For the first time in its 26-year publishing history, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student newspaper, The High School View, won first place among Scholastic Journalism Awards in the All-New England region for two consecutive years.
Helen Smith, director of the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA), presented the award to The View, published weekly during the academic year in The Martha’s Vineyard Times, during the organization’s 65th Annual Conference, held May 3 at Boston University.
In addition to the All-New England award in Division III, the students and their newspaper earned the highest achievement award in scholastic journalism, a state level honor. Four students — juniors Sarah Ortlip-Sommers and Thorpe Karabees, and seniors Charlotte Hall and Aoife Estes — earned individual special achievement awards for excellence in scholastic editing and publishing.
Seniors Lily Bick and Julia Cooper, and junior Sarah Ortlip-Sommers served as the newspaper’s editors in chief. Juniors Galen Mayhew and Nathaniel Horwitz, and freshman Christopher Aring-Sharkovitz were the assistant editors in chief.
Computer science and multimedia teacher Al Mahoney and English department chairman Dan Sharkovitz are the newspaper’s faculty advisers.
“Congratulations to our journalist colleagues at The High School View from all of us at the MVTimes,” Times editor Doug Cabral said this week. “Our association with the high school, with the changing writers and editors of the View, and with the energetic and committed advisors, especially the long-serving Dan Sharkovitz, over more than two decades has been a bright and rewarding experience for our newspaper.”