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Lion Pride Magazine Earns Superior Rating, Wins NCTE Competition



The Northwest High School 2019-20 edition of the art and literary magazine, Lion Pride, earned a rating of Superior from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This was the first Superior rating in the NCTE competition in the school’s history, which ranked them first in the state of Missouri. 

The publication, featuring 33 authors and 68 artists, was created in the midst of the Covid-19 school-building closure, which made it difficult at best to complete in a virtual learning format.

“It was a challenge for us to produce the mag last year, and quite last-minute that we changed up the hard-copy format from the year before to a webzine,” said Kelly O’Connor, faculty editor of Lion Pride. “Without being physically in the building, it took longer than usual for the student editors and other staff to collaborate and troubleshoot. However, as a result, the kids created interactive elements where audio files of poetry readings were included, script excerpts, and even a musician performing original music and lyrics.” 

Led by Faculty Editor O’Connor, the 19-20 Lion Pride staff included Brianna Marshall, Katelyn Dodge, Morgan Mieger, Tommy Woods, and Sarah Cull, along with 2020 graduates Alex Blanc, Destyni Leara, Brandon Wallis, and Victoria Stamm. Student Editors were Thomas Ecker and Vinnie Peters. Faculty Art Consultants were Amanda Sang, Shannon St. John, Amy Pflasterer, and Fawn Ruch.