Lynbrook High School Newspaper Wins 23 Awards in State Competition

Lynbrook Horizon staff members won 23 awards at the ESSPA competition. Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax
Lynbrook Horizon staff members won 23 awards at the ESSPA competition. Credit: Rosemary Leonetti, Syntax
By Rosemary Leonetti

Staff members of Horizon, the Lynbrook High School newspaper, won 23 awards in the annual Empire State Scholastic Press Association competition, including a silver award for best all-around publication and a gold award for special topic/event coverage.

Every year, schools from across New York State compete for these prestigious awards hosted by Syracuse University.

Students also won a number of individual awards. Erica DeMichiel (Class of 2013), last year’s editor-in-chief, won a gold award for best columnist portfolio. Other gold awards went to junior Zack Pekale for sports news and senior Skyler Kessler for photography. Skyler also won two silver and two bronze awards for his photography, including a bronze award for best overall photography. In addition, he and junior Maddie Fink won a bronze award for best picture layout/picture story.

Other silver awards were earned by Stephanie Mertz (Class of 2013) for editorial, Seth Moreida for news story, Angela Schickling (Class of 2013) for feature story and Tali Zingman for personality interview story.

Bronze awards went to Alana Kantor and Stephanie for editorial page, Seth for news story, Zack for sports feature, Bari Schechter (Class of 2013) for best design portfolio and Dan Walocha for special topic/event coverage. Bari and Dan also teamed up to win a bronze award for picture layout/picture story.

Honorable mention was given to Ana Gutierrez for special topic/event coverage, Frank Tomasso for news story and SoEun Lee (Class of 2013) for feature story.

Horizon staff members work under the guidance of adviser Jessica Sanders.


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