The American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) recently awarded Westhill High School’s (WHS) student-run publication, The Westword, with the distinction of “Most Outstanding High School Newspaper” for the 2017-2018 school year, an honor that was shared with only one other high school publication.
According to ASPA, publications are judged on content coverage, page design, overall concept, art/photography, editing and creativity. Each school publication is scored on a point system and is awarded a first-, second- or third-place classification. The Westword earned First Place based on its overall score. Out of a field of 205 publications, it was selected as a “Most Outstanding High School” newspaper by the judging committee from across the United States. Furthermore, The Westword received an “Outstanding Investigative Reporting,” special category award for a pair of stories on Net Neutrality written by WHS Senior Samantha Hamilton and Junior Daniel Greco in the December 2017 issue.
“Our student journalists cover the news with boldness and veracity. This award is a testament to their hard work and the critical role of a free student press in schools,” said David Wooley, WHS teacher and The Westword Co-Adviser.
“Our team works incredibly hard day in and day out. I am extremely proud of our staff, this is an outstanding achievement,” said WHS Senior Noah Klein, The Westword Editor-in-Chief.
The management staff includes: Editor-in-Chief Noah Klein, Print Executive Editor Addison Magrath, Online Executive Editor Josh Eimbinder, and Managing Editors Daniel Greco, Rachel Plotzky and Nicholas Zarrilli. WHS Teachers and Michael von Wahlde and David Wooley have served as The Westword advisers since 2004 and 2003, respectively.