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Thanks to everyone who helped the Notebook celebrate 20 years

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

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Thanks to the more than 300 people who turned out for the Notebook‘s 20th anniversary event on Tuesday, June 10, at University of the Arts. The event celebrated the Notebook‘s growth and impact since its launch in 1994 as an in-depth, independent education newspaper committed to advancing quality and equity.

The event featured a display of two decades of photos by Harvey Finkle and cartoons by Eric Joselyn that have appeared in the Notebook. A new seven-minute video about the Notebook was screened. Music was provided by student pianist Emilyrose Ristine. Students from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts drew caricatures of attendees.

Superintendent William Hite and School Reform Commissioner Feather Houstoun were among the dignitaries attending.

The Notebook presented its annual student journalism awards at the event. This year’s winners:

  • For school news reporting, Anthony Drayton, Griffin Gazette, Academy at Palumbo, for “Dr. Chew announces retirement: Reflections on a life in education”
    For feature writing, Sokunvichet Long, Masterman Voices, Masterman High School, for “More than a ring: One senior’s story”
    For commentary writing, Johan Espinal, Esperanza Post, Esperanza Academy, for “AP classes … are they worth the work?”
    For personal essay, Richelle Kota, Masterman Voices, Masterman High School, for “My identity: How I found something I never thought I lost”

The Notebook signed up three dozen attendees as new members. The Notebook holds a celebration each June, which provides vital support for the nonprofit news organization’s reporting work.

Photos by Harvey Finkle

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