The Bexley High School newspaper, The Torch, has received the 2008 George H. Gallup award from Quill & Scroll for its work during the 2007-08 school year.

The Bexley High School newspaper, The Torch, has received the 2008 George H. Gallup award from Quill & Scroll for its work during the 2007-08 school year.

The Torch is one of only 39 high school newspapers nationwide to earn the award, which is the highest granted by Quill & Scroll.

Quill & Scroll is based at the University of Iowa's school of journalism and mass communication. It was founded in 1926 to encourage and recognize student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.

The 2007-08 Torch staff was led by co-editors Lucy First, Adrienne Liefeld and Libby Ashton, all members of the class of 2008.

Staff adviser Julie Horger will be honored with the Bexley school board's Star Thrower Award at the board's meeting Dec. 15.

The Torch was one of only three newspapers recognized in Ohio.

The newspaper is published at the end of each month during the school year. The October and April issues are mailed to the entire Bexley community.

Bexley's scholastic chess players competed in the Ohio K-12 championship tournament, held Nov. 15 at Olentangy Liberty High School.

The format required players to compete with students in the same grade.

Seniors Sam Brock, Ben Hoover, Adam Neubauer and Aleks Vayntraub were 12th-grade team co-champions, along with Columbus Alternative High School. Vayntraub was 12th-grade co-champion with CAHS student Septarshi Chauduri. Neubauer placed sixth.

Junior Max Gillett placed sixth in the 11th-grade division. Freshman team members Abby Gillett and Raphael Vayntraub placed fifth in the team division.

Other Bexley students who competed in the event were Ruhi Sabouri, William Nemitoff, Mark Dihle and Evan Gutter.