On 21 May 2015, The Reckoner was cordially invited to the Toronto Star’s printing press for its outstanding success in the Toronto Star High School Newspaper Awards. A competition that has been ongoing for 19 years, the Star’s High School Newspaper Awards are presented to the best writing pieces or newspaper designs in 21 categories.
Students were given a tour of the printing facilities, and introduced to the different operations performed by the facility to consistently print the daily newspaper. After lunch, students were addressed by the Star’s life editor Mary Vallis and reporter Tara Deschamps who inspired students to pursue reporting by recounting the unforgettable and life changing experiences they were exposed to in the field. After the speeches, the authors of the best submissions handpicked from a selection of nearly 600 entries were presented with their awards for achieving journalistic excellence, with many destined for The Reckoner of Marc Garneau.
The Reckoner won 12 awards in 10 different categories:
Reporting – Runner-up: Takhliq Amir
Feature Writing-Short – 1st Place: Bill Xun
Critical Writing – 1st Place: Xin Niu Zhang
Critical Writing – Runner-up: Lauren Chang
Editorial Writing – 1st Place: Parnika Godkhindi
Editorial Writing – Runner-up: Boshen Cui
Opinion Writing – 1st Place: Susie Liu
Editorial Cartoon – 1st Place: Cathy Zhang
Illustration – 1st Place: Ananna Rafa
Layout & Design, Page – Runner-up: Shela Qiu
Electronic Newspaper, Layout & Design, Special Feature Page – Runner-up: David Lu
Best Electronic Newspaper – 1st Place: The Reckoner Staff