SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School literary magazine earned a gold medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  According to teacher and advisor Christy Graham “Beginnings” a compendium of student poetry, essays, photography and art.

"It is a prestigious award and not an easy task but looking through these pages you can tell all the hard work these students put into creating this beautiful magazine has really paid off," Graham said.

"The Beginnings magazine represents a wonderful collaboration between writers and artists," English Supervisor Mary Hassenplug said. "The students work hard to find connections between pieces that bring out the best in both of them. This synthesis of texts was highlighted as a strength of the magazine in receiving this recognition and we are very proud of the efforts of our students and advisors." 

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The student staff for the 2018- 2019 Beginnings is:

  • Claire Riley,
  • Marguerite Bysshe,
  • Kaela Burke,
  • Sophie Regeimbal,
  • Waleed Panjwani,
  • Alexis Titus,
  • Katie Ross,
  • Kanita Tariq,
  • Libbie Zeller,
  • Mikayla Bivona,
  • Alex Cohen,
  • Polina Novozhilova,
  • Parker Sokol

The advisers are: Christie Graham and Laura Sofen. 

Sparta High School students earned the top medal in a field of submissions from around the country. The Beginnings’ staff receive feedback from judges in their critique that comes along with the score.  The Columbia University program has been evaluating and promoting student creative expression since 1925.