The Sydney Taylor Prize
The sdy prize is an award given to students who excel in their linguistics units of study at university. This is a very prestigious award and it comes with a number of benefits for the winner including monetary prizes and the chance to be featured in Overland magazine. It is a good way to encourage students to work hard and improve their grades. In addition to the monetary awards, the winners may also receive help in finding employment upon graduation.
In the late 1970s, AJL librarian Nettie Frishman, who was a friend of Sydney Taylor’s, established an award in her honor. This award was originally called the Shirley Kravitz Children’s Book Award, and it was renamed the Sydney Taylor Book Award after the death of the beloved author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series. The award was officially recognized by AJL in June 1979 at the annual convention in honor of Sydney’s memory. Ralph Taylor, who was present at the ceremony, delivered this speech.
Since the renaming of the award, the committee has selected a winner in each category: a picture book or short informational book for Younger Readers and a novel or longer nonfiction book for Older Readers. In 1988, the committee began selecting Honor Books as well, and these titles bear a silver seal. A compilation of Notable Books (originally called Best of the Bunch) is published each year, and is available for purchase.
Rifler Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev has rejoined Natus Vincere, the Ukrainian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team that recently won IEM Cologne and earned a $200,000 first prize, a BLAST Premier Spring Final berth, and 4,000 BLAST Premier points. The 25-year-old Ukraine native will compete on the team’s roster alongside teammates Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskiy, and Denis “electroNic” Sharipov. sdy will play in place of Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov, who is still recovering from injuries. It is not yet clear how long he will remain on the roster.