Excerpted from the Yourhub of the Denver Post by Emily Leo, 12/1/16:


The Lake editorial staff was honored by 2 journalism organizations.

Last weekend in Indianapolis, The Lake staff was honored at the semiannual National High School Journalism Convention put on by the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA) as the only Colorado high school magazine nominated for the Pacemaker Award (akin to a student Pulitzer Prize). The basis for this includes careful critiquing for year-to-year consistency in style, quality, integrity, and eloquent defiance of the status quo. The Lake won its 1st Pacemaker Award in 2014.

The Lake's Co-editor-in-chief Esteban Arellano won 1st in the Magazine Spread/Page for "Stories From the Diner" (Mar. 2016), senior staff editor Meg Metzger-Seymour won 2nd in Illustration for "Are We Breeding Violence?" (Nov. 2015), and 8th in Diversity Story for "It's All In Your Head" (Mar. 2016) on stigmas from mental illness.

The Lake's advisor Lynn Schwartz who began in 2015-16 said "the skill of the staff members has grown tremendously since I have come along to work with everyone. I think [they care] care greatly about what they do and [create] something that is professional looking and shows good journalism."

Esteban Arellano said "one thing I love about The Lake is that we know what we are. We don't attempt to create a stuffy newsroom with stiff updates that students don't care about. Instead, we recognize that we ourselves are students and use that to our advantage. We begin letters with 'What's Up?' and we talk about memes, feminism, and school safety in a way that we ourselves would like to read. As a staff, we love what we do, and that comes through in the beautiful, simplae, and unique work that we creat."

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