High School View earns top award


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student newspaper, the “High School View,” earned the 2014 “Highest Achievement Award” in scholastic editing and publishing (Class III) from the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA). The award was presented at the 66th annual NESPA Conference held May 2 at Boston University by NESPA Executive Director Helen F. Smith. The award reflects the outstanding quality and excellence of the entire body of work published by the students during the 2013-2014 school year.

Seniors Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, Nathaniel Horwitz, and Galen Mayhew were the newspaper’s Editors-in-Chief.

Two students also earned individual “Special Achievement Awards” for excellence in scholastic journalism — Thorpe Karabees for his artwork illustration, and Christopher Aring-Sharkovitz for his news story.

“Our staff has worked incredibly hard this year to make The High School View an excellent newspaper,” Sarah Ortlip-Sommers said. “I am grateful for all of our contributors — artists, writers, photographers — whose work has been crucial to the success of this newspaper. It’s strange to think we’ll be graduating next month and passing down the newspaper to next year’s editors, especially because journalism has been such an important part of our lives, both in and out of school. I’m sure my co-editors would agree that working on the High School View has been integral to our high school experiences and our growth as writers and editors.”

The High School View is prepared by students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and published during the school year as a page in The Martha’s Vineyard Times, with the support of many Island businesses and individuals.

NESPA is an association based in Boston University’s College of Communication. Its mission is to promote all forms of student journalism, including print and broadcast journalism, yearbook production, and literary magazines. The program offers journalism awards for excellence in scholastic writing, editing, and publishing, and is open to all New England secondary schools.

Thirty-five full- and part-time student journalists participated this year in producing the View.

Regional high school English department chairman Dan Sharkovitz served as the newspaper’s faculty adviser.