Midway newspaper and staff members receive recognition


National Scholastic Press Association website

The Midway won awards for its website, social justice and election reporting. Many individual staff members also won awards.

Jack Hurst, Reporter

The U High-Midway newspaper is a finalist for a national award, and several of its journalists have received individual honors in recent contests.

The Midway is a finalist for the Newspaper Pacemaker Award, the highest honor awarded by the National Scholastic Press Association, which includes 60 news organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom. Just 24 finalists will be announced as winners on Nov. 21.

Editor in Chief Nicky Edwards-Levin said he was very optimistic about the paper’s chances of improving upon its results from prior years.

Nicky said, “The work that we are being judged on is really some of our best work.”

The Midway is also a finalist for an NSPA award for Editorial of the Year for a March 9 editorial about identity clubs.

Four Midway entries received individual honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in its Gold Circle Awards, recognizing printed work from June 2019 to June 2020.

Seniors Ella Beiser and Nicky Edwards-Levin as well as junior Cricket Gluth shared second place in the sports news category with a story about the 2019 boys soccer championship.

Ella also won second place in the News Writing category for a story about the dance troupe protesting.

Maria Shaughnessy, a 2020 alumna, won third place in the single sports photograph contest for a tennis photo.

The Midway staff won first place in the briefs writing category.

Nicky said it is an honor for the entire staff to be recognized for their work.