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Dan Foust

Communications Coordinator



Strongsville, OH (April 6, 2016) - Strongsville High School’s student newspaper, The Lantern, was recently  recognized by the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) with seven awards.  

The Lantern, with a staff of twenty five students, won third place for Overall Newsmagazine. Other Lantern staff earning recognition included:

  • Autumn Whitener - Superior (the highest honor) for Artwork

  • Fatima Sajjad (Editor in Chief) & Morgan Myers (Photo Editor) - Honorable Mentions for Front Page Layout

  • Lauren Gregory (Junior Editor) - Honorable Mention for Column Writing (*two years in a row for her Nerd's Corner column)

  • Lindsey Blomquist (Layout Editor) - Honorable Mention for Opinion Page Layout

  • Sara Ludwig (Senior Writer) - Honorable Mention for Commentary Writing

The OSMA competition is held annually at Kent State University. OSMA holds a workshop in the fall for students from across Ohio to visit the campus and work with other high schools on improving writing, photography, and layout/design skills. Then, each high school publication is able to submit pieces for each category. From January to March, the OSMA board critiques submissions, with awards presented at the OSMA Spring Workshop and Banquet in April.

Mary Erste, Strongsville High School English and Journalism teacher, is the adviser for the student staff of The Lantern. “As a growing staff, we feel incredibly excited and honored with our success at OSMA. These awards are a true testament to the students' hard work and how much they care about Strongsville school spirit,” said Ms. Erste.


The mission of the Strongsville City Schools, an excellent school district with a tradition of nationally recognized students and staff, is to ensure all students reach their fullest potential, through challenging curriculum and activities, provided by a highly qualified, motivated staff, in a safe, supportive environment with up-to-date facilities and technology - in partnership with the community.