Randolph High School Aspiring Journalists and The Alternative Press Team Up to Launch "TAP Club"

(Left to Right) Caroline Byrne (senior), Vicky Pereira (senior), Andrew Sciancalepore (sophomore), Mikayla Templeton (junior), Alana Levene (sophomore), Emma Spagnuolo (junior), Sean Keogh (sophomore), Lindsey Klein (senior), Emma Flanagan (senior), Mr. Jon Zlock (adviser). Front row: Jennifer Drury (senior) and Megan Drury (sophomore).   Credits: Wendi Manderioli

RANDOLPH,NJ- A young writer wants nothing more than to have their work recognized, but it’s not always easy. The school newspaper is a fine place to start, but it only reaches students. has teamed up with Randolph High School to give students the opportunity to have their news articles seen by the entire community.

 “I like how it gives you opportunity to write about whatever you're passionate about,” Emma Spagnuolo, a junior at Randolph High School, said.  Recently, Spagnuolo has been writing articles for The Alternative Press (TAP) about the RHS hockey games.

Other NJ communities who use TAP as a daily source for news have also recruited students to write articles for their town sites.  It only seemed fit that Randolph should follow the trend.  Wendi Manderioli, town editor, and Jon Zlock, RHS journalism teacher and school newspaper adviser, have teamed up to start a TAP Club at the high school.

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"Our students are developing real-world journalism skills and knowledge in the TAP Club, and partnership with the RHS journalism program, [allowing] them to grow as writers and reporters beyond the classroom," said Zlock. "We have a great group of kids who I have no doubt will be able to provide the TAP readers with thoughtful, clear and well-written stories about Randolph schools. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us."

There are about a dozen students involved in TAP Club so far.  They are able to write in specific areas of interest and gain real-life journalism experience.  Most of them have taken a journalism class at the high school or are involved in Rampage, the school’s newspaper.  The TAP Club will be another way for students to branch out in the journalism world.

“I believe it will also result in students improving critical life skill areas including time management and their sense of responsibility,” Manderioli said.  “It will be a fun experience for all of the students involved.”

The TAP Club will be beneficial to both the students involved and the residents of the Randolph community. Residents will gain insight to what is going on within the high school, and TAP Club members will be able to include their involvement in the club on applications for college and work resumes.

Andrew Sciancalepore is a sophomore at RHS who is involved in the TAP Club.  He described the experience as a “head start to the journalism game.”

The TAP Club is expected to grow over the next few years, and see its' student members flourish.   


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