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The Rambler wins prestigious Pacemaker Award

Susan Turner Jones & Nicole Arca
The Rambler recently won its first Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association! Read on for more information about the Pacemaker Award and The Rambler staff's hard work.



Winning its first ever Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association for the 2016 Rambler, 2017 Design editor Anna Harberger received the plaque at an awards program in Seattle Washington, attended by over 5,000 student journalists.

One of the hardest awards to win for a magazine, newspaper or yearbook, the Pacemaker Award is considered the closest to a Pulitzer a high school publication can get. Under the direction of Susan Turner Jones, editors Jordan Aronson and Joslyn Bernstein collaborated with a staff of 14 to create the 166-page magazine.

"I feel incredibly proud of the staff because I know how much time we put into creating such a beautiful book," says 2017 Rambler Editor-in-Chief Simone Onelum (’17).

Onelum is working with her staff right now on next year’s book, and says that the staff is inspired to try their hardest to live up to the quality of last years, knowing there are “big shoes to fill”.

NSPA describes the process on its website: "Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics." Fifteen magazines were finalists for this award out of hundreds that entered the contest. Only seven were selected as winners.

Click here to visit the NSPA website and see the finalist and winner magazine covers.
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