Neshaminy High School senior Melanie Matyi has been selected as a Gold Circle Award Winner by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for her work with the school's newspaper, The Playwickian.
According to a school district press release, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the winners from the newspaper and magazine categories of its 29th Gold Circle Awards program.
Matyi, the editor of The Playwickian, received 3rd place honors in the category of “Personal opinion: On-campus” for her January 2012 article, "Students stand in support of teachers during strike."
It is the first time in the history of high school's newspaper that a writer has received this nationally recognized individual award.
The awards attracted 10,444 entries this year from newspapers and magazines produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States.
Student journalists working on these publications chose from 78 newspaper categories and 34 magazine categories for individual or staff entries. Entries in its annual competition for individual achievement came from student writers, editors, designers and photographers.
Judges cited a total of 960 winners as either first, second or third place or for certificates of merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category. The 10 members of the board of circle judges represent the top journalists, editors, designers and professors in their respective fields.
Entries were accepted from student newspapers and magazines published from June 16, 2011 throughJune 15, 2012.