BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Claymore, the Governor Livingston High School 2017 Yearbook, won the second highest award for all state entries at the Garden State Scholastic Press Association awards ceremony.

Superintendent of Schools Judith Rattner used the Mission Moment to reveal the award information to members of the public at the Oct. 12 meeting of the board while discussing the benefits of co-curricular activities.

The co-curricular activities “enhance an academic class taught during the school day,” she said. Examples of co-curricular activities include the newspaper, marching band and yearbook. These activities “provide an opportunity for students to learn a lot about real world things,” she said, citing the Claymore as an example. Planning and production of the Claymore involves, photography, budget, writing, design, composition, marketing and selling advertising.

Members of the Claymore staff, Chelsea Deegan, Sydney Goldstein, Gauthami Moorkanat, Lauren Plattman, Bridget Lynn, Mikayla Sanchez, Anna Marino and Dominick Pellegrini and its advisor, Staci Toporek, attended the meeting. Grace Delia and Jake Plattman, who are also on staff were not able to be at the meeting. Toporek introduced those who were at the meeting, many of whom are back for the second year, and praised the staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.