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Public invited to view historical display of WVHS newspaper, The Survey

on November 10, 2016

Old copies of The Survey HS newspaperIn partnership with the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Warwick Valley Central School District is planning several activities and events in 2016-17.

One of the first is an exhibit of memorable and historic issues of the Warwick Valley High School newspaper, The Survey, assembled by the current Survey co-editors and faculty advisor, Ms. Denise Markt.

Historical exhibit of The SurveyThe display is in the WVCSD District Office, located in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center, adjacent to the Middle School.

Community members are invited to view this exhibit of historic newspapers and artifacts!


Some highlights of the display
  • A bound volume containing a collection of the original newspaper/news book, The Survey, from the 1920s. This volume came to the school district via a call from a woman in South Carolina whose elderly relative, originally from Warwick, had saved it. The volume is a treasure the woman kindly donated to our high school journalism students.
  • Single editions of The Survey from the 1930s, 40s, (50/60s-one is missing), 70s, 80s, and 90s
  • An original copy of the Pine Island elementary newspaper, donated by former Pine Island Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Jane Hamburger.
  • Many historic events are represented in these newspapers, including wedding announcements from the 1940s and 50s, students’ favorite song listed as Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” to a student analysis of the Vietnam War, bell bottom fashions, editorial on smoking lounges and personal ads.
  • A photo of a journalism student shaking hands with then-First Lady, Hillary Clinton
  • A more recent section on students’ reaction to the 9/11 tragedy, complete with a very recent article written by WVHS alum Ashley Fodor, whose father, Lieutenant Michael Fodor, perished in 9/11 when Ashley was one of the Editors-in-Chief of The Survey. This is accompanied by a copy of the September 2016 edition of Refinery 29 magazine, which published a touching reflection piece written by Ashley.
  • The change in technology is represented, from a typewriter which required “white out” liquid correction fluid for every error, to a Polaroid instant camera, to a handheld cassette recorder, to a digital camera, and now to a keyboard, with just about everyone equipped with a high quality voice and video recorder in their cell phone.


The Survey Co-editors comment about the exhibit
The Survey co-editors who assembled the exhibit

WVHS Survey Editors-In-Chief 2016-17 (L-R) Emma Tennyson-Hickey, Demi Herasme, Olivia Astorino

The three co-editors of The Survey who created the exhibit are Emma Tennyson-Hickey, Demi Herasme and Olivia Astorino, all WVHS seniors.  They’ve been working on The Survey for three years, and find the old technology that used to be involved in in publishing the paper in the past to be interesting. They found the 9/11 articles to be the most poignant. Because they were all so young at the time, they don’t have memories of that event.

Demi Herasme, Senior: “The technological transformation from the 1920s to now has changed journalism and the way we can access it. It’s been inspiring to our generation and the future ahead of us.” Demi is considering majoring in Communications/PR in college.

Olivia Astorino, Senior: “Keeping an archive of all the old magazines and newspapers has truly showed us how much The Survey has changed and how we can continue to improve and innovate the newspaper.”

Emma Tennyson-Hickey, Senior: “Looking at the old copies of The Survey showed us how much journalism has changed since the start of student newspapers at Warwick Valley High School. The 9/11 articles in particular showed us how we used newspapers to bring our country together and raise awareness in such a challenging time.”

Each issue of The Survey is still printed on paper, as well as published online. Students are currently using the Quark Xpress layout software program, but will soon be transitioning to a more current program, InDesign.

“The items are certainly treasures,” notes Denise Markt, WVHS Journalism teacher and Faculty Advisor of The Survey. “They have a great deal of historic significance, and we welcome community members to come take a look.”


The Survey also on new AWPL digital collections website

Several scanned issues of The Survey from 1938-1944, which are searchable, are included on the new Albert Wisner Public Library digital collections website.

The issues may be viewed at:


Village of Warwick to celebrate Sesquicentennial in 2017

The Village of Warwick will celebrate its 150 year anniversary next year, and plans for the 2017 Sesquicentennial are underway. Celebrations will take place throughout the year, including annual events and Sesquicentennial events. Plans include parades, picnics and contests for all ages. The 50 year old time capsule will be dug up and another one will be buried in its place. The Sesqui website features historic Warwick photos, upcoming events, links to local history websites, a timeline of the history & development of the Village, and more.

For information, please visit the Village Sesquicentennial website at as well as the Facebook page: Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial.


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