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Yorktown High School Literary Magazine National Award

Members of the editorial staff of the literary magazine "Soupstone" recently won a Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Members of the editorial staff of the literary magazine "Soupstone" recently won a Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Photo Credit: Yorktown School District

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- "Soupstone,” the literary magazine produced by Yorktown High School students, was just named a Gold Medalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Considered a prestigious national award, the Association judges said the 2015 publication featured "exceptional prose, poetry, and visuals."

In their critique, the judges called the non-fiction pieces "compelling" and said the poetry showed "original thinking and fresh insight."

They also noted how the magazine's images are "conceptually interesting, offering unique angles, fresh viewpoints and provocative insights" and concluded, "It is a beautiful magazine."

The staff for the 2015 edition were Shannon Mitchell, editor-in-chief; Kelly Haberstroh, writing editor; Sydney Katz, writing editor; Kathryn Mirdita, art editor; and Sahil Mohan, art & layout editor. The faculty advisor is English teacher Patricia Calhoun.

This year’s lead editors Emma Mangione, Allie Watson, Maddy Marro, all seniors, and junior Hailey Gironda worked on the award-winning publication and are prepared to work as diligently on the 2016 edition.

The club has roughly 30 members who meet monthly to review the more than 100 submissions of poetry, prose, artwork and photography. Their job is to encourage creativity in a positive atmosphere and get the contributors to stretch themselves and refine their work. They also have to select entries for the next edition.

Award winning is not new to “Soupstone,” which won this Columbia University Press award years earlier and in 2012 won the National Scholastic Press recognition as well.

The literary journal has been published since the 1970s, but took on the title Soupstone in 1989. The name refers to the popular folktale where people pulled together unusual items, like stones and rocks, to feed strangers in a message of sharing, cooperation and finding new visions for old items.

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