Stonehill’s student newspaper, The Summit, recently earned awards from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors (NESNE) and the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). The paper was awarded first place in the ASPA’s Scholastic Newspaper Awards contest and received an honorable mention in NESNE’s 2015 College Newspaper Competition.
“The Summit staff did an amazing job this year, tackling a wide range of tough issue with student interest always in mind. The editors worked hard into the night editing and laying out the paper while student reporters pushed hard in the field for stories. I’m thrilled to see their hard work honored by the prestigious New England organization of professional journalists, New England Society of News Editors, as well as the national American Scholastic Press Association,” said Journalism Program Director and Summit faculty advisor Maureen Boyle.
Editor-In-Chief Brendan Monahan says it’s a great honor to receive such recognition from both organizations, which receive entries from some of the best student publications in the region and across the country.
“For The Summit to be mentioned in such company is a testament to all of the great work our staff did all year covering pertinent campus news in an innovative and informative fashion,” says Monahan, , who is pursuing a career in nonprofit work.
In addition to Monahan, this year’s Summit staff included managing editor and web editor Olivia Schneider ’15, features editor Tom Darcy ’15, copy editor Aimee Chiavaroli '16, opinions editor Erin Leo ’15, sports editor Ted Carbone ’17, design editor Caroline Thompson ’16, assistant design editor Julia Murphy ’16, senior copy editor George Farah ’15, copy editors Kelli O’Keefe ’15 and Amy McKeever ’18, photo editor Matt Taranto ’17, social media editor Liam Dacko, circulation and business manager David Lombardi ’15, and advertising manager Sarah Verrier ’15.
“We were only able to produce such great work as a staff this year because we collaborated regularly and worked as a real team,” notes Monahan. “We all kept a very open dialogue with one another, and so were never apprehensive about asking for help, or clarification, or any other support we may have needed to complete an assignment.”
This year, The Summit celebrated its 65th anniversary. In January, former editors and staff members, including its first editor-in-chief Bill Sullivan, gathered for a reunion event.
The latest issue of Stonehill Alumni Magazine features a look back at The Summit over the years, from its very first issue in 1949 to its coverage of 9/11 to its current day layout. Several of the paper’s former editors-in-chief shared their memories in the spread. To see the article, visit here.