02.02.17

Upper Grades Publish Issue VII of The Highliner

Daniel Mendel
English Teacher for the Upper Grades Program, Upper Division, Avenues: The World School

Despite a few cold spells and a bit of snow, it has been a relatively mild winter for us New Yorkers. Fall feels not far gone and spring seems to be in our near future. But for the team of Avenues students running The Highliner, the Upper Division’s seasonal news and culture publication, there is little choice but to be acutely aware of temperature and of time.

The Highliner currently prints on a quarterly schedule (a frequently updated website is soon to be released), and the work that goes into each issue is reflective of a day-to-day grind and many late nights and weekends. Our fall 2016 issue – a three month project published in early December – offered a 72-page foray into “The Pros and Cons of Press,” “Reflections from the Night of the Election,” “The Reasoning Behind [The New Schedule],” and our school’s “For-Profit Model.” From the artwork to the poetry, the photography to the humor, each and every detail present in issue VII contributes to an impeccable display of interdisciplinary teamwork.

The Highliner managing board 2016–17. Clockwise from back left: Jackson Ehrenworth, Dylan Vaccaro, Lucas Hornsby, Sophia Koock, Claire Maleeny, Eva Hwang, Isabella Simonetti, Sabrina Sternberg, Grace Franco.

The Highliner managing board 2016–17. Clockwise from back left: Jackson Ehrenworth, Dylan Vaccaro, Lucas Hornsby, Sophia Koock, Claire Maleeny, Eva Hwang, Isabella Simonetti, Sabrina Sternberg, Grace Franco.

The publication is produced through an after-school journalism club run by a dedicated group of upper grades students. Led by editor-in-chief Isabella Simonetti, the club meets upwards of four times a week, offering student-led planning sessions, drafting and editing workshops and faculty feedback panels. This year, senior managing editor Lucas Hornsby leads a workshop for interested middle grades students as well.

The managing board hard at work on edits and layout.

The managing board hard at work on edits and layout.

Beyond The Highliner’s ever-evolving design and layout, this issue featured more than a dozen new contributors, writers and artists, as well as a fancy new ad for our Instagram account (@thehighliner) and a wide range of news, op-eds and cultural commentary far beyond that of your typical high school newspaper. From the professionalism of the writing to the sheer creativity demonstrated in each layout, Issue VII represents an exceptional student production.

The staff hands out issue VII during lunch.

The staff hands out issue VII during lunch.

10th grade students receiving issue VII at lunch.

10th grade students receiving issue VII at lunch.

You can click here to review a pdf of our fall 2016 issue. Print copies are available on request.