Fayette County High’s historical magazine wins top awards

Tue, 10/09/2007 - 3:20pm
By: The Citizen

The American Scholastic Press Association has named Fayette County High’s 2007 edition of “Fayette Portraits” as Best Literary Magazine with Special Merit and Outstanding Theme/Historical Magazine.

Over 2,000 high schools across America participated in the 2007 American Scholastic Press Association’s competition. Out of a possible 1,000 points, the magazine fell short just 20 points from having a perfect score. This year’s score of 980 is up 30 points from last year.

“Fayette Portraits” is a student-directed study of Fayette County and its culture, traditions and people. Students select and interview long-time Fayette residents who share their memories and historical data about the county. The students take the information, along with photos and artwork they collect, and publish articles in the yearly magazine.

Students hold annual fundraisers to pay for publishing expenses. The magazine is sold through Fayette County High.

The 2007 publication marked the 20th edition of the magazine, which started in 1986 as an oral history project by teacher Becky Lewis. Terrell Williams is the current sponsor of “Fayette Portraits.”

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