OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School Yearbook staff recently attended the Empire State Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference at Syracuse University, where they attended a variety of workshops, as well as received a number of awards related to the 2011-2012 edition of The Paradox.
Co-Advisor Warren Shaw said, “The Oswego High yearbook was awarded a Gold level recognition, identifying it as one of the best in New York State. Numerous OHS Yearbook staff members received individual awards, as Chrissy Abare, Emily Fleischman, Lauren Peel, and Sarah Gosek were identified as Gold award winners in such categories as art work, writing and graphic design.”
In addition to those awards, Mackenzie Oatman, Christie Hoefer, Sarah Gosek, Sydney Mangano, Heather Rounds, Hannah Allen, and Brittany Juravich all received one or more awards from the ESSPA judges.
Shaw said, “it is very rewarding to see our students recognized for their hard work. We had a number of winners in the areas of photography and graphic design, areas in which we have several students continue their education and pursue career opportunities. In fact, it was great to see MacKenzie Dunsmoor, last year’s editor, at Newhouse where she is doing exactly that.”
Editor Lauren Peel added, “ESSPA is an opportunity to take the skills we learn in class and put them to the test. Not only do we compete for awards, but the classes we attend are beneficial to improving the quality of our book.”
Now that the state level competition is behind them, the yearbook staff turn their attention to National level competition at Columbia University in the spring.
Co-advisor Chris Mangano stated that, “New York State and national recognition not only allows our students incredible opportunities for potential future careers, but also establishes academic evidence of our efforts to create a school of excellence. The kids really learn a lot, apply what they learn, and do a fantastic job.”