Berlin High School received a communications award in the Newsletter category from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education for its student-run newspaper, the Redcoat Review.
Approximately 35 students in grades 9 through 12 comprise the staff of the Redcoat Review, which publishes four times a year and covers school, community and national events.
Run as a BHS club, Redcoat Review staff meet after school weekly under the guidance of advisors Lani Jones, Donielle Joslyn and Rachel Rice.
Students brainstorm and pitch story ideas, conduct interviews, write rough drafts and edit the work based on feedback from their peers and advisors.
The Redcoat Review is distributed electronically through the school’s content management system, Schoology, for all students and staff to enjoy. It is also published on the high school’s website.
In recognition of the good work that is being done on a daily basis, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education established the Awards of Excellence for Educational Communications in 1975.
In 2016 the award was renamed in honor of longtime CABE staff member Bonnie B. Carney, who spent much of her 47 years at CABE focused on communications.