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Publications honored at national convention

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Posted on April 24, 2018 by

McLean’s publications programs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in San Francisco April 12-15.

McLean’s yearbook was awarded fourth place in the Best of Show competition.

McLean High School also received the 2018 First Amendment Press Freedom Award. We were one of only 11 schools nationwide to earn this honor bestowed by the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach, and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content.

In the write-off competitions, four students brought home awards.

  • Anika Karmel – Literary Magazine: Poetry – Superior
  • Anna Brykczynski – First-Year Photo – Excellent
  • Maren Kranking – Newswriting – Excellent
  • Dasha Makarishcheva – Editorial Cartooning – Excellent

 

McLean High School wins First Amendment Press Freedom Award

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Posted on March 8, 2018 by

McLean High School is one of just 11 schools nationwide selected as a recipient of the 2018 First Amendment Press Freedom Award from the Journalism Education Association, the National Scholastic Press Association, and the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society.

The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach, and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student run media where students make all final decisions of content.

I am proud to support our talented student journalists in McLean’s excellent journalism programs, advised by Lindsay Benedict and Meghan Percival.

Winning schools will be honored at the opening ceremony of the JEA-NSPA spring National High School Journalism Convention in April in San Francisco.

The Highlander newsmagazine wins a Pacemaker

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Posted on December 11, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine was honored with a Pacemaker award at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association convention in Dallas on Nov. 18. Since 1927, many have considered the Pacemaker to be scholastic journalism’s highest honor. The Highlander is one of just 26 high school newspapers/newsmagazines nationwide to win the Pacemaker this year and the only one from Virginia.

http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2017-newspaper-pacemaker-winners/

Students also earned top honors in the organization’s extremely competitive Story of the Year contest. For their article “Beyond Gender,” Sri Medicherla and Melanie Pincus received fourth place in the nation in the feature story category. For “Finding Refuge,” Helen Bloom, Carlyn Kranking, Sanskriti Neupane and Aisha Singh received fourth place in the nation in the diversity series category.

http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2017-story-of-the-year-winners/

Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists and adviser Lindsay Benedict.

If you’d like to subscribe to the print edition of The Highlander newsmagazine, please click here and return this form to McLean High School: https://thehighlandernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Highlander-Subscription-Form-2017-18.pdf

Yearbook named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown finalist

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Posted on November 10, 2017 by

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their list of Crown finalists and McLean’s Clan Yearbook has been selected for this prestigious honor.  They will find out whether they receive a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University on March 16.

McLean is one of just 46 high school yearbooks from across the country to make the list.

Another fun fact: McLean’s Highlander newsmagazine learned they were a news finalist for a Crown Award last month – there are just 10 schools in the NATION that have BOTH their newspaper and yearbook on the lists!

The Highlander newsmagazine is a National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker finalist

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Posted on September 21, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine is one of just 49 high school news publications nationwide—and the only one in Virginia—to be named a Pacemaker finalist this year. Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor. Finalists were recognized for their excellence in coverage, writing, editing, design and photography, as well as “tenacious in-depth reporting.” Winners will be announced at the NSPA Fall Convention in Dallas this November.

If you’d like to subscribe to the print edition of The Highlander newsmagazine, please click here and return this form to McLean High School: https://thehighlandernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Highlander-Subscription-Form-2017-18.pdf

McLean’s yearbook wins a Pacemaker

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Posted on April 21, 2017 by

McLean’s yearbook and newsmagazine staffs were well represented at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association Convention in Seattle April 6 – 9. In the Yearbook Pacemaker competition, McLean’s yearbook was one of just 35 high school books nationwide to receive the Pacemaker honor. The 2016 Clan is one of just 19 high school yearbooks nationwide to be recognized with both a CSPA Crown and an NSPA Pacemaker this year!

In the Best of Show competition, The Highlander newsmagazine earned second place in the newsmagazine category and The Clan yearbook earned seventh place honors.

McLean’s publications are among the nation’s best! Way to go!

The Highlander newsmagazine wins a CSPA Gold Crown

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Posted on March 22, 2017 by

The Highlander newsmagazine staff was presented with a Gold Crown at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) journalism convention at Columbia University in New York City on March 17. This is their second year in a row to receive this prestigious award.

The Highlander is the ONLY high school newspaper/newsmagazine in the state of Virginia to win a Gold Crown this year!

CSPA’s Gold Crown is one of the highest honors in scholastic journalism. According to the CSPA website, “publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.” Congratulations!

Sabrina Vazquez, Alex Mandanas, Emily O'Keefe, Anya Chen and Nick Monroy accepted the CSPA Gold Crown on behalf of The Highlander staff on March 17.

Sabrina Vazquez, Alex Mandanas, Emily O’Keefe, Anya Chen and Nick Monroy accepted the CSPA Gold Crown on behalf of The Highlander staff at Columbia University on March 17.

Highlander editor-in-chief Melanie Pincus named Virginia Journalist of the Year

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Posted on February 21, 2017 by

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Melanie Pincus has been named the Virginia Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers.  Melanie, who is in her second year as editor-in-chief of The Highlander newsmagazine, works with teacher and adviser Lindsay Benedict.  Melanie will compete for the Journalism Education Association’s national award this spring.

Judges cited Melanie for her passion for reporting the news and for conducting outreach to middle school students to spread awareness of high school journalism and to provide information about media literacy.  She was also praised for her writing style, use of sources, professionalism in reporting about timely topics, skill at editing and providing feedback to colleagues, and keeping lines of communication open with the administration.  One judge stated, “Pincus’ portfolio looks like that of a college senior, with internships, awards, and hard news reporting that shows a hunger and knack for telling important stories. She takes stories that might appear mundane, such as teacher salaries, and explains them in a way that her readership will find compelling.”

It is a pleasure to work with Melanie, and this award is well-deserved!

McLean’s yearbook is a Pacemaker finalist

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Posted on February 14, 2017 by

I’m pleased to share with you that McLean’s yearbook is one of just 62 high school yearbooks nationwide to be announced as a Pacemaker finalist. Since 1927, the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker competition has been considered by many to be student journalism’s highest honor. http://studentpress.org/nspa/awards/2016-yearbook-pacemaker-finalists/

McLean is one of just 29 high schools in the nation to be on both the NSPA Pacemaker list and the CSPA Crown list this year, the two highest honors in scholastic journalism. Congratulation to adviser Meghan Percival and the yearbook staff!

Yearbook and newsmagazine selected as CSPA Crown finalists

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Posted on November 4, 2016 by

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced their lists of yearbook and news Crown finalists, and McLean’s 2016 Clan yearbook was one of just 51 high school books in the nation selected for this prestigious honor, while The Highlander newsmagazine was one of 67 news publications to be selected. Both publications will receive either a Silver or Gold Crown at the award ceremony at Columbia University on March 17.

It’s also exciting to note that McLean is one of just four schools in the country to have BOTH their newspaper and yearbook staffs named as Crown finalists this year!

Congratulations to McLean’s student journalists!