Playwickian editors win another award

LANGHORNE Student editors at Neshaminy High School have picked up another journalistic award: the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

The award, announced this week, recognizes news organizations "whose work and ethical decision-making demonstrates courage and a commitment to the highest values of journalism," according to the school.

In 2013 and 2014, the students at Neshaminy were engaged in a prolonged battle with administrators over whether they could ban the word redskin, their school mascot, from the pages of the Playwickian. The students felt the word was discriminatory. District officials disagreed.

As pressure swirled locally and the debate attracted national attention, the students and their adviser, Tara Huber, stuck up for their beliefs, which Therese Bottomly, an award judge and an editor at the Oregonian, said in a statement was "extraordinary."

The Playwickian becomes the first high school publication to win the award, the university said. This year's other recipients were the Chicago Tribune and the Arizona Republic.

- Chris Palmer