Fragments Continues Story of Success

Long Beach High School’s literary magazine, Fragments, has received several prominent honors for its 2015-16 issue, for which the stages of children’s drawing was the theme. The publication has a history of awards and distinctions from various press organizations and associations, both regional and national.

For the first time, Fragments was awarded the National Scholastic Press Association’s highest level of achievement; an All American rating. In order to be eligible for this distinction, a publication must receive 450 or more points plus four or five Marks of Distinction. Fragments earned 510 points with four marks of distinction in content, layout, writing and editing, photography, art, graphics, and topography.

Additionally, the magazine earned the Empire State Scholastic Press Association’s Gold All New York award, while several current students and 2016 graduates took individual awards. awards through this program.

In the non-fiction category, Alexandra Thursland received a silver award for her piece, “The American Pageant.” Bronze awards went to Demi Amideneau and Emily Reilly for their respective works, “The Bipolar Man Disappeared” and “Sponging.”

For poetry, Sophie Allen and Alexandra Thursland earned gold awards for their entries, “We Will Not Return From Sticky Sweet Days” and “Les murmures dans les fleurs.” Sophie also received two silver awards for her poems, “demesne” and “Drupes.”

Bronze awards were bestowed upon Iain Wall and Alexandra Thursland for their respective pieces, “Wet” and “mamihlapinatapai.”  Jess Thursland achieved an honorable mention for the poem, “Is a boy taller than me better?” and Chrysalis Mandell earned two honorable mentions for entries “Grotesque” and “Mt. Lykavittos”

In the specialized content category, Max Tunney received a bronze award for a piece titled, “The Hat.”