Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

2009 Paschal Citation

2009 James F. Paschal Award citation for Jeanne Acton

Interscholastic League Press Conference (Texas)

We are delighted to honor Jeanne Acton with the 2009 Paschal Award, the director of journalism for the University Interscholastic League and of the Interscholastic League Press Conference for the past four years. Jeanne has devoted her life to scholastic journalism from her days as editor in chief of the national award winning Panther Prints, to her years as a newspaper, yearbook and broadcast adviser, and then as an administrator who was a strong advocate for dynamic student publications programs, Jeanne has made scholastic journalism the focus of her professional life. She directs the largest state scholastic journalism program in the nation, providing critiquing and evaluations for over 1,000 members schools.

Adviser Ray Westbrook wrote, “Jeanne has continued her passion for scholastic journalism by sending out a strong message to Texas schools— that student publications can be dynamic, exude professionalism and serve their community just as effectively and soundly as their professional counterparts. Jeanne is one of those quiet leaders, always letting the works speak for itself. She never seeks fame, publicity or glory. “

For her long-standing commitment in scholastic journalism, we are proud to present Jeanne Acton with the James Frederick Paschal Award.


This citation was written and presented by Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.