and an honorable mention for most outstanding newspaper.

Kerri Kolensky took first place in the best opinion piece category for her story “Finding Emily and Finding Myself.” This award is given to a thought-provoking personal column or opinion piece that reflects the writer’s voice and expresses an issue that affects the high school community.

Mike Dondero also won first-place in the best illustration or cartoon category, an award judged on the quality of the illustration and its connection to high school life. His drawing accompanied the paper’s November editorial on violence in the world today.

Nicole Humpf’s “It's a Reunion for Rydzeski” earned her an honorable mention in the best news story category, which is awarded to a well-crafted hard news story that deals with a relevant issue at school or the world at large.

Broadcaster adviser Joan Dlouhy and Editor-in-Chief Emily Glennon were invited to sit on the Quill Awards panel and participate in a discussion presented to the attendees on 1st Amendment rights and censorship of high school newspapers.

The Broadcaster also picked up two more prestigious awards at the LIU Post Best of High School Journalism Awards. Glennon won an honorable mention for her feature story “EI Alumni Creates Self-Made Business,” while the entire staff of the paper was recognized for its outstanding work, capturing third place for “Best High School Newspaper.”