Mynahan ’19 Selected as Story of the Year Finalist


Abigail Mynahan ’19. Gator file photo.

Gator Staff

Earlier today, the National Scholastic Press Association named former Gator Editor-in-Chief Abigail Mynahan’s ’19 piece, Reeves ’18 is on Fire, as one of the top-10 digital sports stories in the country for 2018-19.

“I am honored to be nominated for a second national award, and I think it is a great way to finish my time at The Gator,” Mynahan said. I am so proud of The Gator’s continued success and can’t wait to see how awards turn out this year.”

The story was posted under the publication’s newest section, Amplify, which showcases long-form journalism. Mynahan designed and edited the story, with contributions from other staffers.

“Abby is a terrific journalist and she deserves this impressive accolade,” Gator Adviser David Cutler ’02 said. “This is akin to being nominated for an Oscar, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her win a Pulitzer Prize one day soon. Making this even sweeter,  however, is the fact that Abby worked closely with her peers to make this digital story really pop.”

A winner will be named at next month’s scholastic press conference in Washington, D.C., but even earning a nomination is a significant accomplishment, as thousands of entries are submitted nationwide.

“In every category, the number and the quality of the entries increased from last year,” NSPA’s Contest Coordinator Gary Lundgren said.

Last year, Mynahan, along with Executive Editor Jared Heller ’19, earned another NSPA nomination for best digital news story, Expressing Ourselves, about the School’s creative arts achievements.

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Gabe Bryan ’18, who was nominated for best opinion story, went on to claim the top prize.

NSPA will announce nominations for additional categories later this month.