“I thought my article would provide an interesting perspective, and thus the story might stand out,” Schep said. “This is my first time winning an award so I am very surprised and thankful toward the Octagon team for letting me submit it.”`
Alumna Rebecca Waterson, ’20, won second place for her blog, “Rebecca Waterson Blogs.”
“I am very thankful for Mr. Bauman, all of the editors, and of course Mrs. Fels for all their help and support throughout each blog’s process,” Waterson said.
Paul Bauman took over as Octagon adviser early in the 2018-2019 school year, and he continued through the 2019-2020 school year. Patricia Fels advised the Octagon from the 1977-1978 school year to the 2017-2018 one.
Alumna Anna Frankel, ’20, won third place for her editorial, “Civics Class Needed to Raise Student Political Awareness.”
“I had absolutely no idea that my article was going to win. It was a really nice surprise!” Frankel said.
“I didn’t think I could win.” Zhu said. “To be completely honest, I forgot that my stories were submitted for a competition.”
From across the country, students submitted 5757 yearbook and digital media entries throughout 91 individual categories and 5194 news and magazine submissions throughout 86 categories. Entries were received from high-schoolers to university students all.
In total, judges announced 656 winners from the yearbook and digital media entries and 629 winners from the print news and magazine entries.