February 24 2016
BHS Student Journalists Recognized for Coverage of Islamic Center Vandalism
By: Rich Hosford
Four student journalists at Burlington High School’s newspaper have been honored for their work covering a big story in town.
According to a blog post by the BHS English Department, student reporters Gina Anastasiades, Olivia Celeste, Meenal Khandaker, and Katrina Mastracci have received a New England Scholastic Press Association journalism award in their “Special Contest on Localizing” for their article “Community gathers after local mosque vandalized.”
The story was on how the community came together following the the vandalism of the Burlington Islamic Center on Halloween night last year. As reported on BNEWS, on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1:45 a.m., police were called to the mosque and religious community center on Lexington St. by a member, who reported seeing graffiti and other damage.The exterior of the building had been sprayed with “U.S.A.” multiple times with red spray paint. There were also several eggs smashed that had been thrown at the building.
The NESPA is a Boston-based organization that seeks to highlight excellence in student journalism.
“Congratulations to our four winners!” the blog states. “Also to Ms. Graham, our Journalism teacher and the head of the Devil’s Advocate, for her hard work!”