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Breccia: DHS' Little Literary Magazine that Could

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Breccia: Deering's Little Literary Magazine that Could
Posted on 02/17/2015
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Deering High School's literary magazine, Breccia, has won the highest recognition awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Breccia’s 2014 edition has been ranked as "Superior – Nominated for Highest Award" by the National Council of Teachers of English. Breccia is the only student literary magazine in Maine to receive this designation, which is the highest ranking the NCTE offers, according to Shana Genre, Deering English teacher and co-advisor of the Breccia literary magazine.

Genre said Breccia dates back to 1879 and keeps improving. “Our little magazine has been doing better each year; four years ago, we were just ‘Above Average,’ but we've been climbing the ranks ever since, and this is as high as it goes,” Genre said.

Last year's student editors included Emerald Stewart ('14), Taryn Brennan ('14), Orkhan Nadirli ('14), Olivia Blom, Catherine Bart, Eilish Carpenter, Joel Kahn, Nathan Mathis ('14), Mary O’Rourke, and Kera Pingree ('14). The cover art for last year's edition was by Jackson Bizer, and the layout design was by Orkhan Nadirli.

The 2014 edition of Breccia features writings and art work by Ryan Murphy ('14), Jackie Dunphe ('14), Sahara Hassan ('14), Tailor Jordan, Zachary Duperry ('14), Berta Lindos, Kinyaa Josephine Luka ('14), Lucas Raine ('14), Taiylor Wing ('14), Nathan Williamson ('14), Patrick Dunbar ('14), and many more students.

Breccia holds events such as poetry slams and open mics to pay for the cost of printing the magazine. Those who want to support Breccia can buy a copy of the magazine or attend the next fundraising event, which will be a school open mic in the cafeteria on Friday, March 13.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, email Shana Genre at genres@portlandschools.org.