South Orangetown Central School District

The 2019 edition of Tappan Zee High School’s TONES received 13 awards in the Literary Magazines category at the annual Empire State School Press Association (ESSPA) Conference held at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Working on TONES has been a meaningful experience for senior Sophia Palitti, one of the publications art editors. Sophia plans to major in graphic design and, through TONES, “learned a lot about Photoshop, composition and layout.” Hannah Ahn, a senior who serves as both a literary and art editor, was interested to discover the artists and writers in their midst and sought to ensure representation of diverse perspectives. “It’s really rewarding to see your hard work turn into a magazine.”

Congratulations to our talented writers and artists, and advisors Donna Grasso and Sarah McMane:

Overall Publication
Gold/All New York

Cover Design
Bronze: Paul Tucci

Silver: Juliana Guarracino, “Tortilla. Queso. Tortilla.”
Honorable Mention: Sophie Regina, “Heartbeat”

Layout (Single Page)
Gold: Hannah Ahn, Layout 1; and, Hannah Ahn and Katie Lussen, Layout 6
Silver: Alexa Cinque and Madeline McCarthy, Layout 4; Dylan Fitzgerald and Lois Kim, Layout 3; and, Emilia Bertoli and Madi Maggiore, Layout 5
Bronze: Fiona Donovan and Anna Puris, Layout 6

Honorable Mention: Dylan Fitzgerald, Landscape 2; and, Sophia Palitti, “Purity”

Honorable Mention: Cassandra Bartels, “Places Where My Motivation May Be Hiding”

Pictured below are current TONES members who earned 2019 ESSPA awards, with advisor Donna Grasso. Interested in writing and/or visual arts? TONES is recruiting new members!

2019 TONES ESSPA award winners with awards displayed