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Student Newspaper Award Turns to Gold
Stop the presses! The Silver Medalist award presented to Morristown-Beard School';s student newspaper, The Crimson Sun, has just turned to Gold.
After The Crimson Sun received a Silver award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, faculty advisor Ida Picker appealed the award, asking for a more complete critique. Upon further review, the judges not only praised the newspaper for its ";excellent topic diversity"; and ";outstanding coverage of every aspect of the school community,"; but they also upgraded the award to Gold.

his is the seventh year that the Crimson Sun has participated in the nation-wide competition and the second year in a row that the MBS newspaper has won a Gold Medalist certificate. Last year, The Crimson Sun won its first Gold Medalist certificate award under the stewardship of Jason Shatz '10 and Ryan Geisser '10.

The award is based on the quality of last year';s newspaper coverage of the school community including news, feature and sports writing, as well as layout, photography and art.

Three of the issues were published under last year';s editors, Ruth Frankel ';11, Will Gerhard ';11 and Karly Weinreb '11. The final two issues were run by current Editor-In-Chief Zach Gray ';12 along with Managing & Design Editors Ashley Young ';14 and Benjamin Leigh ';14, Photo/Art Editor Jess Greene ';12, Sports Editor Jackson Kramer ';12, News Editor Will Drucker ';12, and Culture Editor Harry Okun ';12.

Congratulations to all the students who wrote stories, took photographs and submitted drawings for the newspaper last year.

The newspaper received high scores for writing, including varied leads, strong verbs and details in features. Reviews were praised, and strong sports coverage was cited as another strength.

Ida Picker, the faculty advisor for The Crimson Sun since 2004, is a former Senior Writer at Bloomberg Markets Magazine and, before that, she wrote for Institutional Investor magazine.


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