The Shakerite

About “The Shakerite”

The Shakerite is the award-winning Shaker Heights High School student news organization, covering senior pranks, the state of the schools and everything in between. With one print issue each school year, The Shakerite currently publishes most of its content online. Readers can receive updates from The Shakerite’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts, as well as sports news from the Raider Zone Twitter account.

The Shakerite is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. It received a gold crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in March 2014 and 2015, with silver crown awards in March 2016 and 2017. It has received awards such as Editorial of the Year from NSPA in 2016 and best Breaking News Story from CSPA in 2017. Additionally, The Shakerite has most recently placed in the top 10 in the Newspaper Tabloid category at the NSPA/JEA fall conventions in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Publication Website Large School category in 2013.

The Shakerite is led and managed by its Executive Team, a group of editors that was selected by last year’s outgoing Team. It comprises of:

Editor-in-Chief Brendan Zbanek

Executive Managing Editor Annie Sullivan

Web Managing Editors Jenna Loveman and Marin Hunter

Web Design Editor Josh Levin

Chief Financial Editor & Copy Chief Bay Simonelli

Opinions expressed in columns are those of their respective authors, and do not represent the views of The Shakerite, Shaker Heights High School or the Shaker Heights City School District. The Editorial Board is comprised of Chairwoman Olivia Peebles, Vivian Bowling, Erin Williams, Jenna Loveman, Brendan Zbanek, Daniel Tcheurekdjian, Stella Staneluis, Josh Levin, and Jaimee Martin. The Editorial Board’s editorials, called the “’Rite Idea,” present the views of the editorial board; however, they may not reflect the opinion of The Shakerite’s entire staff. The board rules on ethical, staff-related and logistical issues within the paper.

The Shakerite is organized through an introductory Honors Journalism I and II class in which students learn reporting and designing skills. After this, the reporters apply and interview to become section editors or Business Team members in the Newspaper Production class. Some of these editors apply to join the Executive Team as a managing editor or editor in chief in their junior or senior year. The Business Team, which is both in-class and out of class, manages The Shakerite’s finances, trips, and advertising.

Readers may contact The Shakerite at (216) 295-6210, at [email protected], or at 15911 Aldersyde Drive, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. For inquiries related to The Shakerite’s social media accounts, please email Web Managing Editors Olivia Peebles and Brendan Zbanek.

The Shakerite’s adviser is Victoria Schmidt, who can be reached at [email protected] To submit a question, story idea or information regarding an already-published story, click here. To submit a letter to the editor, click here. For questions regarding how to join The Shakerite, click here.

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About “The Shakerite”