Summit High School's Literary Magazine, Quintessence, received two prestigious awards for last spring's edition!
The American Scholastic Press Association awarded a first place ranking. Each year the ASPA awards the top high school literary magazines, newspapers and yearbooks in the country for the work produced by their staffs.
The magazine also received a rank of "Superior" by the National Council of Teachers of English. 417 schools entered NCTE's Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM). Summit High School's Quintessence was one of only 21 publications from New Jersey to receive a Superior designation.
These are well deserved awards for last year's Quintessence staff led by student editor Emma Cramer and advisor Kristy Lauricella. They worked hard to revamp the look of the magazine and to update their process for reviewing and selecting the top student submissions.
The Quintessence staff meets one to two times per week throughout the school year to review poems, stories, essays, artwork and photography submitted by students and then designs and lays out the magazine for publication in the spring. All students are welcome to attend the weekly meetings and to submit their work for publication.
Congratulations to the students and faculty involved in the editing and production of Quintessence and those students who were published in the magazine.
For four years running, SEF has proudly supported Quintessence with a generous grant that funds the advisor's stipend. This year's staff is looking forward to another great edition of the magazine to be published in the spring.