Former Editors in Chief respond to national journalism awards

Christian Leong, Author

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Two Palo Alto High School journalism publications won 2014 National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Awards last Saturday.

The awards were given for separate categories and recognized the publications’ work from the 2013-14 school year. The Campanile won a pacemaker award for a Broadsheet of 17 pages or more, and Verde Magazine won a Pacemaker Award for news magazines.

One of last year’s Campanile Co-Editors in Chief Hillel Zand was excited and reflective about the award.

“We [The Campanile] had such an outstanding year last year, covered some major stories and generated major buzz within the community,” Zand said in a Facebook message.

One of last year’s Co-Verde Editors in Chief Noam Shemtov was proud of his publication’s dedication that he says ultimately led to the award via Facebook message.

“It is great to watch the magazine win for a collection of work by people I have a license to be proud of,” Shemtov said. “Our staff worked very hard to produce those five issues, and those who remained on staff continue to do so this year.”

Zand says he believes that each award is a representation of hard work and dedication and should not be taken lightly, despite the number of awards won over the years.

“They [the awards] should not be taken for granted and are as a testament to Paly’s commitment to student journalists,” Zand said.