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Journalism Students Honored at East Meadow High School

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East Meadow High School juniors Gianna Devita, third from left, and Gabriella Reiss, center, earned a Quill Award at Adelphi University’s virtual Press Day. Also pictured are high school Principal Richard Howard, far left, high school counselors Tamara Healy and Nicole Leibowitz, English teacher Carrie Piombino, and English Chairman Frank Baglivo.

East Meadow High School juniors Gianna Devita and Gabriella Reiss were recognized for their journalistic talent at Adelphi University’s virtual Press Day.

The scholars earned a Quill Award for their story, “There is No Place Like Home!” published in their school’s newspaper, The Jet Gazette. Press Day is an event hosted by Adelphi to develop the skills of high school journalists. The Quill Awards are just one part of the program, which also encompasses panels and speakers who discuss the industry.

Devita and Reiss’ piece won in the Arts Review category. Their article, published in The Jet Gazette’s Fall 2021 issue, reported on the closure of Broadway shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the unemployment that theater workers faced, and continue to face. Devita and Reiss have been working with the Jet Gazette since they were freshmen. Reiss is the arts and entertainment editor, and Devita edits the editorials.

The East Meadow School District congratulates both scholars on earning a Quill Award.

Date Added: 3/23/2022