Story of the Year: Newspaper Column — Best of the Massachusetts High School Press 2017-2018


1. Anna Silver, “Sexual Harassment Can Occur in the Confines of Our Own Community”

The Harbinger, Algonquin Regional High School

Lindsay Coppens, adviser

Judge’s comments: The winning column’s clear opinion, consistent voice and strength lies in the use of direct language that addresses the issue at hand; one that is important to the student body. Looking at a national issue from a local perspective, the column connects to readers in the community with examples and encourages them to think critically about the impact of the issue.

2. Kyle Chen, “No Joking Matter”

WSPN, Wayland High School

Mary Barber and Brian Keaney, advisers

3. Clement Doucette, “HHS Student Helps To Shape State Civics Curriculum” 

The Big Red, Hudson High School

Amy Vessels, adviser

4. Colby Yokell, “SBRHS Faces Vaping and Juuling Problem” 

The Breeze, Somerset Berkley Regional High School

Nicole Copeland, adviser


5. Camille Cherney,“It’s Time to Rethink Graduating in White” 

The Gator, Brimmer and May School

David Cutler, adviser