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2017 LitMag receives national honors


the literary magazine of Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Earns Highest Award in National Competition
Catharsis, the literary magazine from Judge Memorial Catholic High School has earned the Highest Award by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM). This is the top honor in this nationwide contest.
PRESLM publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students, teachers, and schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad, and the Virgin Islands.
This year, 371 literary magazines were submitted for review. Of that number, 26 received the Highest Award. State and national judges complete first round judging based on a point system. Magazines scoring 91–100 and recommended by the state and national judges for Highest Award are displayed at NCTE’s Annual Convention in November and judged by the PRESLM Advisory Committee. The Committee determines whether a magazine meets enough criteria to win the honor of Highest Award.

Bryan Jeffreys serves as the faculty advisor for Judge Memorial's renowned literary magazine, a publication that has won several national awards of excellence for the past 20+ years. Linda Simpson is the advisor emerita of the magazine.
The 2017 Catharsis staff was led by Editor-in-Chief Mary Oliver '17 and Junior Editor Annie Trentman '18. This is the fourth time overall and the third time in four years that Catharsis has earned Highest Award. The success of Catharsis is a direct result of the hard work of the students on literary magazine staff and of the excellence of students in Judge arts programs.