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“Titan Musings” Wins Awards for Excellence

The 2017 edition of “Titan Musings,” a publication at San Marino High School that features prose, poetry, short stories, paintings, drawings and sketches generated by students, has received two awards in recent days. Earlier this month, “Titan Musings” received an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Teachers of English for annual publications. It’s the second-highest honor offered in the category.

And just this morning, the National Scholastic Press Association recognized “Titan Musings” as one of just 14 magazines among the finalists in the 2017 Literary Magazine Pacemaker competition. The NSPA Pacemaker award, one of the oldest awards for scholastic journalism, has a rich tradition. The association began presenting the prestigious award to high school newspapers soon after its founding in 1921. Throughout the years, yearbooks, literary magazines, online sites and broadcast programs were added to the competition.

“The Pacemaker Award is compared to the Pulitzer Prize for scholastic journalism,” said Jose Cairé, the advisor for Titanian Yearbook who also helps out with “Titan Musings.”

Her typically humble self, Chu passed on tbe praise to others.

“I really like how it all came together after some challenges with the design and what we wanted to do,” said senior Tiffany Chu, who was editor for the 2017 publication and is still on board for 2018. “I am proud of everyone and how they added their own taste to the design. I admire how Audrey Yang changed the color palette.”
Chu was introduced to “Titan Musings” by art teacher Michelle Pauline, who encouraged the then-freshman to submit a piece of digital artwork for consideration.
“From there, I wanted to stay involved,” Chu said.
Chu will be attending Wellesley College in the fall where she will major in either English or Media Studies. She is also involved in Mock Trial, Girls Who Code, National Honor Society and Titanian Yearbook.

“I am honored and proud of the work that Tiffany Chu and her staff have accomplished with the production of our 2017 edition,” Cairé continued. “Titan Musings Magazine is truly a labor of love for the students involved. They get no academic credit, they have no budget, and many times, they have to beg for people to submit their work for magazine inclusion. So, these awards award a great way to recognize their dedication and commitment to literature, the arts, and culture. Our magazine has been in existence for many years, yet, this is the first time that we have been recognized with an award.”



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