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Tradition of Excellence Continues for OHS Buccaneer Bulletin

OSWEGO, NY – Award winning performances and evaluations have become a tradition for the staff of the Oswego High School Buccaneer Bulletin.

Once again, the Buccaneer Bulletin received a gold medal for being the best all around school newspaper in New York State.

Some of the Empire State School Press Association “Gold” awards are held by Buccaneer Bulletin staff members. From left to right are co-advisor Bill Reeser, Chief Photographer Jordan Oatman, Managing Editor Patrick Baer, Webmaster Rachael Purtell, Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy and co-advisor Heidi Conland-Sheffield.
Some of the Empire State School Press Association “Gold” awards are held by Buccaneer Bulletin staff members. From left to right are co-advisor Bill Reeser, Chief Photographer Jordan Oatman, Managing Editor Patrick Baer, Webmaster Rachael Purtell, Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy and co-advisor Heidi Conland-Sheffield.

Each fall, the students and advisors joined with other scholastic journalists and photographers for the annual Empire State School Press Association gathering at Syracuse University.

Heidi Conland-Sheffield and Bill Reeser are the co-advisors to the Buccaneer Bulletin.

Conland-Sheffield said, “I am very proud of last year’s staff for maintaining Buccaneer Bulletin tradition and garnering so many awards at this year’s ESSPA conference at Syracuse University.”

Continuing she said, “It is a great pleasure to work with OHS Journalism students to help them hone a variety of skills they may use in college and in the workforce for years to come.”

Not only did the OHS newspaper received a gold status, but the staff brought home numerous honors.

Rachael Purtell earned “gold” for “In-Depth Coverage” of “OHS Sports Teams Trying to Cope with Declining Numbers.”

Purtell earned another gold for “Sports News” as she wrote an extensive piece on the continuing problem of declining numbers in sports participation.

In the “Editorial Page” category the staff received a gold and silver award.

The “gold” editorial was “Oswego Unhealthiest County” while the “silver” focused on “Increased Schooling.”

The “Feature Story” classification saw Catherine Wells received a “silver” for “Help! My Teacher is My Parent! I Never Get a Break!”

The staff earned a “silver” for “Special Topic-Event Coverage” for the June 2013 Senior Issue of the Buccaneer Bulletin.

In the classification of “Portrait Photography” Patrick Baer earned a “bronze” for the Artist of the Month photo in the October 2012 edition.

In the area of “Feature Photography” Chloe Martin received an honorable mention award for her editorial “Oswego County health statistics shown to be worst in  the state.”

Wells also earned an honorable mention for “Cartoon-Illustration-Graphics.”

Madison Rhoades received a honorable mention for “Special Topic-Event Coverage” for “Fundraiser Continues to Bring In Large Donations.”

Future coverage could be enhanced as Conland-Sheffield said, “As we move forward, we are looking forward to developing our website in order to become more of an online presence as well as continue to work hard at producing award winning newspapers.”