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Bigger budget, bigger book

Oracle editor Madison Murphy proudly holds the sign that indicates Monday meetings.

Oracle editor Madison Murphy proudly holds the sign that indicates Monday meetings.

Drew Jackson

Oracle editor Madison Murphy proudly holds the sign that indicates Monday meetings.

Drew Jackson

Drew Jackson

Oracle editor Madison Murphy proudly holds the sign that indicates Monday meetings.

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The Oracle is Osceola’s literary magazine, which was established in 1981 and is still being published today. The Oracle was founded by Mr. Stewart, and the magazine contains dozens of literary works of differing genres and subjects.

This year the Oracle has new advisors:  Dr. Herzhauser and Mr. LoCascio. “I will be overseeing the layout, design, cover art, and production of the magazine, while Mrs. Herzhauser will overseeing the editorial content. The senior editors include Drew Jackson and Thomas France,” said art teacher LoCascio.

Plans to expand the Oracle are underway. “We are preparing to create a much larger magazine. The budget for the Oracle is much larger this year; therefore, it will feature many more pages of student writing and artwork,” said LoCascio.

The Oracle has won many awards for its creative student artwork, gripping short stories, and compelling poems.
Each year the staff carefully considers submissions of writing and artwork from students. According to Dr. Herzhauser, “This is a serious consideration that takes several readings and discussions over the work. Final review is determined by the editors and selection staff. Each piece is read multiple times in a blind submission process; therefore, no bias will taint the decisions.”

The staff has a deadline sometime around April so that they are able to sell and distribute the magazine to students. If students would like to submit to the Oracle, they may leave hard copies of written work in room 501 anytime until February of 2016.
Oracle meetings are in room 501 on Mondays after school. Students who may be interested in joining the Oracle editorial and layout staff should see either Mr. Locascio or Dr. Herzhauser. Layout staff meetings, which have not begun yet, will be on Tuesdays after school in room 151, at the same time as the Art Club meetings.

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