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Columbia University Issues Gold Medalist Rating for “The Lance”

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Student journalists stand in recognition for their contributions to "The Lance," the Academy's student news publication that recently received a Gold Medalist rating from Columbia University. Top Row: Natalie Mullen ('19), Zack Komoroski ('19), Marissa Ulchaker ('19), Gabby Dunlevy ('19), Gabe Gainar ('19), Front Row: Angela Liu, Gracie Bujoll, Kat Rankin ('20), Madison Wagner ('19), Charlie Xie ('20), Not Pictured: Meredith Mallon-Jeffrey ('20) and Allie Mikolanis ('19).

“The Lance” received a Gold Medalist rating from Columbia University after an extensive College/Scholastic Digital News Critique. Columbia reviews student journalism in three main categories: Essentials, Verbal, and Visual. Gilmour Academy’s “The Lance” scored 872/1000 points, placing the Academy’s publication in its top tier: Gold Medalist.

On Friday, December 14, school newspaper advisor, Mr. John Overman, asked all student journalists to stand and be recognized during Convocation. Overman also credited Mr. Dan Adiletta, Instructor in Computer Science, for his help with the website: Mr. David Kilkenney, Fine Arts Department Chair, for his instructional support in the broadcasting studio: Ms. Marisa Martin, Digital Content Producer, for her extensive work with current students interested in journalism: and the administration for its long-term support of Gilmour’s journalism program and its membership with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

The current Lance Staff plans to release its final news video, “2018 in Review,” before students go home for the break. Back Row: Zack Komoroski (’19), Gabe Gainar (’19), Angela Liu (’20), Mr. John Overman, Front Row: Gabby Dunlevy (’19), Marissa Ulchaker (’19).

Marissa Ulchaker (‘19) said, “It’s great to see that “The Lance’s” work is being recognized because our team puts a lot of effort into providing our community with in-depth articles about recent news.”

Gabby Dunlevy (‘19) said, “As I have always had an interest for writing, journalism allowed me to explore a different aspect of communication with an audience.”

Gabe Gainar (‘19) said, “I never imagined myself as a journalist or news anchor. I took this class because I wanted to improve my public speaking skills. But this class has opened my mind to a possible career in this field!”

Angela Liu (‘20) said, “This class let me experience all aspects of journalism and digital media. I learned how to write effectively and accurately. I am looking forward to discovering more possibilities in journalism next semester!”

“The Lance” is managed and run by the DMedia News Production class. Students interested in joining the class or club may contact Mr. Overman at overmanj@gilmour.org.