The Smoke Signal


All awards and other achievements of The Smoke Signal can be found here.

The Smoke Signal was named the Distinguished Journalism Program by the GSSPA for New Jersey’s Division B in its Autumn 2016 conference.

2016-2017 School Year


JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention

Excellent (Feature Writing) — Kayla Barry

Honorable Mention (Newswriting) — Madison Gallo


JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention

Honorable Mention (Feature Writing) — Lauren Cohen


SNO Badges

Excellence in Writing

Site Excellence

Audience Engagement


Best of SNO

Pushing back against censorship — Sarah Schmoyer

Bringing healthy soccer to underprivileged areas — Robyn Roznitsky

Why I don’t stand for the pledge — Jamie Ryu

Spirit of late student lives on through foundation — Rachel Powell


2015-2016 School Year


Fall Garden State Scholastic Press Association Conference  


The Smoke Signal — Distinguished Journalism Program for New Jersey’s Division B


Feature Writing

First Place — Robyn Roznitsky, ” ‘Her name is Juli’ “: PV students reconnect teacher and

Peruvian woman after 38 years”

Second Place — Jamie Ryu, “The journey from Karoline to Kax”

Honorable Mention — Evan Jones, “Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s


Honorable Mention — Kayla Barry, “Ready, aim… shoot!: PV senior demonstrates passion for archery”

Honorable mention — Kayla Barry, “PV senior takes to the ice to showcase her talents”


Editorial Writing

First Place — Vanessa Rutigliano, “Lack of authenticity in PV’s outside coverage: Student voices in the media do not reflect the entire student body”

Honorable Mention — Vanessa Rutigliano, “Tweets can echo”


Opinion Writing

First Place — Chandni Shah, “Bring PV together by changing the mascot” (on Page 2)

Second Place — Kyle Comito, “PV should stay true to its Indian tradition” (on Page 2)

Honorable Mention — Kyle Comito, “New transgender policy misses the mark”

Honorable Mention — Brianna Ruback, “Summative assessments are no better than midterms”



First Place — Patricia Ocelotl, “Melissa Purcell pole vaults”

Third Place — Bryanna Testino, “Students partake in yoga”


In-depth Reporting

First Place — Kyle Comito, Jamie Ryu, Robert Saul, Shannon Culloo, Calvin Ralph, “Transgender

Policy Portfolio”

Second Place — Kyle Comito, Julia Fiskin, Jamie Ryu, Lauren Martinez, Sara Cadiz, Maddie Brookstone, “Virtual Day Portfolio”

Third Place — Chandni Shah, Kayla Barry, Jamie Ryu, Lauren Martinez, “PARCC Testing



Sports Writing

Third Place — Jake Aferiat, “An unlikely duo making noise for PV hockey”


News Writing

Honorable Mention — Jamie Ryu, “New transgender policy passes at Board of Education meeting”

Honorable Mention — Kyle Comito, “Superintendent sets record straight on School nickname debate”


NSPA Critique 2015-2016

First Class Distinction

Marks of Distinction in:


Breaking News


2016 SNO Distinguished Site (one out of 27 sites)


SNO Badges

Continuous Coverage Badge

Story Page Excellence Badge

Multi-Media Content Badge

Site Excellence Badge

Audience Engagement Badge


Best of SNO

The journey from Karoline to Kax – Jamie Ryu

Wednesday Morning Quarterback: Pimpinella, Penalties, and Placekicking – Evan Jones

Hillsdale woman advocates for new amendments to Joan’s Law – Evan Jones


2014-2015 School Year


SNO Badges

Excellence in Writing


Best of SNO

Sending smoke signals to our former editor in chief – Justin Cook

PV released from football game against non-public opponent – Jake Aferiat

Senior brings hope to Dominican families – Lauren Cohen

Don’t fret about the SATs – Nina Henry



Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA) is New Jersey’s student journalism organization. Every spring, high school publications can submit articles, pictures, and multimedia content to the GSSPA contest and have the potential to win awards. At the annual fall GSSPA conference held at Rutgers University, these awards are announced.

The Journalism Education Association (JEA) and its partner the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) hold two conferences every year, one in the fall and one in the spring. These conferences are attended by students, advisers, and professional journalists from across the country and provide for an opportunity for journalism education, interaction between student journalists, and write-off competitions in a multitude of categories.



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