Stoganews.com is a convergence website featuring content from The Spoke and TETV. All content is produced by Conestoga High School students. The website is managed by the editorial board of The Spoke. Stoganews.com was designed by Suproteem Sarkar, using Snapwire, a theme by Gabfire Themes, as a base.

Editors-in-chief: Andy Backstrom, Michael Hong 
News Editor: Jerry Zhu
Op/Ed Editor: Michelle Xu
Student Life Editor: Mary Mei
Sports Editors: Matt Paolizzi, Caleigh Sturgeon
Managing Editor of Online Operations: Paula Miller
Convergence Editors: Meagan O’Rourke, Eric Xue
Copy Editor: Camille Kurtz
Public Relations Manager: Shivani Sanghani                                                               Head Designer: Michael Zhang
Photography Editor: Betty Ben-Dor
Business Editor: Allan Du
Centerspread Editor: Ian Ong

Staff:  Betty Ben-Dor, Elizabeth Billman, Allan Du, Nour Elkassabany, Sage Forte, Rose Kantorczyk, Camille Kurtz, Cissy Ming, Kyle Nicholson, Ian Ong, Matt Paolizzi, Emma Purinton, Allison Reagan, Matt Soderberg, Caleigh Sturgeon, Michelle Xu, Eric Xue, Lyvia Yan and Warren Zhao


The Spoke is the student-produced newspaper of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa. The Spoke is published seven times a year at Bartash Printing.


The Spoke and Stoganews.com will publish letters of general interest to the student body and community. Signed letters under 200 words may be submitted to Susan Houseman, Cynthia Hyatt, Suproteem Sarkar, Simran Singh or Yuge Xiao. Unsigned editorials represent the view of The Spoke editorial board, and not necessarily those of the administration, student body, community or advertisers. The opinions expressed in signed columns are those of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of The Spoke.

Corrections and clarifications are posted on Stoganews.com following the publishing of any misleading, inaccurate or omitted material in order to set the record straight. An editor’s note at the end of a published article indicates if a correction has been made. Retractions are made only when legal advice and the vote of the Editorial Board indicate the need and responsibility. To inform Stoganews.com about a potential correction, please email corrections@stoganews.com.

Stoganews.com encourages readers to share their opinions about articles posted on the website. Please note that comments are not posted immediately—they are reviewed for defamation, profanity and libel. Not all comments are published. Once comments are submitted, they become the property of Stoganews.com. Please keep comments short—if you would like to elaborate on your opinion you may submit a guest commentary or letter to the editor at submissions@stoganews.com. If you have any questions, please email us.


The Spoke received the Keystone All-State award from the Pennsylvania Student Press Association, the only publication to receive such an award. November 2014

Stoganews.com was named a 2013 NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist March 2013.

Stoganews.com was named a 2013 CSPA Scholastic Crown Finalist.

The Spoke earned an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association December 2012.
The Spoke received a Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association November 2012.

Stoganews.com earned an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association November 2012.

Stoganews.com was named a 2012 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Digital Newspaper Crown Finalist on March 1, 2012. Out of the 27 high school news websites recognized, it was the only one from Pennsylvania.

Stoganews.com earned a 2011 Online Pacemaker Finalist award from the National Scholastic Press Association in February 2011, making it one of the top 36 student sites in the country.

Stoganews.com was rated a 2011 First Class newspaper website by the National Scholastic Press Association.

The Spoke consistently receives the Gold Award from the Pennsylvania School Press Association and is a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist. The Spoke was named a Pacemaker Finalist from the National Scholastic Press Association in November 2010, and a Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in March 2011. In November 2011, it was recognized as an All-State newspaper by the Pennsylvania School Press Association and earned two National Scholastic Press Association awards at its annual convention for cartoons drawn by Gabby Epstein, The Spoke’s 2010-2011 staff cartoonist.

From previous years…

Gold Medalist, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09, Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Gold, 2006-07 and 2007-08 and 2008-09, Pennsylvania School Press Association
First Class, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 National Scholastic Press Association
First Class Web site, 2008-09, National Scholastic Press Association

Silver Crown, 09-10, Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Gold, 09-10, Pennsylvania School Press Association
Pacemaker Finalist, 2010, National Scholastic Press Association

143 total individual PSPA awards, 09-10:
79 Gold
44 Silver
20 Bronze

Former co-editors-in-chief Liz Bravacos and Meghan Morris were awarded the 2010 National Scholastic Press Diversity Story of the Year honorable mention for their March 2010 article about religion in Conestoga. The story can be viewed here.

The Spoke’s gambling investigation won the 2008 News Story of the Year Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. The award is co-sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

View the winning story in PDF form, as it appeared in the February 2008 issue of The SPOKE:
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