Berlin High School’s student newspaper, The Redcoat Review, earned a first-place award in the 2021 American Scholastic Press Association’s newspaper competition.
The Redcoat Review – written and edited by students – publishes four times a year and covers school, community and national events. BHS submitted its first two issues of the 2020-21 school year to the contest, which it entered for the first time.
The Redcoat Review garnered 930 out of a possible 1,000 points, and earned a perfect score in content coverage, editing and art, advertising and illustrations.
“You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers … and advisor(s),” the judge wrote.
Approximately 25 students in grades 9 through 12 make up the Redcoat Review staff. The paper, which is run as a BHS club, meets after school under the guidance of advisors Rachel Rice and Christine Glass.
Students brainstorm and pitch story ideas, conduct interviews, write rough drafts of stories and edit the pieces based on feedback from their peers and advisors. Photos and page design are also student-produced, with guidance from the advisors.
“I am thrilled to see this recognition for our students and their advisors who have worked diligently to produce a quality newspaper,” BHS Principal Eileen Eustis stated. “Their work is quite impressive; from the coverage of topics to the well-written stories and impressive layout.”
The Redcoat Review is distributed electronically through the school’s content management system, Schoology, and is emailed to all school district staff.