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BP wins NSPA Multimedia Story of the Year, 1st Place


With screams of delight and high-fives, Boiling Point staff learned last Saturday that coverage of Rabbi Weinbach’s resignation had been named Multimedia Story of the Year by the National Scholastic Press Association and American Society of News Editors.

The announcement was made at the NSPA’s annual fall convention in Kansas City, where eight BP staffers had traveled for three days of workshops, lectures and networking with high school journalists from around the country.   Runners-up were from St. Teresa’s Academy of Kansas City, Missouri, and Penn Manor High School of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Shalhevet’s winners were alumna Lexi Gelb ’10, who was editor-in-chief last year, along with current seniors Jaclyn Kellner and Zev Hurwitz and juniors Yonah Nimmer and Adam Ashkenazi. Zev is this year’s Editor-in-Chief, while Jaclyn now serves as Deputy Editor.  Yonah is now Video Editor and Adam is Chief Copy Editor this year.

Their coverage had included three stories in the print paper along with eight text postings and two videos on the BP’s then-new website, www.shalhevetboilingpoint.com, which had gone online for the first time less than a week before Rabbi Weinbach resigned.

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“Breaking news is rare at a high school and, because of publication schedules, rarely covered in real time,” wrote the anonymous NSPA judges in their official comments.  “Shalhevet High School’s The Boiling Point faced a true breaking news story: Its head of school announced his resignation abruptly in the middle of the school year.

“The staff more than met the challenge of reporting the story while it was going on,” the comments continued. “By reproducing e-mails, doing shoe-leather reporting and interviewing the people involved, The Boiling Point was able to piece together a great package of stories and video that blooms from a one-sentence e-mail sent close to midnight into a comprehensive collection of pieces about the principal, his accomplishments and a confused school population.”

Jaclyn and Zev co-wrote a full-length story for the BP website 12 hours after the resignation was announced, and a few weeks later Jaclyn and Lexi co-wrote a story which introduced the new administrative team.

Yonah and Adam made two videos, the first of Rabbi Weinbach addressing the Shalhevet community and of a meeting announcing the new administrative team and the search for a new head of school.

Jaclyn, who was Community Editor at the time and serves as Deputy Editor this year, also wrote a question-and-answer interview with Rabbi Weinbach, and Lexi wrote the editorial, titled “A Stronger School, But Broken Hearted.”  Those stories ran both in print and on the web.

Because it was Shabbat, staff members in Kansas City walked to the meeting where the award was presented and waited until after sunset to carry their prize-winning plaque back to their hotel.  They also could not photograph the event.

Meanwhile, a day earlier, several staffers had entered a “write-off” competition set for 4 to 6 pm Friday afternoon.  Because Shabbat started just before 5, the BP journalists had only a few minutes to write their stories, which were based on 45-minute presentations of facts that actually didn’t begin until 4:10.

On Sunday, it was announced that Zev Hurwitz had won honorable mention in the News write-off and Sports Editor Ari Feuer had won honorable mention in Editorial Writing.

“This isn’t quite as prestigious but it’s just as sweet,” said Mrs. Keene. “It shows how talented our kids are, and also how the limits set by our tradition are actually a source of strength.  Our students had a much more realistic deadline situation than anyone else in that contest, a way shorter time, and they more than met the challenge.”

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Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Currently a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Leila has already had a distinguished career in journalism, writing ground-breaking reports for the Miami Herald, Moment Magazine and the Jewish Journal, particularly on the Jewish community in Argentina and its history through that country's "dirty war" and beyond.  She also has interned for KCRW News in Santa Monica. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York,  she is Argentinian by birth and fluent in Spanish. She enjoyed her first dulce de leche ice cream at five months, became a Harry Potter fanatic at age eight, and got her second ear piercing at 14.  Leila joined The Boiling Point team as a freshman, and her story assignments led her to her first-ever rock concert at the Troubadour (Say Anything!), watch intense behind-the-scenes Drama rehearsals, and wake up early before school to interview Jewish community leaders in Chile after the earthquake there. She was also the Shalhevet choir’s piano accompanist and would go ice skating with you at a moment’s notice! Leila was Editor-in-Chief of the Boiling Point for the 2011-12 school year, and graduated in 2016 from Oberlin College.

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    Patti LernerNov 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations to Lexi Gelb, Jaclyn Kellner, Zev Hurwitz, Yonah Nimmer, Adam Ashkenazi and their esteemed advisor, Joelle Keene. Your high school newspaper does an extraordinary job, worthy of emulation by other schools. It’s great to see the passion, commitment and thoughtfulness that goes into your work receive the national recognition that it should.

    Mazel Tov.

    Patti Lerner