Heritage alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize
Starting off in these Heritage hallways as a writer for The Pioneer, Eli Saslow moved on to become the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for his series in the Washington Post on the challenges that people face while living on food stamps. The Pulitzer Prize is an award given out thirteen times per year for American Journalism, music, or literature.
Graduating in the class of 2000, Saslow took American Literature Honors his sophomore year, taught by Ms. Stephanie Lonnquist.
“He is such an authentic young man, what you see is what you get with Eli,” says Lonnquist.
Among a classroom of very intelligent students, Saslow was well-respected by his classmates for always thinking before speaking while remaining thoughtful towards everyone.
“Eli never asked how he could improve his grade, but rather, asked how he could continue to improve his arguments and/or fluency,” says Lonnquist.
Saslow’s award winning piece is a series in the Washington Post on families using food stamps to stock their shelves.
“I wanted to know what was happening in their lives,” say Saslow in an interview with The Washington Post.
Saslow’s empathetic attitude and deep understanding of the human condition was expressed in his writing which led to the path of winning the Pulitzer.
Heritage musicians spread holiday joy
On Saturday, December 9, select members of the Heritage Brass Choir had the opportunity to give back and spend time with Make A Wish kids at United Airlines’ annual Fantasy Flight.