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Spectrum, the literary magazine published by Oldham County High School, placed first in the state and is ranked among the nation’s best by the National Council of Teachers of English.
This award is for the edition published in 2013, which was then considered with other state winners for a national award. OCHS did not win the top national honor this year, but did for their 2011 magazine.
The award-winning publication returned most of its editors for the 2013-14 school year, including seniors Sarah Stovall, Anna Gorsick, Heidi Arbuckle and Hannah Deaton.
Sponsor Matt Kaufmann said the clubs impact is much bigger than just the printed product.
The magazine staff also writes an original show that goes to stage each year. This year, the show employs the character genre of pirates to explore the human condition in a comedic, tragic adventure. It will be performed March 7-9.
Kaufmann said the performance piece “develops leadership, community and a coming-of-age experience as kids create an idea for a show, write all the pieces and then move their student created literature from the page to the stage for a live audience.”
Spectrum staffers also collaborated with the school’s drama department this year in a 10-minute play festival. Four of the plays will be produced on-stage for OCHS students this week.
“This is an endeavor that celebrates writing, drama, student leadership, and the intersection of the arts,” Kaufmann said.
And, students organized a service project where they worked with second and third graders from Buckner elementary to create works of poetry, fiction, and art. They then helped the kids create their own magazine, and the elementary students then did a reading of their work for their parents.
The Spectrum staff plans to produce two more magazines this year.
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