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September 21, 2018

Buccaneer Bulletin Tops Award Winning Scholastic New York Press Association Publications


OSWEGO, NY – The award-winning Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin continued the tradition of being ranked among the best scholastic publications in New York State.

The New York State Press Association recognized the Buccaneer Bulletin at its annual conference at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs.

Proudly displaying the awards which were recently presented to the Buccaneer Bulletin at the New York State Press Association Conference are co-advisor Heidi Conland-Sheffield, Alumni Editor Victoria Armet, Layout Editor Alex Borland, Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy, Webmaster Rachael Purtell, Managing Editor Patrick Baer and co-advisor Bill Reeser.

Proudly displaying the awards which were recently presented to the Buccaneer Bulletin at the New York State Press Association Conference are co-advisor Heidi Conland-Sheffield, Alumni Editor Victoria Armet, Layout Editor Alex Borland, Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy, Webmaster Rachael Purtell, Managing Editor Patrick Baer and co-advisor Bill Reeser.

Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy and Alumni Editor Victoria Armet accepted the award as the best high school publication in New York State.

In earning the first place “General Excellence” award the judges said, “The front page photos are excellent. The ‘Athletes of the Month’ are fantastic. The use of graphics and pull-out quotes are very well done. Stories are well-written and overall these are excellent newspapers.”

The awards didn’t just stop at the “General Excellence” category, but several plaques were brought home.

The paper earned first place in “Design” as judged said, “There is a great use of color and it is fun to read. There is excellent formatting of photos and wrapping text. The incorporation of sidebars, cartoons and pulled quotes and materials looked fantastic. There was a clean format while not feeling boring.”

In the “Sports” category Rachael Purtell received first place recognition.

Judges said, “Rachael wrote a great ‘good-feel’ story about a fundraising Dragon Board Festival that benefits the YMCA’s kids program. It was a nice touch to have a photo taken by the author included. It was very nice!”

The Buc Bulletin earned a second and third place honor for “Feature” story. Purtell received recognition for second place and Patrick Baer a third place award.

In the “Photography” category Baer received second place recognition.

Baer also received a third place award in the “Column” category.

There were two honorable mention awards with Alex Borland earning recognition in the “Best Sports Story” category and Purtell in the “Column” area.

The Buccaneer Bulletin has a tradition of capturing awards for its high-quality publication.

Bill Reeser and Heidi Conland-Sheffield are the co-advisors of the Oswego High School publication and they were once again quite proud of the dedication, determination, talent and professionalism of their high school journalists and staff.

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