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The SPOKE

The SPOKE

About

Spoke.news is a convergence website featuring content from The Spoke and TETV. All content is produced by Conestoga High School students. The website is managed by the editorial board of The Spoke. Spoke.news was designed by Adam Lockett and Melinda Xu, using Newsfront, a theme by Radium Themes, as a base. The Spoke is the student-produced newspaper of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. The Spoke is published seven times a year at School Paper Express. Visit our staff page to find out about our current staff.

Policies

The Spoke and Spoke.news will publish letters of general interest to the student body and community. Signed letters may be submitted to [email protected], or to Cynthia Hyatt, Alison Ferriola, Nicole Zakorchemny, Katherine Lee, Sophia Pan or Reese Wang. Unsigned editorials represent the view of The Spoke editorial board, and not necessarily those of the administration, student body, community or advertisers. The opinions expressed in signed columns are those of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of The Spoke. Corrections and clarifications are posted on Spoke.news following the publication of any misleading, inaccurate or omitted material. An editor’s note at the end of a published article indicates if a correction has been made. Retractions are made only when legal advice and the vote of the Editorial Board indicate the need and responsibility. To inform Spoke.news about a potential correction, please email [email protected]. Spoke.news encourages readers to share their opinions about articles posted on the website. Please note that comments are not posted immediately—they are reviewed for defamation, profanity and libel. Not all comments are published. Once comments are submitted, they become the property of Spoke.news. If you would like to elaborate on your opinion you may submit a guest commentary or letter to the editor at [email protected]. If you have any questions, please email us.

Mission

The Spoke and Spoke.news serve as public forums for student expression. Spoke.news aims to keep the Conestoga community informed and engaged by reporting news of interest accurately, fairly and promptly. Spoke.news should offer brief, in-depth and photo coverage of events in the community. Spoke.news strives to showcase the broad aspects of student life at Conestoga and tell stories that might otherwise not be told. Spoke.news should offer students the opportunity to have their voices represented and heard.

Awards

Spoke.news was named a 2016 NSPA Online Pacemaker Winner April 2016.

Spoke.news earned First Place Website from the Keystone Scholastic Press Awards April 2016.

Stoganews.com was named a 2013 NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist March 2013.

Stoganews.com was named a 2013 CSPA Scholastic Crown Finalist.

The Spoke earned an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association December 2012.

The Spoke received a Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association November 2012.

Stoganews.com earned an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association November 2012. Stoganews.com was named a 2012 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Digital Newspaper Crown Finalist on March 1, 2012. Out of the 27 high school news websites recognized, it was the only one from Pennsylvania. Stoganews.com earned a 2011 Online Pacemaker Finalist award from the National Scholastic Press Association in February 2011, making it one of the top 36 student sites in the country. Stoganews.com was rated a 2011 First Class newspaper website by the National Scholastic Press Association. The Spoke consistently receives the Gold Award from the Pennsylvania School Press Association and is a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist. The Spoke was named a Pacemaker Finalist from the National Scholastic Press Association in November 2010, and a Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in March 2011. In November 2011, it was recognized as an All-State newspaper by the Pennsylvania School Press Association and earned two National Scholastic Press Association awards at its annual convention for cartoons drawn by Gabby Epstein, The Spoke’s 2010-2011 staff cartoonist. From previous years… Gold Medalist, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold, 2006-07 and 2007-08 and 2008-09, Pennsylvania School Press Association First Class, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 National Scholastic Press Association First Class Web site, 2008-09, National Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown, 09-10, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold, 09-10, Pennsylvania School Press Association Pacemaker Finalist, 2010, National Scholastic Press Association Pennsylvania Journalists of the Year: Lavi Ben Dor, 2014 Suproteem Sarkar, 2015 143 total individual PSPA awards, 09-10: 79 Gold 44 Silver 20 Bronze Brasler Prize, 2009, Story of the Year Student Press Law Center Courage in Student Journalism Award, 2009, Henry Rome and Seth Zweifler Former co-editors-in-chief Liz Bravacos and Meghan Morris were awarded the 2010 National Scholastic Press Diversity Story of the Year honorable mention for their March 2010 article about religion in Conestoga.  The Spoke’s gambling investigation won the 2008 News Story of the Year Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. The award is co-sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.