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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT The Mary Louis Academy Students Win Honors

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 1:00 am

TMLA Mariel Wins 12 Journalism Awards

Mariel, the student newspaper of The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, took home a total of 12 awards including the big win for General Excellence at The Tablet’s annual High School Press Awards ceremony on May 10.  The awards ceremony honored some of the outstanding journalism in school newspapers from five local high schools.

In addition to the General Excellence award, TMLA won awards for Best Front Page: “Farewell Forty-One”; Best Feature Story Third Place: “Social Media Shock Over Celebrity Engagements” by Katarina Cordero; Best Editorial – Honorable Mention: “Farewell Mariel – April Fool’s Edition”; Best Column – The Roger Payne Memorial Award: “HeART Cottage Corner” by Rene Walker;  Best Sports Story: “Swim-tastic Season” by Stephanie Starzynski and Chloe Chang; 2 awards for Best Photograph: “Saving Lives With Pints” and “Glee Club Singing” by Katherine Colin-Keita;  2 awards for Best Multiple-Photo Display: “Around the World in 80 Minutes: Cultural Harmony 2019” and “A Unique Artist”;  2 awards for Best Editorial Cartoon: “Naomi Osaka” by Charunya Bheem and “Pardoning the Turkey” by Nina Kropf.

“It’s the whole team that makes it happen, and I wouldn’t be able to make it happen without the whole team. It’s really rewarding to see all the hard work throughout the year pay off, and something to look forward to next year too – passing it down to future editors,” said senior Catherine Costigan, editor of the Mariel.  

TMLA congratulates to the entire staff and the moderator, Ms. Christina Cordes.

TMLA Robotics Team Soars at NYC FIRST Championships

TMLA robotics team 3204 has turned a fun team program into successful competition at the NYC FIRST Championships.  Back in April, TMLA’s FIRST robotics team competed in the New York Regional Competition. The Steampunk Penguins (FRC team 3204) won the prestigious FIRST Jack Kamen Imagery Award for incorporating the theme of “Women in Space.” This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.

The team referenced the recent female NASA recruits as well as “Sally Ride,” who was proudly emblazoned on their robot and team buttons. The judges found the TMLA team inspiring and the school proudly accepted this honor!

TMLA alumnae Tori Quan ’17, Loriana Donovan ’16, Yesenia Morales ‘17,  Jessica Morales ’18 and Tiffany Camusci ’15 helped the students build the robot and develop the theme.  The team would not have had a robot or an award without these graduates joining as mentors!

TMLA physics and computer science teacher Mr. Anthony Gadaleta is robotics moderator.  Head mentor for the team is Ms. Kathy Rutherford ’79 BEEE MS BME, who encouraged TMLA to begin this robotics program back in 2009.

If you would like to be featured on a School Spotlight page, call Lisa LiCausi, Education Coordinator, at (718) 205-8000, Ext. 110. Online go to qchron.com/schoolnews.

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