Meet the Editors

Spotlight Date: 
September 22, 2012
The Muse

Communication Department seniors, Shawna Bilton and Dominique McKenzie are taking the reigns as The Muse Editors-In-Chief.   Both Shawna and Dominique have been on The Muse staff for the past two years and look forward to an exciting year with new staffers, fresh ideas and an updated website.

Meet Shawna
Ms. Bilton is a Posse Scholar nominee and a very active student at Dreyfoos.  She is president of the National Honor Society, president of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society, recording secretary of the Senior Class Council, debate team captain, co-founder of the Dreyfoos chapter of the charity Becca's Closet, and member of Key Club. Additionally, she is a board member of the Communications Honor Society, member of the Science National Honor Society and actively involved in many clubs.

In her spare time she has attended several summer programs in science and community service programs. For the past 2 years she has attended the National Scholastic Press Association sponsored journalism convention and plans on attending this years convention in San Antonio, Texas. This 3 day convention provides seminars on writing, photography, editing and layout.

When asked about what it takes to be a good Editor-In-Chief she said “An excellent editor must be kind and considerate, a good leader, and passionate about The Muse”.

Meet Dominique
Ms. McKenzie has found a true passion for journalism, something she feels is vital to being a good editor.  In addition to passion Shawna believes that in order to be a great Editor-In-Chief, “you have to have both leadership abilities and a passion for journalism. The Muse is a full time commitment”. 

In addition to her full time commitment at The Muse she is the Vice President of the Debate team, Treasurer for National Honor Society, Board Member for the Communication Honor Society and participates in numerous activities outside of school as well. 

She plans on studying both Communication and Political Science when she goes to college next fall.  She has dedicated her summer months to college prep by studying for the ACT and taking college tours at both Columbia and NYU.  Hopefully all this hard work will pay off as she is applying Early Decision to Columbia University in New York City.

The first issue of this year’s Muse will be going to press on October 4th be sure to get yourself a copy.

The Muse is a national award-winning newsmagazine.  The publication has won numerous awards from the National Scholastic Press Association including Pacemaker in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012.  In 2012, The Muse won First Place General Excellence Newspaper from the Palm Beach Post Excellence in High School Journalism Awards.  This publication, and all six issues produced, is completely funded and created by its staff, advertisers and donors.  Over 1,300 students and a multitude of in-state and out-of-state subscribers receive copies of the magazine annually.  All aspects of the magazine from the cover to the Exposure on the back page are written and designed by the students.  There are 43 staffers, grades 10-12, from the communications department (and cartoonists from the visual department) who work during and after school to make this publication possible.  The Muse staffers would like to thank School of the Arts Foundation board members Lisa Marie Browne, Ralph Guild and Don Silpe for contributing generously to the 2011-2012 issues of The Muse.  Their donations are greatly appreciated by everyone on this staff.  Please visit for more information.

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