For the second year in a row, student journalists at Marshall High School have earned “Trophy Class” standing for both the newspaper and the yearbook.
The Virginia High School League announced the results of the 2014-2015 edition of its annual evaluation service at three scholastic media championship events last week.
The Rank & File was one of only nine traditional-format student newspapers to receive the top rating, earning Trophy Class for its fourth consecutive year.
Meanwhile, the Columbian shared the honor with approximately two dozen other yearbooks out of about 100 entrants. This was the yearbook’s third VHSL Trophy Class rating in four years.
The VHSL regulates athletic and academic competition of every stripe throughout the Commonwealth, from football and cheer to theatre and debate.
“This year’s evaluation is a testament to not only the hard work they put into every deadline but also their professionalism and commitment to the highest standards of scholastic journalism.”
The 2015 editions of the newspaper and yearbook have received top marks in national critiques as well.
The National Scholastic Press Association named Rank & File an “All-American” publication, placing the newspaper in the top tier of its annual critique service. As part of the review, the NSPA awarded the newspaper four marks of distinction.
“This was one of the best critiques the newspaper has received in recent years,” Reinish said.
Rounding out the results, the yearbook earned “Gold Medalist” standing from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its fifth year in a row as well as first-place standing with three marks of distinction from the NSPA.