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The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

The student news site of Brimmer and May School | Chestnut Hill, MA

The Gator

Publication Awards

Now in its tenth year, The Gator has won numerous individual and collective awards from top local, regional, and national scholastic organizations.

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Columbia Scholastic Press Association 

CSPA Gold Crown Award - Online Publication (2024)

CSPA Silver Crown Award - Online Publication (2023)

CSPA Silver Crown Award - Online Publication (2022)

CSPA Gold Crown Award - Online Publication (2021)

CSPA Gold Medalist Critique - Online Publication (2021)

CSPA Gold Medalist Critique - Online Publication (2020)

CSPA Gold Medalist Critique- Online Publication (2019)

CSPA Gold Medalist Critique - Online Publication (2018)

CSPA Gold Medalist Critique - Online Publication (2017)

CSPA Silver Medalist Critique - Online Publication (2016)

CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit in Photography, Sita Sita Alomran '20, Photos of the Week, (2020)

CSPA Gold Circle First-Place in Humor or Commentary, Nate Suraci '21, Op-Ed: Tackling the disparity in public school funding, (2021)

CSPA Gold Circle First-Place in Cartoon Portfolio, Ava Lockhart (2021)

CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit in News Writing, Brian Gamble '21, Teachers and students address zoom fatigue, (2021)

CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit in First Person Experience, Zoe Kaplan '21, My Diagnosis, Five Years Later, (2021)

CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit in News Feature, Caroline Champa '20, Coronavirus: Chinese students worry about home (2021)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place in First Video PSA, Sophia Spring '22, Brimmer in the Age of COVID-19 (2022)

CSPA Gold Circle First-Place in Humor or Commentary, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, To Foster Perseverance, Look to the Past (2022)

CSPA Gold Circle Third-Place in First Person Experience, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, Breaking the Ballet Body Taboo (2022)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place in Podcast, Evan Michaeli '24, “Podcast: Former NBC Olympic Broadcaster, Greg Lewis, (2023)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place in General or Humor Commentary, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, As a Russian-American, I stand with Ukraine (2023)

CSPA Gold Circle Honorable Mention in Entertainment Reviews, Marlie Kass '23, Movie Review: 'Tick Tick... BOOM!' Stuns on Netflix (2023)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place Photo Illustration, Edan Zinn '23, Vaccine Approval for Ages 5-11 Sparks Hope (2023)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place in Video Feature Package, Sophia Spring '22, GNN: From the Height of COVID-19 to Now  (2023)

CSPA Gold Circle Second-Place in Planned News Writing, Rachael Rosenberg '27, Middle School’s New iPad Monitoring Policy Sparks Controversy (2024)

CSPA Gold Circle Honorable Mention in General or Humor Commentary, Marlie Kass '23, Op-Ed: I’m an Artist, AI Doesn’t Scare Me (2024)

CSPA Gold Circle First-Place in Entertainment Reviews, Amelia Bowman '25, A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara: A Profound Exploration of Human Existence and Friendship (2024)

National Scholastic Press Association

NSPA Pacemaker Finalist - Online Publication (2023)

NSPA Pacemaker Winner - Online Publication (2023)

NSPA 7th Best of Show, Spring Convention - Online Publication (2022)

NSPA Pacemaker Finalist - Online Publication (2022)

First Class Ranking Critique (2020)

First Class Ranking Critique (2019)

First Class Ranking Critique (2018)

First Class Ranking Critique (2017)

Second Class Ranking Critique (2016)

Second Class Ranking Critique (2015)

First Place for Opinion Story-of-the-Year, Gabe Bryan '19, Speak Truth to Power Amid Sexual Abuse Claims (2018)

Honorable Mention for Digital-Story-of-the-Year, Abigail Mynahan '19 and Jared Heller '19, Expressing Ourselves (2018)

Honorable Mention for Digital Story-of-the-Year, Abigail Mynahan '19, Amplify: AJ Reeves '18 is on Fire (2019)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest for Excellence in COVID-19 Coverage, Edan Zinn '23, Photo Essay: Boston Goes Dark (2020)

Honorable Mention for News Story-of-the-year, Carolina Champa '20, Coronavirus: Chinese Students Worry About Home (2020)

Fall 2021 Clips and Clicks Contest, third place for Opinion Story-of-the-Semester, Marlie Kass '22, Review: ‘Hadestown’ Dazzles Broadway in Stunning Return.

Fall 2021 Clips and Clicks Contest, fourth place for Sports Story-of-the-Semester, Nico Jaffer '22, “Quinn Nielsen ‘23: Shooting Hoops at 6’10.”“

Spring 2022 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for Opinion Story-of-the-Semester, Marlie Kass '23, Op-Ed: Remembering Stephen Sondheim (2021)

Spring 2022 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for Opinion Story-of-the Semester, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, As a Russian-American, I stand with Ukraine (2022)

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for Opinion Story-of-the-Semester, Amelia Bowman '25, Op-Ed: The Jewish high holidays during COVID-19 (2022)

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for Opinion Story-of-the-Semester, Evan Michaeli '24, Summer 2022 showcases climate crisis on full display (2022)

First Place for Multimedia Sports Story-of-the-Year, Nico Jaffer '23, Quinn Nelson '23: Shooting Hoops at 6'10" (2022)

Honorable Mention for Multimedia Feature Story-of-the-Year, Grace Papas '23, After Nearly Three Decades, Athletic Director Jeff Gates Retires (2022)

Honorable Mention for Multimedia Sports Story-of-the-Year, Nico Jaffer '23, From 18 Down to One Up, Boys XC Wins Threepeat (2023)

Honorable Mention for Local Climate Change Reporting-of-the-Year, Bhart Lal '24, Evan Michaeli '24, Arianna Parede '24, Mary Wang '25, Pollution: Undermining Our Planet's Health (2023)

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, fourth place for News Story-of-the-Semester, Amelia Bowman '24, Community Unites Against Hate: A Call for Education, Empathy, and Advocacy (2023)

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for News Story-of-the-Semester, Amelia Bowman '24, Israel-Hamas War: School Calls for Compassion (2023)

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, second place for Editorial-of-the-Semester, Editorial Board, Editorial: A Call for Core Values (2023).

Fall 2023 Clips and Clicks Contest, honorable mention for Editorial-of-the-Semester, Editorial Board, Editorial: Time for Healing After Racist Incident (2023).

 

New England Scholastic Press Association

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2024)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2024)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2023)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2023)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2002)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2022)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2021)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2021)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2021)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2020)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2020)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2019)

All-New England Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2019)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2018)

Highest Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2017)

Superior Achievement in Scholastic Editing and Publishing (2016)

Honorable Mention for Superior Localizing, Elizabeth Picken '17  AP Classes at Brimmer: Under the Microscope (2016)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Michael Donahue '19, Community Responds to DACA's Uncertain Fate (2017)

Special Achievement Award for editorial writing, Shani Breiman '18,  Flexibility, Understanding Needed as Clubs Bear Brunt of Growing Pains (2018)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Gabe Bryan '19,  Speak Truth to Power Amid Sexual Abuse Claims (2018)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Camille Cherney '19, Diversity Essential to Learning (2019)

Special Achievement Award for news writing, Molly McHugh ’21, School Acquires Access to Mt. Ida Athletic Facilities (2018)

Special Achievement Award in artwook/cartoon, Michelle Levinger ’19, Op-Ed: Take a Stand Against Transgender Military Ban (2019)

Special Achievement in artwook/cartoon, Michelle Levinger ’19, Grade Inflation at Private Schools (2019)

Special Achievement Award in feature writing, Jared Heller ’19 and Abigail Mynahan ’19, Brimmer not Immune to Vaping Tend (2019)

Special Achievement Award in column writing, Miles Munkacy ’20, Op-Ed: The Importance of Student Voice (2019)

Special Achievement Award in column writing, Nate Suraci ’21, Is Mastering a Foreign Language Worth It? (2019)

Special Achievement Award in artwook/cartoon, Jennifer Ngo ’22, Happy Holidays: Newsroom to Reopen in 2020 (2019)

Special Achievement in artwook/cartoon, Jennifer Ngo ’22, Remembering Toni Morrison (2019)

Special Achievement in artwook/cartoon, Ava Lockhart ’21, Don’t Trivialize Trauma (2020)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Zoe Kaplan '21,  Op-Ed: Internet Addiction is Real (2020)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Karly Hamilton '21, Visa Crackdown Targets International Students (2020)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Caroline Champa ’20, Brush Fires Devastate Australia (2019)

Special Achievement Award in column writing, Karly Hamilton ’21, Vape Ban Helps Black Market Products Thrive (2020)

Special Achievement Award in column writing, Zoe Kaplan ’21, Don’t Trivialize Trauma (2020)

Special Achievement Award in sports writing, Gator Staff, Amplify: Varsity Boys’ Soccer Wins MBIL Championship (2019)

Special Achievement Award in Video, Haleigh Jacobs ’23 and Sophia Spring ’22, GNN: Gators Show Spirit at Homecoming (2019)

Special Achievement Award in news writing, Karly Hamilton ’21, School Responds to Coronavirus (2020)

Special Achievement Award for news writing, Caroline Champa ’20, Coronavirus: Chinese Students Worry About Home (2020)

Special Achievement Award in feature writing, Karly Hamilton ’21, Lower School Receptionist Virginia Beech to Retire After 30 Years (2019)

Special Achievement Award in photography, Edan Zinn ’23, Photo Essay: Boston Goes Dark (2020)

Special Achievement Award in photography, Edan Zinn ’23, Gators Defeat Covenant Christian (2020)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Karly Hamilton '21, Op-Ed: Coping with Loss During COVID-19 (2020)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Karly Hamilton '21, School Responds to Claims of Racism, Bias (2020)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Edan Zinn '23,  School No Longer Recognizing Columbus Day (2020)

Special Achievement Award in news writing, Edan Zinn '23, Community Member Receive Covid-19 Vaccines Early (2021)

Special Achievement Award in news writing, Brian Gamble '23, Diploma Programs Adapt to Covid-19 Restrictions (2021)

Special Achievement Award in video feature, Sophia Spring '22, Brimmer in the Age of Covid-19 (2021)

Special Achievement Award in Podcast, Edan Zinn '23, Mahlet Woldemariam ’95 on Vaccine Development (2021)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Grace Papas '23, Op-Ed: Stop Romanticizing LGBTQ+ Relationships (2021)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, Breaking the Ballet Body Taboo (2021)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Natalie Kozhemiakin ’23, Teens Grieve for India Amid COVID-19 Crisis (2022)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Edan Zinn ’23, Photo Essay: Band Improvises During COVID-19 (2022)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Kate Hirshcen '23, With States Reopening, Students Feel Normalcy Near (2022)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Evan Michaeli '24, Earth is Melting (2022)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Gator Staff, Gamble Wins Division IV NEPSAC Race, Cementing Historic Team Finish (2022)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, To Foster Perseverance, Look To The Past (2021)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, As a Russian-American, I stand with Ukraine (2022)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Amelia Bowman '23, My Rock Climbing Journey 2022)

Special Achievement Award for column writing, Marlie Kass '23, Op-Ed: Remembering Stephen Sondheim (2021)

Special Achievement Award for news writing, Kate Hirshcen '23, WIth States Reopening, Students Feel Normalcy Near (2022)

Special Achievement Award for news writing, Kate Hirshcen '23, Quarantined Students Face Make-Up Work (2022)

Special Achievement Award for sports writing, Gator Staff, Gamble Wins Division IV NEPSAC Race, Cementing Historic Team Finish (2022)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Abby Jacobs '26, MBTA Shutdown, Accidents Impact Community (2023)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Giulia Laurenza '23, Continued Travel Delays Impact Students, Teachers (2023)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Kate Hirshcen '23, Quarantined Students Face Make-Up Work (2023)

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Amelia Bowman '25, Israel-Hamas War: Schools Calls for Compassion (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Special Contest on Localizing, Edward Flint '26, Immigration Stories at School (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Page Design, Evan Michaeli '24, Choking Ourselves to Death (2024)

Special Achievement Award for Page Design, V. Boys 1 Makes History Despite Championship Loss, Gator Staff (2024)

Special Achievement Award for Special Section, Chloe Rose Scolnick '25, Series: Diploma Diaries (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Sports Story, Nolan Suraci '26, Boys XC Shines at NEPSTA (2024).

Special Achievement Award for News Story, Cathy Wu '24, Seniors Can Skip AP Exams in Most Subjects (2024).

Special Achievement Award for News Story, Amelia Bowman '25, Community Unites Against Hate: A Call for Education, Empathy and Advocacy (2024).

Special Achievement Award for News Story, Amelia Bowman '25, Israel-Hamas War: Schools Calls for Compassion (2024).

Special Achievement for Page Design, Tavio Mares-Van Praag '27, Gators Defeat Penguins in Quarterfinal Upset (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Feature Story, Edward Flint '26, Immigration Stories at School (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Feature Story,Rachael Rosenberg '27, Academic Priorities Limit Club Meeting Periods (2024)

Special Achievement Award for Opinion Story, Mary Wang '26, Op-Ed: Embracing French as a Third Language (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Opinion Story, Evan Michaeli '24, Ten Years Later, We Remain Boston Strong (2024)

Special Achievement Award for Opinion Story, Michael Young '23, Tackling Public Transit in Massachusetts (2024).

Special Achievement Award for Opinion Story, James Yu '24, Home, Sweet Home (2024).

 

Quill and Scroll

International Second Place Award (2017)

International Second Place Award (2018)

Honorable Mention in news writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contes, Brian Gamble '23, Students, Teachers, Weigh In on Canvas (2020)

Honorable Mention in political reporting, Photo, and Multimedia Contest, Nate Suraci '21, Tackling the Disparity in Public School Funding (2020)

Honorable Mention in news writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest, Cathy Wu '25, Mask Mandate, Gym Closures Impact Winter Sports (2022)

Third-Place in editorial writing, Writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest, Gator Editorial Board, Editorial,: In Support of Northwest High School's Newspaper (2023)

First-Place in environmental writing, Writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest: Evan Michaeli '24, Summer 2022 Showcases Climate Crisis on Full Display (2023)

Honorable Mention in news writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest, Abby Jacobs '26, MBTA Shutdown, Accidents Impact Community (2023)

Honorable Mention in review writing, Photo, and Multimedia Contest, Marlie Kass, Review: 'Suffs' Impresses at Public Theater (2023)

Third Place for Beginner Podcaster, Chloe Scolnick '24, Diploma Diaries (2024)

First Place for Multimedia Online Package, Michael Young '23, Tackling Public Transit in Massachusetts (2023)

Second Place for Opinion Writer of the Year, Evan Michaeli '24, Chocking Ourselves to Death (2024).

Honorable Mention for News Writing, Amelia Bowman '25, Students Instructed to Cease Social Media Use in Bathrooms (2024)

Honorable Mention for News Writing, Evan Michaeli '24, Historic Change: First Major Schedule Update in Two Decades (2024).

Third Place for Climate and Envirnoment Writing, Bhart Lal '24, Evan Michaeli '24, Arianna Parede '24, Mary Wang '25, Pollution: Undermining Our Planet's Health (2023)

Second Place for Sophomore of the Year, Rachael Rosenberg '27. *Adviser David Cutler mistakenly entered Rachael as a sophomore; she is a freshman. He regrets the error.

Second Place for Junior of the Year, Amelia Bowman '25 (2024)

 

Best of SNO

Excellence in column writing, Edan Zinn '23, Fight Like an Activist, Not a Consumer (2020)

Excellence in column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, Reflecting on My Cultural Identity (2020)

Excellence in column writing, Evan Michaeli '24, Op-Ed: Anti-Semitism Never Went Away (2021)

Excellence in news writing, Grace Papas '23, Chauvin Verdict Prompts Community Discussion (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Grace Papas '23, Op-Ed: Stop Romanticizing LGBTQ+ Relationships (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Grace Papas '23, Op-Ed: Living with Body Image Issues(2021)

Excellence in news writing, Edan Zinn '23, Community Members Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Early (2021)

Excellence in podcasting, Edan Zinn '23, Podcast: Mahlet Woldemariam '95 on Vaccine Development (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Helen Chu '25, Op-Ed: Stop Asian Hate, Because Hate is a Virus Too (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, Breaking the Ballet Body Taboo (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, To Foster Perseverance, Look To The Past (2021)

Excellence in column writing, Marlie Kass '23, Op-Ed: Remembering Stephen Sondheim (2021)

Excellence in sports writing, Nico Jaffer '23, Quinn Nelson '23: Shooting Hoops at 6'10" (2021)

Excellence in arts writing, Marlie Kass '23, Op-Ed: Remembering Stephen Sondheim (2022)

Excellence in arts writing, Marlie Kass '23, Movie Review: 'Tick Tick... BOOM!' Stuns on Netflix (2022)

Excellence in news writing, Cathy Wu '24, Mask Mandate, Gym Closures Impact Winter Sports (2022)

Excellence in column writing, Natalie Kozhemiakin '23, As a Russian-American, I stand with Ukraine (2022)

Excellence in multimedia reporting, Sophia Spring '22, Never Too Late to Learn: Mr. J Takes French (2022)

Excellence in column writing, Evan Michaeli '24, Op-Ed: Environmental Actions Speak Louder than Words(2022)

Excellence in column writing, Evan Michaeli '24, Op-Ed: Life is Bigger than Sports (2023)

Excellence in news writing, Amelia Bowman '25, Community Unites Against Hate: A Call for Education, Empathy, and Education (2023)

Excellence in news writing, Amelia Bowman '25, Israel-Hamas War: Schools Calls for Compassion (2023)

Excellence in news writing, Mary Wang '26, AI Humanizers in Education: A Test of Student Integrity (2024)

Suffolk University Greater Boston High School Newspaper Competition 

Second Place for Excellence in Online Journalism (2022)

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Journalism (2021)

First-Place for Excellence in Online Journalism (2020)

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Journalism (2017)

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Journalism (2016)

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Journalism (2015)

Honorable Mention for Excellence in Online Journalism (2014)

Massachusetts Scholastic Press Association

Fifth Place (column writing): Camille Cherney '20, It’s Time to Rethink Graduating in White (2018)

Third Place (news photography): Michelle Levinger '19: Students Walk Out for Radical Compassion (2018)

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