‘West Side Story’ staffers win 7 Gold Key awards


Megumi Kitamoto ’15 (front left), Jaeho Lee ’14 (front right), Apoorva Raikwar ’14 (back left) Paul Curry ’14 (back middle), Kelsey Keranen ’16 (back right) and Leela Sathyaputri ’14 (not pictured), all earned Gold Keys from the Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society for their writing, photo illustrations and multimedia work in the 2013-2014 “West Side Story.” Sara Whittaker is the newspaper’s adviser.

A Gold Key is the highest honor a journalist can receive in Quill and Scroll’s international writing, design and photography contest.

Curry won for his opinion column titled “A visit from Reagan.” Keranen won for her opinion column titled “Other.” Raikwar won for her multimedia piece titled “No Shave November.” Kitamoto won for her editorial titled “Trial and Error.” Lee won for both his photo slideshow titled “Fencing” and his photo illustration titled “Cover: You are being watched.” Sathyaputri won for her photo illustration titled “Cover: Counting candles.”

Gold Key winners are eligible, as seniors, for the Edward J. Nell Memorial or the George and Ophelia Gallup scholarships in journalism.

There were a total of 2211 entries in this international competition in all 17 divisions, with a total of 286 entries selected as National Winners and 322 individual student winners in all categories. The 17 categories include: editorial writing, editorial cartooning, news writing, news feature photography, sports photography, feature writing, opinion columns, review columns, individual in-depth reporting, team in-depth reporting, advertisement, sports writing, photo illustration, infographics, multimedia-features, photo slideshow and blogging.

For information on past “West Side Story” gold key winners, click here.