Members of Lynbrook High School’s newspaper club, Horizon, recently attended Adelphi University’s Press Day which included their annual Quill Awards competition, recognizing students in 15 categories. Horizon members took home awards in five of the six categories that they entered, with two first-place wins.
Approximately 30 schools from across the region and more than 300 students attended the event and competed for the awards. Each school was limited to enter only six of the 15 award categories with only one nominee in each category.
First-place winners included sophomore editor Andie Glanzer in the category of “Best Opinion Piece” for her article, “13 Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Gets It Wrong,” and senior editor-in-chief Dustin Mandel, who took home one of the most prestigious awards of the day for “Most Outstanding Reporter.”
“Dustin Mandell is an outstanding reporter and student, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of the Most Outstanding Reporter Award,” said Horizon adviser Jessica Sanders. “I'm glad the Quill Award judges felt the same way!”
Other Horizon award recipients included sophomore Kiera Derrig who won second place for “Best Illustration/Cartoon” for her illustration on how fall holidays blend together and senior Jackie Moreno who won third place for “Best Feature Article” for her article, “Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but Words Can Hurt Me Too.”
In addition, the Horizon online staff was recognized with honorable mention in the “Best Online Newspaper” category for the newly launched Horizon website, lhshorizon.com.
“I am so proud of these students and all the hard work they put into the paper and Horizon website,” said Sanders. “It makes me so happy to see them honored in this way.”