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Letter from the Editor

A Final Send-Off

By Craig Papajohn-Shaw

Volume 2 Issue 7

June 13, 2022

A Final Send-Off

Original photography by Elyas Layachi

Volume 2 of North Star has come to a close with this final issue. 7 Issues with over 100 insightful articles and brilliant original artwork. It has been my honor to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of this magazine over the last year and work on the leadership staff since its relaunch in September 2020. We followed a common format to last year’s Volume, where we wrote about monthly themes; however, this year our goal was to write more about topics pertaining to the students at North, this was seen with the addition of our “student news” section on our front page. A couple of noteworthy points of pride I’d like to mention:

Most notably was our success at the Adelphi Quill Awards; our magazine came home with three awards! 1st place for Best Visual work (Kimberly Shrestha- Art Section Editor), 2nd Place for Best Opinion Piece (Craig Papajohn-Shaw - Editor-in-Chief and Lucy Wu - Senior Website Designer), and 3rd place for Best News article (Craig Papajohn-Shaw - Editor-in-Chief and Lucy Wu - Senior Website Designer). We are so proud of our award recipients this year, and the leadership staff will be researching additional journalism competitions to attend in the upcoming year.

In our artwork section this year, we featured outstanding works from the Memory Project. This year, artists took inspiration from children in Nigeria. In coordination with Art Honor Society President Luiginna Frederique, 11 portraits were featured on our website to portray those Nigerian children who have been displaced from their homes.

I would like to congratulate Shinedip Kundlas who will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief for the 2022-2023 school year (Volume 3). The North Star executive board appointed Shinedip to this position in June as a result of her dedication and writing accomplishments for the magazine; she will represent a fresh perspective to the leadership staff starting next school year. I would also like to congratulate Matteo Somma who will assume the role of Senior Website Designer after training for this position for the last year. He, along with Shinedip, will continue to grow on the success of North Star. It has been a pleasure working with this year’s staff and I wish the best of luck to next year’s staff under the leadership of Shinedip.

Please welcome me in congratulating the 2022-2023 North Star Leadership Team

Editor-in-Chief: Shinedip Kundlas

Senior Website Designer: Matteo Somma

Managing Editor: Elyas Layachi

Entertainment and Media Editor: Alain Deen

News Editor: Everton Prospere

Feature Editor: Christina Ossa

Art Section Editor: Kimberly Shrestha

Polaris Editor: Navrosedip Kundlas

Sports Editor: Aleeza Dhillon

Science & Technology Editor: Elyas Layachi

Senior Social Media Designer: Elaine Ching

Treasurer: Alain Deen

A final thought, you may not feel comfortable writing or telling a story, but you have ideas and principles. Use your knowledge to research those whose voice speaks to you and vote.

Before signing off, we must thank Ms. Mansfield for her steadfast advisorship; we couldn’t have done any of this without her guidance, enthusiasm, and experience. Additionally, we thank the staff at North for their continued support. Lastly, thank you to our readers; your concerns, thoughts, and accomplishments are the inspiration behind every issue. I wish you all a great summer and I can't wait to see what you accomplish next year.

All the best,

Craig Papajohn-Shaw


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