For the first time ever, English teacher and club advisor Ms. Leah Umansky submitted the school’s literary magazine, Genesis to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for consideration. Ms. Umansky was surprised to learn that the effort paid off big time when she received a letter in the mail stating, “The National Council of Teachers of English congratulates you and the students who produced this exemplary literary magazine!”
The NCTE awarded last year’s 2016 issue of Genesis, “SUPERIOR” in their Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM). After congratulating Ms. Umansky, Associate Head Mr. Art Viscusi said “looking at the list, we beat out some really good schools in the process. Well done!”
“It was our first time entering, and we are thrilled,” explained Ms. Umansky in her excitement, “I will need to see if I can get it framed for the classroom.” When asked if she would be entering this year’s edition in NCTE’s 2017 PRESLM, Ms. Umansky said, “but of course. I wasn’t aware of this contest until last spring. We will submit each and every year!”
The NCTE promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English. The Council is more than 100 years old and has 30,000 members and subscribers in the United States and other countries. PRESLM recognizes schools for producing excellent magazines, seeking excellence in writing as well as school-wide participation, with the goal of encouraging all schools to develop literary magazines.