Fredonia High School's news magazine, The Spectator, was recently recognized for journalistic excellence at Syracuse University's Empire State School Press Association (ESSPA) fall conference. Pictured are 2012-13 Fredonia High School news magazine editors - from left: Brooke Layman, Ally Gullo, Jake Lilly, Aubrey Cunningham, Dan Cross. Missing from the photo are Nikk Michalski and Eliz Arnavut.
This year, the ESSPA competition eliminated divisions, pitting news publications at high schools as large as 2,400 students against publications of small schools such as Fredonia.
The Spectator won silver for best all-round newspaper, bronze for an editorial titled "Girl on Fire," bronze for front page (front cover) portfolio, honorable mention for Dan Cross's "Depression Hurts, Everyone," and bronze for Jake Lilly's sports feature "Better Safe than Sorry."
ESSPA Director Dr. Sherri Taylor said, "New York high school journalism programs are experiencing the financial assaults of the still-weak economy, sometimes requiring publication of fewer issues or going solely online. Having a school district committed to helping students have a public voice on issues and news of concern to them is a gift. Your newspaper is among the state's bests year in and out. Your community should be proud of all your students achieve in journalism."
The Spectator runs a print edition, but can also be viewed online from the district's high school web page.