Roars and Whispers has been awarded a Gold Crown from CSPA, their highest honor for a publication. The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all-eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 817 publications were eligible for judging.
Only 20 literary magazines were recognized with this award.
Roars and Whispers has won four Gold Crowns and four Silver Crowns.
The following Literary Magazine students have won regional awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Students who received Gold Keys are currently entered in the national competition in New York. Winners will be announced in late March.
Diya Bhatt Silver Key Writing Portfolio, Honorable Mention Flash Fiction
Ruby Davis Silver Key Science Fiction & Fantasy, Honorable Mention Journalism, Honorable Mention Poetry
Audrey Henderson Gold Key Poetry, Silver Key Poetry
Dave Hite Gold Key Poetry, Honorable Mention Science Fiction & Fantasy
Marcos Martinez Vidal Honorable Mention Science Fiction & Fantasy
Jonathan Obele Silver Key Poetry
Elizabeth Park Gold Key Personal Essay & Memoir, Honorable Mention Writing Portfolio, Honorable Mention Poetry, Honorable Mention Poetry
Savannah Reifsteck Honorable Mention Poetry
Emma Washburn Silver Key Poetry, Honorable Mention Poetry
Lisa Zhang Gold Key Writing Portfolio
Photo left to right
Front row: Savannah Reifsteck, Emma Washburn, Audrey Henderson
Middle row: Lisa Zhang, Elizabeth Park
Back row: Diya Bhatt, Jonathan Obele, Ruby Davis
Roars and Whispers was recently celebrated with two national design awards from the National Scholastic Press Association.
Congratulations to Jonathan Obele (junior, pictured) and Aiden Kaplan (graduate), who won Second Place in Literary Magazine Spread Design.
Claire Shi, senior, also won Fifth Place for her Magazine Cover Design.
NSPA recognized the winners of its 2021 Design of the Year Competition during the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on November 11, 2021.
Congratulations to Ella Rasmussen, senior Literary Magazine editor, for winning a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Ella's poetry was recognized for its creativity, technical merit and personal voice. The award puts Ella in the top 1% of over 230,000 entries.
Gold Medalists are traditionally invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall and an exhibition of their work in a NYC gallery. This year the ceremony will take place virtually on June 9. Ella's work will also be published in the online gallery at artandwriting.org.
Congratulations to Roars and Whispers Literary Magazine for winning a Silver Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association! The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all-eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 852 publications were eligible for judging. Roars and Whispers has won eight Crown Awards since 2010.
Roars and Whispers has also been named a Pacemaker Finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association. Only 17 magazines are named finalists in the Pacemaker competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in scholastic journalism. Final awards will be announced April 10th. Roars and Whispers has been a Pacemaker Finalist nine times, winning five.
Providence writers took home 27 awards in the Scholastic Regional Writing Awards, including five Gold Keys and an American Voices Nominee.
The 2021 Mid-Carolina Region Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, February 20. The Gold and Silver Key Exhibition will be live at the Mint Museum Uptown from February 27 through April 11. This year the region will exhibit the full text of Gold and Silver Key writing winners instead of excerpt posters as in previous years. This is in keeping with national exhibitions.
Gold Key winners are currently being judged at the national level, and awards will be announced March 17th. (Awards continue on page 2 of the document.)
Name Award Category
Maggie Christopher Gold Key Personal Essay & Memoir
Elizabeth Park Gold Key Critical Essay
Silver Key Poetry
HM Critical Essay
Ella Rasmussen Gold Key Poetry
American Voices Poetry
HM Writing Portfolio
Raechel Wu Gold Key Short Story
Gold Key Flash Fiction
HM Flash Fiction
Diya Bhatt Silver Key Poetry
HM Flash Fiction
Ruby Davis Silver Key Science Fiction & Fantasy
HM Science Fiction & Fantasy
Emma Washburn Silver Key Novel Writing
HM Short Story
Lisa Zhang Silver Key Personal Essay & Memoir
Silver Key Personal Essay & Memoir
Silver Key Personal Essay & Memoir
HM Personal Essay & Memoir
Caroline Halso HM Poetry
Audrey Henderson HM Poetry
Roars and Whispers now accepting applications. If you are interested in being on staff and taking the course in the 2021-2022 school year, fill out an application and sign up for an interview. Applications are due February 12th.
Congratulations to all the winners recognized by the NC Scholastic Media Association. These awards were announced in Chapel Hill this summer for the 2020 edition of Roars and Whispers.
Overall Magazine Awards
Tar Heel Award -- Sixteenth year in a row
Section Awards for Overall Magazine—State Rankings
Poetry 1st place
Nonfiction 1st place
Cover 1st place
Design and Layout 2nd place
Fiction 2nd place
Art 2nd place
Photography 2nd place
Theme Development 2nd place
Individual Awards for Work in Magazine* (State Winners)
Diya Bhatt and Emma Kurtz Nonfiction Layout 1st place
Ella Rasmussen and Elizabeth Park Nonfiction Layout 2nd place
Aiden Kaplan and Lisa Zhang Nonfiction Layout 3rd place
Maggie Christopher and Kira Bhatt Poetry Layout 2nd place
Maeve Beck and Julia Sands Poetry Layout 3rd place
Ella Rasmussen Poetry Layout Honorable Mention
Aiden Kaplan and Lisa Zhang Poetry Layout Honorable Mention
Bhavana Veeravalli Fiction Layout 2nd place
Charlotte Beck Fiction Layout 3rd place
Nneoma Uche Personal Essay 1st place
Omotayo Fasan Personal Essay Honorable Mention
Ellie Rasmussen Feature 1st place
Diya Bhatt Feature 2nd place
Abigail Welch Poetry 1st place
Celie Waddington Poetry 2nd place
Aiden Kaplan Fiction 1st place
Charlotte Beck Fiction 3rd place
Ella Rasmussen Review 1st place
Brandon Bell Individual Art 3rd place
Melanie Cabrese Individual Art Honorable Mention
Betsy Molina Photography 3rd place
Abigail Welch Photography Honorable Mention
Ella Rasmussen was elected President of the NC Scholastic Media Student Association.
All PHS students are encouraged to submit art and photography.
All PHS students are encouraged to submit writing.
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