Edan Zinn ’23, Digital Story of the Year Finalist


Co-Editor-in-Chief Edan Zinn ’23.

Gator Staff

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) just awarded The Gator’s Co-Editor-in-Chief Edan Zinn ’23 a coveted finalist spot for Digital Story of the Year.

Zinn’s article, Photo Essay: Band Improvises During Covid-19, along with eight other entries from across the country, will compete for the top prize with NSPA’s upcoming Nov. 14 announcement. If Zinn wins, his story will go through another round of judging to compete for a $1,000 prize.

“Just being nominated here is akin to being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in journalism,” Adviser David Cutler said. “Edan is a multi-talented journalist, and his impressive abilities have only grown throughout his three years in the newsroom. “What makes Edan even more special, however, is that he cares as much—or even more—about the overall success of the publication. His humility is genuine and impressive.”

“I’m so proud of Edan,” Co-Editor-in-Chief Natalie Kozhemiakin ’23 said. “He has worked so incredibly hard this year, and I truly value all of his contributions to the newsroom. His accomplishments are so well deserved!”

“I am honored to receive this award,” Zinn said. “This photo essay took an entire school year of reporting, taking photos, and getting to know the Band to create, and it ended up being one of my favorite experiences as a high school photojournalist.”

Previously, Zinn has earned nine prestigious scholastic press awards. In 2020, NSPA also awarded his article, Photo Essay: Boston Goes Dark, one of just 12 nationwide special achievement awards for excellence in COVID-19 coverage.

Band Improvises During COVID-19
The Upper School Ensemble took on the challenge of making music despite restrictions due to the pandemic.