Student ‘Pulse’ Journalists Honored with 10 Awards

Congratulations to the staff of Syosset High School student newspaper The Pulse, which received a record 10 awards at the recent Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards. The competition recognizes excellence in student journalism among 124 school districts in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. 

Overall, six Syosset High School students were presented with awards. Sophomore Sarah Wang won five awards, three for her article “Master of None Brilliantly Discusses Social Issues in a Digitalized Society.” Juhi Thomas, also a sophomore, won first place in the School Column category. Sophomore Elle Park and junior Jacob Gordon, writers of The Pulse Online, nearly swept the Online Editorial category with second- and third-place entries. Senior Max Salit, editor-in-chief for The Pulse Online, received an impressive third-place award for Overall Best Online News Site in only the third year of the paper’s web format. Finally, in addition to an earlier award in School Arts Review, sophomore Brooke Lewitas received recognition in one of the most prestigious categories of the evening. Lewitas’ article, “Life as a Transgendered Student,” was awarded honorable mention in the category that highlights the four best stories out of more than 2,000 submissions. 

Pulse adviser Pam Ferguson remarked, “These students are talented writers and superb editors, and I am thrilled that they received recognition for their superior efforts.” 

Ferguson would also like to thank Senior Editors-in-Chief Jeremy Lamstein and Benjamin Senzer for their outstanding dedication to The Pulse. For the last four years, these two students have worked tirelessly as writers, editors and layout designers who consistently provide Syosset High School with great issues each month. Jeremy and Ben are to be congratulated because without their leadership, The Pulse would not be the club that it is, and its student writers would not have received the support they have to achieve this great recognition.