Voice Staffers Win Silver Crown at Columbia University

The weekend of March 14-17, 10 staff members from The Voice and huntleyvoice.com attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual spring conference in New York City. There, the staff picked up their second consecutive Silver Crown Award in the Magazine Hybrid category. Crown Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in high school journalism, similar to a Pulitzer Prize.

“There was an expectation we set after winning the Silver Crown last year, a goal we set for ourselves,” said Alex Landman, editor of The Voice. “We are excited to display it downstairs, but we aren’t done yet.”

The Voice was one of 10 schools in the nation to win a Silver Crown in the Magazine Hybrid category, and one of four in Illinois to be awarded a Crown Award (the others were University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (newspaper), Glenbrook South (yearbook), and Antioch (magazine hybrid).

Dennis Brown, adviser of The Voice, put the award in perspective.

“In my 21 years with the journalism program, this is one of the top awards we’ve ever won,” Brown said. “The Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Crown Awards only recognize the best of the best. I’m so proud of the accomplishments of the students who run The Voice.

While in New York, the group also did some sightseeing. They visited Grand Central Terminal, the NY City Library, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the 9/11 Memorial.

“It was great seeing some of the history of New York,” Voice print editor Maggie McGee said. “Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty were my favorite sights we visited because it’s interesting to see how many people immigrated to the United States in that period.”

In addition, Brown and Voice staffers had a chance to visit with Tony Merevick (’08), a Voice alum who is currently the senior news editor for Thrillist, an online media brand covering food, drink, travel and entertainment.

Voice staff with Alumnus Merevick
Voice staffers stopped by the offices of Thrillist to chat with Tony Merevick, a 2008 Huntley High School alumnus who now works as news editor at the New York-based media company.

After the awards ceremony on Friday, the group traveled to Central Park and spent some a few hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“The Met was great because it allowed me to piece together historical artworks with in the Art Institute in Chicago,” said Katrina Troy, Voice photo editor. “I really enjoyed seeing works like Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ and [Emanuel Leutz’s] ‘Washington Crossing of the Delaware Water’ in such a historical and important setting.”

The award will be displayed in the newspaper display case in the Commons area of HHS.