YHS' Soupstone Recognized as 'Excellent Award-Winning Magazine'

The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized the high school magazine as "first class," for its content, layout/design, and writing and editing.

  • Editor's Note: Thanks to the Yorktown Central School District for sharing the news with Patch.

Soupstone, the art and literary magazine of Yorktown High School, has been nationally recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as an "Excellent Award-Winning Magazine."

The judges rated Soupstone 2012 as "First Class," awarding it a special "Mark of Distinction" for exceptional content, layout/design, and writing and editing. In their critique, the judges stated they were "stunned at the quality of the content."

"Congratulations to the talented artists and writers whose work appears in the annual publication, and to the dedicated editors and staff of Soupstone for their achievement," Yorktown High School Principal Joseph DeGennaro said.

2011-2012 Editors-in-Chief were Dana Schlanger and Gabriella Mangino. Soupstone members included: Justine DeCora, Amy Dobson, Alex Boehme, Sierra Leitner, Alyssa Zack, Juneine Kefauver, Thomas Stringer, Allie Capalbo, Clarice Little, Callie Gal, Amanda Millan, Despina Marmaroupoulou, Jackie Kaishian, Lindsey Bunyaviroch, Shanelle Glanville, Mark McIntyre, Mike Cesario, Ben Finkelstein, Walker Galyea, Sammi Curran, Emma Fahey, Sahil Mohan, Sydney Katz, Shannon Mitchell, Chase Woodlief, Alaena Mendoza, Francesca Panzariello, Alejandro Rivera, Danny Evans, Margo Covone, Patrick Nininger, Kelly Habertroh, Alda Leis and Connor Bow.

The club meets every Tuesday in the Soupstone office, according to YHS English teacher and extra-curricular club advisor Patricia Calhoun.

"We strive to include a cross-section of students of varying grade levels, abilities, etc. to represent the talent present in the school," she said.

In addition, the Soupstone staff hosts several after-school and evening poetry and music performances (a.k.a. “Soupstone Unbound”) throughout the year to provide a venue for students whose talents are more performance oriented.

Writing and art is submitted by students individually. Soupstone members coordinate submissions, finalize selections, handle all editing, layout, etc. They also help with magazine sales, bake sales and other fundraisers to help cover production costs.

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