Bethel Park High School inducted 12 students into its Chapter of Quill & Scroll, the International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, at a virtual ceremony held on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
As part of the ceremony, journalism advisers presented awards to student staff members of the high school's Hawk Eye newspaper, Beacon yearbook, Black Hawk TV video production studio, and Vernissage literary arts magazine, who have excelled in communications work during the past school year.
Students inducted into Quill & Scroll membership were: seniors Kevin Aoun (BHTV), Kyle Bailey (BHTV), Sydney Burns (Vernissage), Tommy DiRienzo (Hawk Eye), Erin Dublin (Hawk Eye), Ryan Meis (Hawk Eye), Tyler Miller (BHTV) and Dylan Shields (Hawk Eye and BHTV).
Also inducted were junior Matthew Szymanowski (Hawk Eye and BHTV) and sophomores Evan Mannion (Beacon and BHTV), Matthew McCullough (BHTV), and Max Smith (BHTV).
Dr. Charles Youngs, BPHS Curriculum Facilitator of English Language Arts and adviser of Vernissage literary magazine, hosted the live web event. School publications advisers shared highlights of their year. The BPHS school journalism and communications advisers are Mr. John Allemang, adviser of the Hawk Eye online student newspaper and the Beacon yearbook; Mr. Brad Kszastowski, adviser of video production and Black Hawk TV.
A keynote address was given by Dr. Jane Blystone, an award-winning and respected advocate of scholastic journalism on state and national levels. Dr. Blytsone has led scholastic journalism organizations on state and local levels, as President of both the PA School Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. Dr. Blytone’s keynote stressed the importance of student voice, now and throughout their lives.
Following Dr. Blystone’s remarks, the induction, which includes a ceremonial candle lighting, took place. The initiates received membership pins and certificates by mail 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.