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American Scholastic Press Association Awards 1st Place to Prisms

American Scholastic Press Association Awards 1st Place to Prisms
Feb 11 2021

prisms award

For the second year in a row, SJND’s literary and arts magazine, Prisms, has won First Place with Special Merit from American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). ASPA is a nationwide contest for high school publications ranging from magazines to yearbooks. The ASPA focuses on elevating and highlighting not only the publications produced but the students who work tirelessly on them. SJND has won 27 awards throughout the 21 year history of Prisms. 

This year’s awards include: 

First Place with Special Merit

Best High School Artist and Photographer for Kaia Ordinario, ‘22

kaia ordinarioTake Me Far Away by Kaia Ordinario Grade 11

Prisms is a literary and arts magazine that’s student-run, published, and managed with the help of teachers. Prisms was founded by SJND English and Spanish teacher Elizabeth Norris in 1991. The original publication was printed in black and white and staple bound. The magazine is now printed full color and perfect bound. Along with writing and artwork, the magazine now includes student performances and videos by way of QR codes. Prisms is distributed each year in May and a copy is provided to the household of each student. Check out the digital version of Prisms 2020.


On February 11 we held a virtual reading of selected works from Prisms, hosted by our students. 

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