Saint Mary’s School officially launched its chapter of Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists, with a candlelight induction of five charter members under the tent on the Hannah Smith ’12 Quad, Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021.
Congratulations, to Avery DiPasquale ’21, Audrey Goldfield ’21, and Isabella Montero ’21, of The Stagecoach yearbook staff, and Riley Bensen’21 and Caroline Koonce’21, co-editors of The Belles student newspaper, on becoming charter members of the Saint Mary’s School chapter of Quill and Scroll, the International Honorary Society for High School Journalists.
“I want to congratulate you not only for the journalistic work that you have done in your career at Saint Mary’s but also for the foundation you have laid for the writers and creators who will follow in your footsteps,” said Assistant/Interim Head of School Carol Killebrew, during the ceremony. “The job that you have done in your roles for The Belles and The Stagecoach was not one for the faint of heart – your audience becomes a critic or editor when it reads something that you have produced, but you have to look past their commentary and realize this: Your words were read. You made an impact.”
Members were nominated for this honor by their publication advisor, endorsed by the school, and elected for membership by the international office of Quill and Scroll, based on their meritorious work in journalism at Saint Mary’s School.
Quill and Scroll Society was founded at the University of Iowa, April 10, 1926, as a non-secret honorary high school society. It was organized to recognize and reward ability and achievements in writing and other phases of journalistic work in high school. The purpose of Quill and Scroll is to instill in students the ideals of scholarship and the standards of the journalism profession by developing better journalists, inculcating a higher code of ethics, promoting exact and dispassionate thinking, and exercising clear and forceful writing.
To become a member of the Society, a student must meet five qualifications. She must be of junior or senior classification; she must be scholastically in the upper third of her high school class; she must have done superior work in some phase of high school journalism; she must be recommended by the advisor of journalistic work in her high school or by the committee governing publications; and she must be approved of being worthy of membership by the Society’s executive director.
“After examination of the chapter recommendations, these five candidates have been found qualified for Quill and Scroll honors,” writes Jeff Browne, executive director of the international Quill and Scroll society. “As evidence of their election to the Society, the names of the candidates have been entered on the international rolls. To the initiates, who have earned Quill and Scroll recognition by having performed superior work in some phase of journalism, we extend a warm welcome!”
“With a year, unlike any other, these young journalists, were the leaders that have helped to define the world around us - for their community to understand more clearly and for the future generations 179 years from now, to look back on and learn,” said Colin Murasko, yearbook advisor. “Because this is what a yearbook or a newspaper is, a historical document that freezes time, cover to cover.”