For the third consecutive year, the New York Press Association (NYPA) has honored Tarmac, the student-produced newspaper of Chaminade High School, as the Best High School Newspaper in New York State. The award was announced as part of the NYPA Better Newspaper Contest at the organization's annual Spring Conference and Trade Show in Saratoga Springs.
The award comes less than one month after Tarmac was recognized as the top Catholic or private-school newspaper among against 26 Long Island and New York City schools at Adelphi University's 2017 Press Day.
"Recognition by the New York Press Association as the state's top high school newspaper is the most rewarding accolade Tarmac could receive," said Christopher Boccia '17, co-editor-in-chief. It validates everything our publication works to do – tell quality stories with accuracy and pen thought-provoking editorials, all to be written at a professional level."
Contest entries are judged by third-party press groups from different U.S. states each year. This represents the third different press association to have independently judged Tarmac to be the superior high-school newspaper in New York State. Tarmac's submissions to the Better Newspaper Contest were considered among approximately 4,000 entries from student and professional news organizations.
"Having served on Tarmac for the past four years, I am extremely honored to have witnessed our paper win this prestigious contest," said Thomas Callahan '17, co-editor-in-chief. "It is an immense testament to the work ethic and dedication of our entire staff that we have not only been able to achieve such a high level of quality but have also managed to maintain it for three years and improve ourselves along the way."
In addition to being named the top high-school newspaper, Tarmac was also awarded first-place honors for Best Use of Social Media. Individual first-place recognition went to Boccia in the Best Column category; Nicholas Plante '18, and Aidan Fitzgerald '18 for Best Feature Story; and Alex Roukis '16 for Photography.
"I could not be more proud of Chris, Tom, and the rest of the Tarmac staff," said Patrick Reichart, Tarmac faculty moderator and former newspaper and radio journalist. "Their dedication to our publication is clear each and every day, and I am so happy that they have been recognized for all of their hard work. So many schools are deserving of this honor. We truly have been blessed to finish in first place for the third consecutive time."
Tarmac also clinched second-place overall for Best Website, third place for Best Design, and third place for General Excellence. Oscar Matos, of Merrick, received second-place recognition for Best Sports Story.
"The young men of Tarmac demonstrate a thoughtful understanding of the power of the written word," said Bro. Thomas Cleary, S.M., president of Chaminade. "Jesus chose to share his message through the Word, and, in a similar vein, our newspaper staff members take seriously the effect of their writing to inform and inspire others."
The NYPA includes 800 New York newspapers; locally-produced papers of the Anton Media Group, Herald Community Newspapers, and Bridgetower Media's Long Island Business News are members of the organization.