The National Council of English Teachers has announced their REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines) winners for magazines from the 2017-2018 school year. Reflections, the student-run magazine at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, came in second place for the entire state of Maryland.
“Each year, the students dedicate their lunch periods and free time to put together a magazine that represents the creativity and talent of the student body at CESJDS by collecting paintings, sketches, photographs, graphic art, poetry, and prose,” said Melissa Tomanelli, who teaches English in the high school and serves as the magazine’s faculty advisor. “Last year, the students decided that they wanted to branch out and include other types of media by including QR codes in the magazine that were linked to interviews with artists, writers, and magazine staff members.”
“The magazine is almost entirely student run: They seek out student work, they decide what submissions get accepted, they choose a theme, and they design, review, and edit each spread,” she said. “A lot of thought and creativity goes into the layout of each spread and the unifying theme or themes of the magazine. We’re also really proud of our middle school literary magazine, Collage, who earned a Superior rank in the program!”