Senior Courtney Sabo holds her first two PA Newspaper Awards. She will accept her third consecutive at the PNA luncheon in Hershey this Wednesday. Sabo was also recognized as the best scholastic journalist in the state with her portfolio possibly earning her a scholarship. - Kylie Hastings
Students know her this year as the Editor-in-Chief of Memorabilia, but senior Courtney Sabo’s work ethic and talents have earned her much more. Sabo was selected as the 2011 Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) Scholastic Journalist of the Year, and her 46-page portfolio has been sent to the national Journalism Education Association (JEA) for scholarship consideration at their national conference in Anaheim, CA.
“You can not begin to imagine how she has changed student publications,” says Memorabilia and R&W; advisor Samuel Bidleman. Along with trend-setting yearbook designs, the former R&W; editor-in-chief has continued to create eye-catching pages in this publication.
Two of her layouts were awarded Keystone Awards by the PA Newspaper Association which will be presented this week at their annual trade show in Hershey.
“I spend hour after hour sketching and then designing whatever work I have on my iMac. Whatever I do needs to be perfect. No regrets,” says Sabo.
But that honor was overshadowed when Sabo was announced at the state’s SJOY. Her portfolio was a collection of over 50 layouts, photographs, illustrations and editorials that showcased her best efforts. Judges noted the diversity of her work, her dedication to community service and the attention to detail that highlights every entry. JEA national winners will be announced on April 17.
Sabo plans to use her graphic designing skills in the future, but has yet to decide on a career. After all of her accomplishments, Sabo has received nothing less that her well deserved praise. “Obviously I’m incredibly proud,” says Bidleman.

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