Bethel Park High School recently inducted 13 students into its Chapter of Quill & Scroll, the International Honorary Society for High School Journalists in a ceremony held at the school.
Students receiving honors of Quill & Scroll membership are Meghan DeHaven, Sydney Edwards, Oluwatoyosi Egbebi, Anabel Franzmann, Margaret Mateya, Jackelyn Mejia, Quinn Reilly, Matthew Scabilloni, William Smith, Jacob Stiglich, Jacob Toth, Brooke Veith, and Ana Winowich.
“It’s always a wonderful experience for students who have worked diligently on school publications media to be recognized for their work,” noted Dr. Charles Youngs, coordinator of the school’s Quill & Scroll Chapter.
As part of the ceremony, journalism adviser Mr. Brad Ksaszowski joined Dr. Youngs in offering their congratulatory remarks to student staff members of the high school's newspaper (Hawk Eye), yearbook (Beacon), video production studio (BHTV), and literary arts magazine (Vernissage), who have excelled in communications work during the past school year. Journalism teacher, Mr. John Allemang also helped plan the event but was unable to attend it.
A BPHS alumni and member of the society, Raul Toledo '15 joined the celebration as a guest speaker via live video conference. Toledo is currently working in Los Angeles in video production, a career path he began at Bethel Park. He spoke on his experiences and encouraged the inductees.
The BPHS Chapter of Quill & Scroll was established in 1947. The local group builds upon the history of the international society, which was founded on April 10, 1926. It was then that a group of high school advisers organized the honorary for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding individual achievements in journalism and allied fields.
Since its organization, Quill & Scroll has granted charters in more than 13,350 high schools across the nation and around the world.
Following Toledo’s speech and remarks by the publications advisers, the new inductees participated in a ceremonial candle lighting and recited descriptions of the eight principles of effective journalism took place. The initiates received membership pins, certificates and a subscription to the Quill & Scroll online magazine.
According to Quill & Scroll's by-laws, members must be chosen from students enrolled in high school, Grades 10-12, who, at the time of their election, meet the following requirements: They must be a senior, junior or second semester sophomore, be in the upper third of their class in general scholastic standing, have done superior work in some phase of school publications, and be recommended by their publication adviser.