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Westfield High School’s Newspaper Earns Highest Rating from National Scholastic Press Association

Lorre Korecky

Monday, August 18, 2014 • 10:07am

The National Scholastic Press Association has awarded its All-American honor rating – the highest possible – to Hi’s Eye, Westfield High School’s student produced newspaper.  The weekly newspaper, the pride of Westfield High School since 1935, earned marks of distinction in 4 of 5 categories: Coverage/Content, Writing/Editing, Layout/Design, and Leadership, with judges praising the writing quality, the story ideas, the responsible journalism, and the fact that Hi’s Eye is a weekly paper.

Some of the judge's comments to the student staff which were shared this month with advisors Nicole Scimone and Rosemary DiBattista include: 

"Overall, very impressive what you are able to do on what appears to be a weekly basis. Very few high schools do this!"

"Commendably, when you cover something from outside of the campus, such as the anniversary of the Newtown massacre, you still manage to relate it back to your students. You give it a universal significance."

"'Flurry' (#14p1) does a good job analyzing the issue of snow days, offering the reader much more than the obvious."

In the leadership category, the reviewer concluded of the 2013-2014 Hi’s Eye staff, "You serve your school well."

This marks the third consecutive top distinction for Hi’s Eye.  Earlier in the year the newspaper was one of only three in the country receiving the distinguished Pacemaker Award from the National School Press Association for newspapers of eight pages or less.  Hi’s Eye also was awarded a gold medal by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in the print and web hybrid category for the 2012-13 school year. 

“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and the quality product generated by the Hi’s Eye staff and I congratulate them on another well-deserved recognition,” stated Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick.

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