Literary Magazine recognized for excellence


Rick Epstein

Editors, Maggie Erwin and Isabelle LoSapio, at literary magazine release party

Clare Erwin, The Delphi Editor

Delaware Valley Regional High School’s art and literary magazine, Changing Perspectives, continues to receive high praise for its latest publication, Something Blue (2018). The collection of short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography was reviewed by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) last May and June and was awarded a Gold Medalist ranking with All-Columbian Honors.

The judging was based upon Verbal, Visual, and Editorial Essentials (Something Blue received a score of 398 out of 400 for its Verbal Content). In addition to the CSPA, the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) has also given the magazine a First Place award, and, for the first time in the publication’s history, recognized it as a finalist for its esteemed Pacemaker Award. Only 8 of the 28 literary magazines selected from schools across the country will be honored, and those chosen will be announced by the ASPA in April. “We feel very grateful to have been recognized as one of this elite group,” says Mrs. Esposito, who advises Del Val’s literary magazine. She thanks the Art department, administration, and Board of Education for all of their assistance, and she credits much of the magazine’s success to the gifted student body and alumni.

Something Blue was also awarded a First Class ranking, the highest possible, by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in their 2018 REALM (Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines) program. Again, it was 1 of 28 magazines selected for the award out of the 358 submitted for evaluation. The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) gave the magazine its highest ranking, “All American,” with 4 out of 5 Marks of Distinction.

Del Val graduate Isabelle LoSapio (class of 2018) and senior Maggie Erwin were co-editors of last year’s magazine. “It is great to see the many talented writers and artists we have at Del Val receiving the recognition they deserve. In addition, the awards we have received are a testament to the hard work of the staff and our advisor,” says Erwin.

In addition to the acclaim for the entire publication, staff member Sophia McCarthy (class of 2018) received an Honorable Mention from Columbia for her photography portfolio within Something Blue.
This year’s publication of Changing Perspectives is currently in progress as the 14th volume of Del Val’s literary magazine. The staff is extremely proud of the positive feedback past volumes have received, and it hopes to continue this trend in the future. Most importantly, they would like to thank those who have made the magazine a reality for Delaware Valley since 1971!