Xanadu Award Reflects a Neighborhood Where Creativity Hangs Out

Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.
Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence.

Great news just in from English teacher Mr. Joseph Pipolo. Walt Whitman’s Digital Literary Magazine ‘Xanadu’ was selected as a Crown Prize recipient by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's (CSPA) annual critique! Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging. The CSPA select the best 22. Walt Whitman’s xanadulitmag.com was selected and is the only New York on-line literary arts magazine chosen. Whitman is now in the running for the Gold Crown Award, which is the very best of the best.

“This is no small accomplishment. A great deal of creativity, careful editing, formatting, cooperation and love goes into this website,” said Pipolo, also the National English Honor Society Advisor. “Xanadulitmag.com was judged by the art, photography...the level of writing of poetry and prose...the musical videos...it was judged on its editing and formatting. It was judged on its sophistication as a site and also the level of submissions. That means this is Walt Whitman’s award.”

It should not be surprising that Ms. Joann Hili-Carbone, Whitman’s English Department Chairperson, showered the Xanadu students and English teacher Joseph Pipolo with words of praise. But in true ‘Pip’ fashion, the limelight belonged to an even bigger group. “This magazine, and thus this award, do not happen without incredible works submitted to incredible editors. This honor is a tribute of the teachers and creators involved in every explicit and implicit, obvious and nuanced element of its being. This is a celebration of the entire South Huntington Community.”

Simply put…Xanadu is a collective, a neighborhood where creativity hangs out.  “Columbia expects perfection, maturity and inclusiveness,” added Pipolo. “We feel we do that.” Please, please visit xanadulitmag.com and enjoy all of wondrous and impressive¬≠¬≠ creations of our Whitman students!