Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
South High School’s art and literary magazine, Exit 33, and South Middle School’s art and literary magazine, Rebel Pen, have each received the rank of Superior-Nominated for Highest Award (second place) in the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM).
Forty schools in New York State received first- to fifth-place rankings in the competition from the 417 schools that applied nationally. South High’s Exit 33 was one of nine high schools in the State to receive the second place award. South Middle’s Rebel Pen was the only middle school to achieve this honor.
Exit 33 is an annual publication that includes student poetry, short stories, memoirs, art, and photography. Student editors were then-juniors Elizabeth Li and Emily Zhou, and then-sophomores Lora Pavlovich and Christine Wong. Layout and design editors were then-senior Sharon Fan and then-sophomore Christine Wong. Literary advisor was English teacher Richard Ehrlich. Art advisors were art teachers Katherine Saltoun and Lisa Stancati.
Rebel Pen is published once a year. There is a core group of 25 students who write and create art for the magazine, but submissions are welcome from all grades—sixth, seventh, and eighth. Last year’s winning edition published 113 pieces from 54 contributors. The magazine’s theme was “Time,” inspired by the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. The edition incorporated works from world languages, social studies, and technology departments. The magazine included poems (some bilingual), short stories, essays, line drawings, paintings, and watercolors. Editors-in-chief were then eighth-graders Emma Lu and Michelle Yang. Art director was then eighth-grader Annabelle Ng. Faculty advisors were English teachers Kirsten Kuhn and Nicolette Marr.