Register Named Top Newspaper in New England, Wins 12 Regional Awards


Register staff accept the first place, All-New England print/online newspaper award at the New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University on Friday, May 5. From left to right: Jake Bucci, Alexandre Silberman, NESPA Executive Director Helen Smith, Isabella Bucci and Halima Said.

BOSTON – The Register, Burlington High School’s student publication, has been named first place All-New England print/online newspaper by the New England Scholastic Press Association. The award was presented at the 69th annual spring conference at Boston University’s College of Communications on Friday, May 5.

The honor was presented for the Class II school size of 700-999 students. The organization’s annual publication competition draws hundreds of entries from around New England. The judging panel consisted of Boston University journalism professors and experienced scholastic media advisers.

Register staff took home a dozen total awards at the Boston event. The paper received a highest achievement award in addition to the All-New England honor.

Staff members were recognized with 10 special achievement awards in the regional contest for individual work.

Senior Editor Jake Bucci received awards for website design and news photography for a photo from Sen. Leahy’s visit to the high school this fall.

Staff Writer Lucy Govoni was recognized in the profile writing category for “Sophomore Growing Parkour Community.”

Videographer Maia Vota received an award for a piece she produced on BHS students who participated in the Women’s March on Washington.

Staff Writer Cerella Farinholt and Senior Editor Alexandre Silberman won a special section award for “Into the Archives: a Look at the Register’s Historic Past.”

Silberman was recognized for two news writing stories; “Contract Negotiations Final Session,” and “Board Passes $74M Budget, Seeks Bond.”

He also earned a video award for “Burlington Rallies for Syrian Refugees,” a feature story award for “Problems of the Auditorium Study Hall,” and feature photo award for an image that accompanied the article “Dress Code Incident.”

Principal Tracy Racicot was interviewed on the Channel 3 news about the Register’s accomplishment:

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