HIGH POINT, North Carolina, April 23, 2021 – The 2020 edition of High Point University’s literary magazine, “Apogee,” won the Best in Show award along with three other awards at the North Carolina Media Association (NCCMA) conference held virtually in February. NCCMA is an association to support and encourage college media operations on public and private university and college campuses.
The student editors of the winning issue were Raegan Thomas and Meagan Pusser, both 2020 graduates. The issue was published last spring, showing their perseverance through the pandemic. The magazine received the Best of Show award in this year’s annual competition and received three other awards:
- Meagan Pusser, an English major who graduated in May 2020, won first place in non-fiction for her play, “My Side of the White Line.”
- Corrie Bruce, an English major who graduated in December 2020, received an honorable mention in poetry for her piece “Aubade”.
- Cassidy Mikel, a graphic design major, won second place for her two-page spread for Thomas’ poem, “Gran.”
“At this year’s conference, we learned a lot about creating effective two-page spreads,” said Leslie Bosse, HPU’s “Apogee” editor. “One of my favorite parts of Apogee, especially for our current edition, is seeing the incredible writing and artwork that was submitted turned into two effective and engaging pages. The edition we are currently working on, which is the actions edition, seems important. The content of this magazine is timely and meaningful, which makes me so happy to see it published. What I love most about this process is respecting the work of our contributors and bringing an important message to life.
The theme of the winning number was family. Thomas and Pusser developed the theme to recognize HPU’s English department and its faculty as family during their time at the university. They solicited the work of faculty members, administrators, and children of faculty members across campus. These works were published alongside HPU student writing and art.
“Based on our attendance at the past two NCCMA conferences, I’ve learned the importance of dealing with difficulties during the process, because that’s where the progress is,” said Nicole Prince, Editor-in-Chief. from HPU’s “Apogee”. “For our current issue, we have a collection of sensitive and timely personal pieces that reflect not only the journeys of writers but also of society, especially the oppressed. I look forward to realizing the work of our contributors and publishing the fairest issue of Apogee yet.
Founded in 1963 by HPU students, the magazine publishes art, poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Contributors are a mix of students and professional artists and writers. Past issues can be viewed on the university’s website.
While working on “Apogee”, students gain professional experience in editing, writing, art, and graphic design. They work in a creative and collaborative environment to discuss, develop and implement their ideas.
“Literary magazines like ‘Apogee’ show how today’s writers and artists make sense of the world,” said Dr. Charmaine Cadeau, Associate Professor of English. “We provide an intimate reading experience that showcases the vital and dynamic discourse of our campus.”
The theme of this spring’s issue is equity and will be published in early May. Allison Walker, English teacher, and Cadeau are the educational advisors this year.