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Literary Magazine earns gold medal

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently awarded "gold medalist" honors to the 1999 issue of the Whitman College art and literary magazine, blue moon.

The student-produced maga-zine gives Whitman students, faculty, and alumni an opportunity to showcase prose, poetry, and visual art.

The front cover of the award-winning 1999 blue moon featured a black and white photograph by Kyle Anderson, '99.

Affiliated with New York's Columbia University, the CSPA holds contests annually for student-edited newspapers and magazines. Whitman's 1999 literary magazine scored 976 on a scale of 1,000, well above the 925 score that separates gold and silver medalist recognition.

The blue moon also received separate honors in the individual judging categories of concept, content, design, and creativity, noted Sonya Hess, a senior and editor of the year 2000 edition of the magazine.

"The adjudication sheet we received was very detailed, indicating that the judges a group of 250 professionals had looked over the blue moon very closely," Hess said. "They complimented our poetry and prose sections, and they gave us very high scores in the concept and creativity sections."

This was the first time the blue moon was entered in the contest, Hess said. Katrina Roberts, assistant professor of English and creative writing, suggested entering the contest, which provides student editors with recognition as well as helpful critiques.

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson, who graduated from Whitman last May with honors in his writing major, was the editor of the 1999 blue moon.

"He and his staff did a fantastic job," Hess said. "We have a lot to live up to, but the challenge is also thrilling. President Tom Cronin, dean of the faculty Pat Keef, and many campus offices have been generous in their support, allowing us to continue to improve the publication."

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