PATERSON, NJ – Ten Paterson students recently were honored by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association at Rutgers University for their work on Kennedy High’s school yearbook and newspaper.

In a contest pitting them against students from similar-sized schools from around New Jersey, they won awards for writing, design and photography, according to Paterson Public Schools.

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State-appointed superintendent Donnie Evans handed out award certificates at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

The winners were:

  • Sabrina Fatima, a former student of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), now currently at William Paterson University, placed first in opinion writing for her story merit pay for teachers.
  • Natalie Cruz, Ginely Diaz and Gianna da Silva, three juniors from the School of Education and Training (SET), won third place for in-depth reporting for their articles on teen obesity.
  • Cruz also took first and second place in layout and design for her work on tattoo and obesity stories.
  • Jarvis Randolph and Norberto Arnau from SET took third place in sports writing went for their football article.
  • Juniors Ermelly Diaz, Danielle Flemming, Bergny Cuevas, da Silva and Ashley Viera received honorable mention awards for various writing submissions.