Smoke Signal Staff Continues to Win Awards

Smoke Signal Staff Continues to Win Awards
Photo: Kayla Barry (left), Rachel Cohen (center), and Katie Mullaney (right)

Pascack Valley junior andSmoke Signal staff editor Rachel Cohen's opinion column from this past November about the anti-Semitic graffiti at PV, headlined "Actions speak louder than words," placed first out of 198 entries in the Opinion Writing category in Quill and Scroll's Writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest. Quill and Scroll announced the awards in early April. 

Photo: Rachel Cohen holding her winning certificate
Photo: Rachel Cohen holding her certificate 

Three other submissions from The Smoke Signal, PV’s student-run publication were also  honored. The entire Smoke Signal staff took third place in In-Depth Team Reporting for its immersive coverage of mental health, including an entire print edition devoted to the topic.

Photo: Smoke Signal Editors 
Photo: Smoke Signal Editors

Senior Kayla Barry received an honorable mention in news writing for “Florida shooting affects local community,” a localized piece about a victim of the Parkland shootings who grew up in Woodcliff Lake. Junior Katie Mullaney was recognized with an honorable mention in feature writing for “The Road Unknown,” a piece about PV junior Sean O'Connor's road trip across America with his father.

Photo: (l. to r.) Kayla Barry, Rachel Cohen, Katie Mullaney 
Photo: (l. to r.) Kayla Barry, Rachel Cohen, and Katie Mullaney

Quill and Scroll, operating out of the University of Iowa, is a national scholastic journalism organization founded in 1923. The organization accepted submissions of articles published between February 2018 and February 2019 from across the United States and four other countries. Only about 10 percent of the entries received earned awards. Mr. William Rawson, PVHS English teacher, serves as the advisor to the Smoke Signal.

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