School magazine wins press groups' awards

Students' `Perception' has second printing

October 04, 2001|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF

Perception, the Annapolis High School literary magazine, is enjoying a rare honor this month: a second printing, after the first press run of 200 copies sold like a John Grisham thriller.

And last week, the student-produced magazine won two more honors: a gold medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a first-place award from the American Scholastic Press Association.

Annapolis High shared those awards with other high schools around the country. But the Perception staff members said they were still thrilled with the recognition.

"I thought we put together a pretty good magazine, but I didn't think it was as good as this," said junior Pia Blumenthal, an editor for the magazine.

The awards come as the Anne Arundel County school system emphasizes improving the quality of the magazines and getting more students involved in them.

Each high school gets $1,000 to help with printing their annual magazines.

Advisers and editors also come together in October for a training and evaluation session with consultants at the school board headquarters.

"What's heartening to me is that everyone is moving forward," said Anelle R. Tumminello, the school system's English coordinator.

The Severna Park High School magazine, Impulse, also has won awards in recent years.

The magazines feature poetry, short stories, photography and artwork by students. Perception included work from more than 50 students.

English and art teachers are encouraged to pass along work from their students that they consider publishable.

The staff of Perception also has tried to raise its profile, participating in homecoming events, holding poetry readings and recruiting at freshman orientation.

"If I see a kid doodling in the library, I'll say, `You have to give us some of your work,'" said Leslie Gershon, the magazine's adviser and chairwoman of Annapolis High's English department. "Now I can tell them we have an award-winning publication."

The work in Perception last year included a lighthearted sonnet devoted to Justin Timberlake, the heartthrob singer for boy band 'N Sync.

It ended like this: "O' Justin Timberlake you are so great/If only you would take me on a date."

The magazine also featured "The War Report," a grim poem of growing up in housing projects that included these lines: "Growing up in the projects ain't no walk in the park./You best to have your eyes open at all time."

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