As a member of the Germantown High School Iconoclast staff, I have a very special opportunity: the staff members and I participate in the creation of an annual, award-wining literary magazine. To most, that doesn’t seem very extraordinary of an experience at all. However, I’ve truly grown to love exposing myself to art created by other talented students attending our school. The best way to realize the potential hidden within others is sitting down and appreciating the ways in which they choose to express themselves. The magazine created by Germantown’s Iconoclast staff celebrates these methods of self-expression and by spreading the final product of our work with our classmates, teachers, and community, we encourage one another to continue creating and also learn to see potential in one another at all times.
The Iconoclast has won the prestigious gold medal, the highest award, from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for eleven years. The CSPA has also awarded The Iconoclast with All-Columbian Honors in both prose and poetry writing. The 2013-2014 edition received an unprecedented perfect score in prose writing. The National Council of Teachers of English has given The Iconoclast a superior rating (the highest rating) for at least eleven consecutive years. The American Scholastic Press Association has award the magazine with three first place with special merit awards and four first place awards.
My favorite part of being one of the Iconoclast staff members is the closeness I begin to feel with other staff members by the end of the year. Because there are so few of us (this year there are four), we truly begin to feel like a small family. The period we dedicate to working on the magazine has become my favorite class period, behind lunch of course. Talking and joking together is easy and almost second nature, but comfort comes from sharing a common interest in self-expression, art, literature, graphics, photography, and more. However, our time together is by no means merely fun and games. We work hard at several fundraisers held year round to raise money toward the creation of our magazine. Every year, toward the end of August, we hold a snow cone sale accompanied with baked goods to treat students with after a long day. Throughout the year we continue the sale of baked goods to the student body, typically during awards day periods. On top of rigorous fundraising, we spend time reading through a lot of submissions and picking those that fit the theme establishing for the year. Also, a lot of time is spent dedicated to working on formatting, layout, and graphic design, working carefully to make sure the magazine flows effortlessly from page to page. A lot of work and commitment goes into producing a magazine at the end of the year that we as a staff can be proud of and our school and community can enjoy. The Iconoclast staff members and I are thrilled to see what the coming year holds.