Shalhevet student journalists get the OK to attend award ceremony on Shabbat

Last week in these pages, we reported that The Boiling Point, the Shalhevet High School student newspaper, is one of nine finalists for the prestigious National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker award, but that since the prize will be announced on Nov. 17, a Saturday, the student journalists’ ability to attend still needed rabbinic authorization. As it turns out, those attending the Fall National High School Journalism Convention in San Antonio will be able to accept the award when it is announced, should they be the winners.

Permission to attend the ceremony came from the rabbinical authorities at the Modern Orthodox private high school. “They’re sending a Judaic Studies faculty member to help chaperone, and we’ll be dressed for Shabbat,” Joelle Keene, The Boiling Point’s faculty adviser, wrote in an e-mail to the Journal on Sept. 28.

The Boiling Point is competing in the category for broadsheets of 17 pages or more. Keene said the plans for the student journalists that day include Shabbat morning prayers and a festive Sabbath lunch in advance of the award ceremony.

“It should be a day to remember,” Keene wrote.