Phoenix competed with others from around the state, and once again, the magazine was awarded the “General Excellence” plaque. In addition to the overall prize, magazine contributors won nine first-place awards and one third-place award. The Phoenix features art, poetry, and prose from Valencia students.
In the poetry category, Valencia received first place award for the collection of poetry submitted by students Michael Martin, Helen MacMaster and Philip Pantely. Michael Martin also received a third-place prize for his poem, “Delayed Reaction.”
In addition, MacMaster won the Debra Vazquez Award in Poetry, which is given to one poet annually to honor a slain English teacher and poet who was a key presence in the FCSAA until her untimely death in 2004. This was the first time a Phoenix poet has won the award.
In the nonfiction category, Merlaine Sivels won a first-place award for her article, “Daddy Issues.”
In the art category, Alyssa Aviles won first place for her “Self Portrait,” and she also was awarded another first place prize for her work, “Endless Adoration,” in another category. Aviles and Angel Rivera’s illustrations combined to help the magazine with first place in the collection of illustrations with text.
In the design category, Meg Lavinghousez and Patrick O’Connor won first place in overall magazine design. They also landed a first-place prize for the magazine’s cover, and another for the magazine’s content page.
In the editing category, Echo Slocum won first-place.