WESTFIELD, NJ — A podcast created by a group of Westfield High School students received an Honorable Mention in a first-ever podcast contest by the New York Times.

"By way of background, student groups in our Humanities class worked tirelessly on researching one of seven assigned renaissances and created a podcast that explored a particular innovation or innovator from the assigned renaissance as well as a modern day innovator or innovation that is connected to the same," said Social Studies teacher Kimberly Leegan who designed the project with English teacher Steven Cohn.  

Leegan said that the students also appeared before a panel of judges (librarians Julie Walsh and Lesley Cora and master technology teacher Adam Pizzi) to determine if they had sufficient information to proceed, drafted and edited scripts, conducted interviews and recorded/edited the podcasts. Out of 675 entries submitted to the NYT competition, there were just 10 winners, seven runners-up and nine Honorable Mentions.

Read more in the NYT link. Be sure to scroll down to the Honorable Mentions list to listen to the podcast entitled "The Evolution of African Music," created by Kate Evans, Jenna Goldberg, Holden Grantz, Jack Sumas and Benjamin Zakharenko.