Carolina Day student literary magazine Interrobang receives First Class distinction from NCTE

Carolina Day Upper School students in the Society of Literature, Art, Music, and Media (SLAMM), have been honored with a REALM First Class distinction—the highest distinction possible—for their 2018-19 Literary & Arts Magazine, Interrobang. The award program is overseen by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines) program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing. The 2019 REALM program designations were announced on January 28, 2020. There were a total of 325 entries with 46 REALM First Class recipients. Carolina Day was one of two publications in North Carolina to earn the designation of REALM First Class. 

Student editors for the Interrobang magazine were Catherine Davis and Mary Manning Holmes. The faculty advisor for the publication was Upper School English teacher Susan White.

“It is incredibly gratifying that SLAMM assembled and designed a magazine that matches the professionalism and creativity of our upper school writers, artists, and musicians,” said White. “While it is an honor to earn NCTE's highest distinction, our greatest honor lies in spotlighting our many talented students and inspiring others to share their creations.”

The magazine has a tradition of distinction, having received recognition and awards each year since 2010; however, this is the magazine’s first time to earn the designation of REALM First Class. According to the REALM Evaluation Guide for Judges, this special award of REALM First Class “recognizes magazines that fulfill extraordinary standards of excellence. The magazine is characterized by a variety of genres including print and multimedia presentations, highly original and technically outstanding writing, high-quality design with fonts and graphics that complement the theme and tone, inclusion of high-quality writings from various disciplines, and other evidence that school-wide participation has gone into the development of the magazine. In such magazines, students handle virtually all aspects of writing, production, and business with exceptional skill.” 

The award recipients received praise in a letter from Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE Executive Director: “From all of us at The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) congratulations to you and your students on this exceptional publication. We commend you for inspiring a love of writing that your students will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Congratulations to all the talented and dedicated members of SLAMM and their faculty advisor on a job well done. 

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2018-19 Literary & Arts Magazine, Interrobang