MMI Preparatory School’s literary magazine, Angst, won a Silver Award from the Pennsylvania School Press Association.
Angst is produced annually and features literary and visual works of art that are submitted by MMI students in grades 9 through 12. The 2016-2017 edition included 22 poems, 11 non-fiction pieces, 10 works of fiction and 24 art or photography submissions. MMI English instructor Jennifer Novotney served as the faculty adviser for the project. Student editorial board members were: Olivia Minzola, editor in chief; Evan Spear, co-editor and visual arts editor; Jessica Smith, nonfiction editor; Hunter O’Clair, assistant nonfiction editor; Jacob Weiksner, fiction editor; Nicolo Cottone, assistant fiction editor; Jaclyn Braunstein, poetry editor, Mountaintop; ; Merci Centrella, assistant poetry editor; Gabriella DeMelfi, production and biography editor; and Gunner Jankouskas and Zachary Gera, copy editors.
Novotney said, “I am very proud of all the students–both contributors and those who held staff positions–for the hard work and dedication they showed in creating this year’s literary magazine. This award is a testament to the talented students we have at MMI. I’m also excited to announce that we have submitted Angst to the National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.”
At the Pennsylvania School Press Association competition, literary magazines are judged on content and organization, editing, writing, art and photography, and design. The judges are chosen from a pool of professional journalists and out-of-state certified journalism educators.
The Pennsylvania School Press Association sponsors publication evaluations as a service to student journalists and their advisors. Through this evaluation, the association provides guidance, constructive suggestions, and commendations to help each publication achieve excellence.