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Golden Experience for OHS Buccaneer Bulletin Staff

OSWEGO, NY – The staff of the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin newspapers certainly won’t be superstitious about the number “13” as the staff recently returned from the 2012 Empire State School Press Association with 13 gold medals.

Traditionally the Buc Bulletin has been judged one of the best high school publications in New York State and once again a “gold” designation was given to the scholastic publication.

Some of the Empire State School Press Association “Gold” awards are held by Buccaneer Bulletin staff members. From left are: Business Manager Gabrielle Sacco, Sports Editor Alanna Maldonado, Co-Managing Editor Chloe Martin, Editor-in-Chief Madison Rhoades, Co-Managing Editor Taylor Falls,  Chief Photographer Patrick Baer and co-advisor Bill Reeser.
Some of the Empire State School Press Association “Gold” awards are held by Buccaneer Bulletin staff members. From left are: Business Manager Gabrielle Sacco, Sports Editor Alanna Maldonado, Co-Managing Editor Chloe Martin, Editor-in-Chief Madison Rhoades, Co-Managing Editor Taylor Falls, Chief Photographer Patrick Baer and co-advisor Bill Reeser.

Editor-in-chief Madison Rhoades said, “Last year we had a really hard-working staff and they were focused on working together with a goal of being an award winning paper.”

Current co-advisor Bill Reeser said, “I am extremely please because I think this is the most awards we have ever won. We did enter a few more categories than we typically had and received gold in those.”

He noted that earning “gold” was important to the staff.

He likened it to being a state champion in sports or marching band as he said, “When you are a state champion you expect to win the championship every year. We’ve established a tradition that we try to maintain every year and stay on top.”

Claudia Strong, ESSPA workshop presenter, said, “The Buccaneer Bulletin looks more professional than many professional newspapers that I have seen in my career.”

Staff “gold” awards were presented for “Service to School” and the topics of “Coverage of Teachers and Student Leaders,” the November 2011 and February 2012 editorial page, the “Use of Advertising in October and December of 2011 as well as “Design” and “Front Page” for four editions.

The staff also received a “bronze” for “Layout * Typography.”

Individual “golds” were earned by MacKenzie Oatman for editorial, photographer, personality interview story, portrait photograph, and a news photograph.

Justin Peterson earned“gold” for his “News Story” while Madison Rhoades earned“gold” for a feature photograph.

Patrick Baer received“silver” for a sports photograph on the May 2012 cover while Oatman also received“silver” for a “Personality Interview”.

Carlie Morley, Taylor Falls and Chloe Martin received“silver” for their “Special Topic-Event Coverage” of last year’s graduating class.

Alexis and Paige Daniels also earned “silver” for their “Editorial Cartoon” entitled “Drawing Board.”

“Bronze” awards were also presented to Oatman for a “Personality Interview” and “Portrait Photograph” as well as Peterson for “In Depth Coverage” of Oswego Reads and Morley for her “Sports Photograph.”

Kaleigh Fitzsimmons received and honorable mention award for her “Feature Story.”

Reese noted that credit needed to go to retired advisor Michael McCrobie and former advisor (who retired several years ago) Jan Noyes.

The current co-advisor noted, “The 30 years of traditional established by Mike and Jan is a tremendous foundation for the tradition we now have. I also have to thank the administration for its support of what we are doing.”

Co-Managing Editor Chloe Martin said, “We try to have current events not only in school, but in the community so people throughout the community will be interested in reading our newspaper.”

In regards to maintaining a winning tradition Co-Managing Editor Taylor Falls noted, “The pressure of continuing our tradition keeps the staff going, and this is sort of a transition year as Mr. McCrobie is gone and Ms. Sheffield is beginning to work with some of our younger writers.”

Sometimes when it is announced that Oswego had received “gold” there is a groan in the audience from other papers.

Rhoades said, “It is nice to know that we are making an impression. We need to keep up a tradition and keep the same reputation that we have worked so hard to achieve.”