The 2015 staff of the high school’s official student newspaper, The Broadcaster, continued a winning tradition by again earning a first place award for excellence from the American Scholastic Press Association. This marks the fifth consecutive time that East Islip students’ efforts have received recognition by the ASPA, a national organization of high school newspaper competitions based in College Point, New York.
ASPA judges reviewed issues of the paper’s print edition and analyzed content, artwork, design, organization, editing and creativity. They used a detailed rubric as a scoring tool to evaluate each area, and awarded 885 out of a possible 1,000 points to The Broadcaster.
The Broadcaster also earned a remarkable 17 awards – a new school record – at the annual Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards, hosted by Hofstra University on May 27.
Second-place Long Island Press honors for East Islip in reporting and writing went to Mike Borelli (in the School New Story category), Katie Burke (for Q&A and School Q&A), Camila Cabrera (for Food Commentary and Pop Culture Opinion Piece) and Chris Sumano (the Aura Diaz Award for the First Person category as well as Opinion Piece and Social Commentary). Third-place reporting and writing awards went to Gab Deveglio (Arts Review – TV), Andrew Sciallo (General Opinion), Dennis Tavares and Matt Wenk (Q&A), and Meg Tohill (General Column).
In the newspaper design, illustration and headline areas, Mike Dondero won three awards (second-place and third-place awards for Entertainment Cartoon, and a third-place for Political Cartoon). Other third-place winners were Kevin Rosand (Single-Page Layout) and Clare Walter (Feature Headline).
“The staff of the Broadcaster is a great group of students who work so professionally together,” said journalism and English teacher Joan Dlouhy, the adviser for The Broadcaster. “From their brainstorming sessions, to interviews, writing and editing, they always encourage and support each other along the way. This is why we have been so successful. They have a passion for journalism and the results are outstanding.”