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Valhalla High School Literary Magazine Wins High Award

The award-winning staff of VOX, left to right: Taylor Thomas, Sabrina Bellantoni, John Philip, Pearse Callaghan, Hayley Tierney, Marc Charbonier, and Jemy Paulson.
The award-winning staff of VOX, left to right: Taylor Thomas, Sabrina Bellantoni, John Philip, Pearse Callaghan, Hayley Tierney, Marc Charbonier, and Jemy Paulson. Photo Credit: Valhalla Union Free School District

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- VOX, a literary magazine published by students at Valhalla High School, is used to racking up awards, but its most recent is, says one staff member -- “gold.”

The zine, which comes out once a year, in June, was recently recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English.

In January, VOX’s 2015 edition was deemed “Superior” -- the next best honor after the “Highest Award.”

“The magazine was made to express the voice of our students,” said senior Pearse Callaghan. “We always receive awards, but this was the gold for us. It’s a unique club where we learn extra skills that will benefit us in the future.”

The national organization recognizes students, teachers and schools for producing excellent literary magazines.

“I love being in a creative community and expressing our work and what all of the students have to offer,” said senior Marc Charbonier. “It gives us the opportunity to show off the talents of all the creative people here.”

Last month, advisors Ivana Masic and Chris Cooper received a certificate from the NCTE along with a letter informing them that VOX had won.

“This shows the creative side of our school,” said senior Sabrina Bellantoni, who has participated in VOX since the ninth grade. “I’ve been known for my art, but I wanted to do it in another environment with more people.”

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