Broadcaster Piles up Awards

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Hot on the heels of their four Quill Awards in March, the staff of East Islip High School’s acclaimed newspaper The Broadcaster won another four honors on May 22 at the annual Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards hosted by Hofstra University.

In the Best Social Commentary category, senior Brandon Missig, the paper’s features editor, won first place for “Forgetting Silence and Simplicity” while fellow senior Iain Mawhinney’s piece “SOPA: Not as Constitutional as It Sounds” earned him a second place award. Winning Honorable Mention awards were Music Editor Michelle Arp in Best Arts Criticism for her essay “Hipster Nation” and Centerfold Editor Sarah Schreiner in Best Opinion Piece for “Should the Government Control Our Diets?”

Other Broadcaster staffers attending the ceremonies with teacher Joan Dlouhy were photographer Scott Cole, Copy Editor Joe Malone, cartoonist Taylor Smith and Sports Editor Cristiana Votta.
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Broadcaster advisers Dlouhy and James Connell also received word from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) that the East Islip school paper had won first place as Best Overall Newspaper in the 2011-2012 Scholastic Newspaper Awards. Eavan O'Connor, a senior who recently won acceptance to Cooper Union, also won first place in the Best Editorial Cartoon category for his work illustrating “Spewing %*@# (for lack of a better word).”

“The Broadcaster is one of our longest standing and proudest EI programs, and I congratulate the staff on this tremendous success and recognition,” said Board of Education President Glenn Reed.