Yorktown High School's 'Soupstone' Wins National Award

Superintendent Dr. Ralph Napolitano stands with edtiors Emma Mangione, Allie Watson and Maddy Marro, and faculty advisor Patricia Calhoun in the Soupstone club room.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Soupstone, the literary magazine produced by Yorktown High School students, has won a prestigious national award. It was named a gold medalist by Columbia Scholastic Press Association, whose judges said the 2015 publication featured "exceptional prose, poetry, and visuals."

In their critique, the judges called the nonfiction pieces "compelling" and said the poetry showed "original thinking and fresh insight." They also noted how the magazine's images are "conceptually interesting, offering unique angles, fresh viewpoints and provocative insights" and concluded, "It is a beautiful magazine."

Needless to say English teacher and advisor Patricia Calhoun is quite proud.

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“They work hard,” she said of the student who write, draw and edit the contents. “And the students do the selecting and editing as well as prepare the next generation of staffers.”

The staff for the 2015 edition were Shannon Mitchell, editor-in-chief; Kelly Haberstroh, writing editor; Sydney Katz, writing editor; Kathryn Mirdita, art editor; and Sahil Mohan, art and layout editor.

This year’s lead editors: Emma Mangione, Allie Watson, Maddy Marro, all seniors, and junior Hailey Gironda worked on the award-winning publication and are prepared to work as diligently on the 2016 edition.

The club has roughly 30 members who meet monthly to review the more than 100 submissions of poetry, prose, artwork and photography. Their job is to encourage creativity in a positive atmosphere and get the contributors to stretch themselves and refine their work. They also have to select entries for the next edition.

Award winning is not new to Soupstone, which won this Columbia University Press award years earlier and in 2012 won the National Scholastic Press recognition as well.

The literary journal has been published since the 1970s, but took on the title Soupstone in 1989.  The name refers to the popular folktale where people pulled together unusual items, like stones and rocks, to feed strangers in a message of sharing, cooperation and finding new visions for old items.

“Not unlike the legend, Soupstone is a collection of artwork and literature contributed by the village of artists and writers of Yorktown High School,” reads the introduction.

This article was provided by Yorktown Central School District.

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