• Feb. 12, 2024

    USCHS literary arts magazine earns first place honors

    Montage coverMontage, a student-produced literary arts magazine at Upper St. Clair High School, recently earned first place recognition in the Annual Scholastic Yearbook, Magazine and Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the American Scholastic Press Association.

    The 2022-23 staff who produced the award-winning publication included Lisa Choreklieva, editor-in-chief; Ujal Gautam, literary editor; Aarav Patil, marketing director; Vincent Watson, art editor; and Rohit Sattuluri, Mana Barimani and Opal Miller, design editors. English teacher Daniela Buccilli serves as faculty adviser.

    “Lisa planned and executed a minimalist design for the issue,” Ms. Buccilli said. “As a student who lived in Russia and Ukraine, with family still in Ukraine, she wanted to create an issue that spoke quietly of the seriousness of our times. She was inspired by the illustrations in the poetry collection Milk and Honey.”

    The annual contest provides feedback on page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, cover design, advertising placement, photography and other publication elements. Each school yearbook and magazine is scored on a point system and is awarded first, second or third place in its classification.

    “We are so proud of all those associated with last year's Montage,” Dr. Timothy Wagner, USCHS principal, said. “The USCHS literary magazine has a tradition of excellence, and I'm so pleased that our students continue to benefit from the internal satisfaction of creative ventures and the external accolades on work well-done.”

    Work on the 2023-24 edition of Montage is currently underway and can be reserved for $10 until March 22, 2024, after which the price increases to $18.

    “Vol 58 of Montage is shaping up to be pretty amazing: the theme is TIME,” senior Ujal Gautuam, 2024's editor-in-chief, said. “There's a nod to futurism in our plans. We are soliciting art and writing from our student body until March 22nd.”

    Students are encouraged to submit original creative art and writing to montage@uscsd.k12.pa.us for publication consideration. The 2023-24 issue is anticipated to be available in May. 

    2022-23 Montage staff