PV Student Publication Wins 42 State Awards

PV Student Publication Wins 42 State Awards
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The Pascack Valley Student Publication won 42 state awards, including first-place honors in 20 categories, as announced by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA). The organization announced award winners on Nov. 9 & 10 via Instagram Live sessions.

Contest submissions in 26 categories were made over the summer and reflect last school year’s content. 

The judge in the News Writing category couldn’t decide between three particular submissions from the publication’s heavily awarded “What’s in a Name?” package about the school’s mascot controversies, so she chose to rate all three in a first-place tie.

Senior Matt Austin continues to rack up photography awards, taking first and second places in both the Photography and the Online Photo Gallery categories.

The PVSP placed No. 2 among online student publications, ending its four-year reign atop the Overall Excellence rankings.

The full list of winners can be found at the GSSPA’s website. The list of PV Student Publication first-place winners is below.

News Writing (tie)

“The retirement of the PV Indian,” Ellie Kim, Abby Shapiro

“Response from the community,” Ellie Kim, Abby Shapiro

“BOE approves Panthers as new mascot,” Abby Shapiro, lmie Xhaferi, Emily Moy

Feature Writing

“From the field to the office,” Spencer Goldstein

In-Depth Reporting

“What’s in a Name?” — Rachel Cohen, Ellie Kim, Abby Shapiro, Sarah Shapiro, Emily Moy, Trishan Nilaweera, Kareena Shah, Allison Varghese, Spencer Goldstein, Ilmie Xhaferi, Sarah Buttikofer, Nolan Wasserman, Ava DeVincenzo

Editorial Writing

“It’s time to move on from the mascot discussion,” Ellie Kim

Personal Narrative

“What’s in a name?” Ellie Kim


“Class of 2021 Graduation held on June 16,” Matt Austin

Breaking News

“Panthers set to become Pascack Valley’s new mascot,”   Spencer Goldstein and Ilmie Xhaferi

Breaking/Timely Sports

“Valley conquered by Ramapo in season opener” —  Spencer Goldstein

Photo Gallery

“PV baseball falls short in ‘marathon’ Group 3 final” —  Matt Austin

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