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.

2016 - Awards For Student Work Gold Circle Awards - Collegiate Recipients

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announces the winners from its 33rd Gold Circle Awards program. For yearbooks and digital media categories this year attracted 4,232 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States.

Entries were accepted from student yearbooks and digital media publications published from October 11, 2014 through October 13, 2015. Student journalists working on these print or electronic media chose from 42 yearbook categories and 50 digital media categories for individual or staff entries.

Judges cited a total of 506 winners for either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category. Entry categories included those for yearbooks and for digital (online) media, in its annual competition for individual achievement by student writers, editors, designers and photographers.

 

Newspapers

These awards reflect entries produced between June 11, 2015 through June 10, 2016. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are given, they are known as the 2016 Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers. These will be judged and awarded in the fall.
 

Magazines

These awards reflect entries produced betweenJune 11, 2015 through June 10, 2016. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are given, they are known as the 2016 Gold Circle Awards for Magazines. These will be judged and awarded in the fall.


Yearbooks

These awards reflect entries produced between October 11, 2014 through October 13, 2015. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are given, they are known as the 2016 Gold Circle Awards for Yearbooks.

Y1. Student life feature writing
1. Samantha Schmidt, “Caught in the Gray Zone,” Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Staff, “The Sunday After,” Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
3. Megan Jula, “When Students Die,” Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Y2. Sports reporting,
1. Brady Vardeman, “Dreary Season Sparks Hope,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
2. Torie Abbott, “Undisputed Champs,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
3. Abby Belknar, “Way of Life,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Y3. Sports feature writing
1. Michael Hughes, “Stepping up to Bat,” Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Brady Vardeman, “Finding a New Normal,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
3. Norah Garcon and Emily Eidelman, “The Only Quarterback for U,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y4. Academic writing
1. Charelle Thomas, “Distinguished within Rawls,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
2. Kymbre Kupatt, “Engineering Abroad,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Y5. Organization/Greek writing
1. Ali Klima, “SAE Chant Coverage,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
2. Torie Abbott, “Adventure is Out There,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
3. Davian Hopkins, “Tradition with a Ring to It,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Y6. Personality profile
1. Helen Gibson, “Comeback Kid,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
2. Sarah Zinn and Evan Hoopfer, “Karlijn Keijzer Remembered,” Arbutus, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
3. Jeni Swope, “Jordan Lynch & Orchid,” The Griffon, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO.

Y7. Sidebar writing
1. Ashley McBride, “Holi Hues,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y8. Headline writing,
1. Alize Ramirez, “Working Around,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y9. Caption/cutline writing,
1. Staff, “Something Unexpected, the Unheard, Norman Music Festival,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Y10. Theme and concept,
1. Sydny Shepard, “Baylor Roundup: Expand,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Y11. Cover design
1. Aly Smith, “The Bubble,” The Ouachitonian, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR.

Y12. End sheets
1. Holly Bensur and Sera Takata, Ibis, Univeristy of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y13. Title page,
1. Holly Bensur and Nick Gangemi, Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y14. Table of contents,
1. Holly Bensur, Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y15. Sports action photo
1. Nick Wagner, “Steeple Chase,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
2. Maddie Vosburgh, “Dreary Season Sparks Hope,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
3. Constance Atton, “Heads Up,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Y16. Sports feature photo
1., Sean Cummings, “A New Tradition,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
2. Emily De Santos, “Omah-Awe,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
3. Holly Bensur, “Doubling Up,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y17. Academic photo
1. Ari Bennett, “Helping Hand,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y18. Feature photo
1. Cory Ewing, “Ice Bucket Challenge,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
2. Duncan Stanley, “Tuba Twist,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
3. Brian Powers, “Doughty,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
CM. Kirby Crumpler, “Pitbull,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
CM. Duncan Stanley, “Bonfire Scorpion,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
CM. Sean Cummings, “The Unheard,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Y19. Advertising photo
No awards given in this category.

Y20. Photo portfolio
1. Ryan Parry, “Bookstacks,” Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
2. Caide Wooten, “Tran Pottery,” Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
3. Kristi Townsend, “Mischael Cetoute,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y21. Single photo illustration image
1. Hannah Melster and Michelle Lock, “Pinterest Living,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Kristi Townsend and Michelle Lock, “Spelling B-E-E,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
3. Duncan Stanley, “Out of Bounds,” La Ventana, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

Y22. Feature presentation
1. Staff, “Grow,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
2. Staff, “Homecoming,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
3. Emily Russ, Holly Bensur and Ashley McBride, “Holi Hues & Culturas de Miami,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y23. Index
1. Staff, “Index,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y24. Single informational graphics
1. Emily Russ, “Best of Academics,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Holly Bensur, Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
3. Sera Takata and Holly Bensur, “Campus Construction,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y25. Informational graphics portfolio
1. Staff, “Best of Academics,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y26. Opening and closing spread design
1. Mason Cullen, “One for all,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Y27. Division page design
1. Aly Smith, “The Bubble,” The Ouachitonian, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR.

Y28. Student life spread
1. Michelle Lock and Holly Bensur, “Once upon a Tinder,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Michelle Lock, “Spelling B-E-E,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
3. Holly Bensur, “A Guide to Surviving FSU,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y29. Student life spread multi-page presentation
1. Holly Bensur and Michelle Lock, “The Shalala Years,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Stephanie Miles, “Homecoming,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
3. Michelle Lock and Sera Takata, “Homecoming,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;

Y30. Sports spread
1. Emily Russ and Michelle Lock, “Dive Right In,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Staff, “Football,” Le Souvenir, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA;
3. Marcus Maurer, “Be the Standard,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Y31. Sports page multi-page presentation
1. Sera Takata, “The Only Quarterback for U,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y32. Academic spread
1. Emily Eidelman and Michelle Lock, “A Broader Education,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Emily Russ, “Best of Academics,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
3. Holly Bensur, “Sink or Swim,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y33. Academic spread multi-page presentation
1. Josh Beal and Deron Millay, “Robots in Tights,” Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

Y34. People spread with mug photos
1. Staff, “Spring Graduates,” Le Souvenir, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.

Y35. People spread with mug photos multi-page presentation
1. Staff, “Spring Commencement,” Le Souvenir, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.

Y36. People spreads without mug photos
1. Holly Bensur, “Senior Spotlights,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y37. People spreads without mug photos multi-page presentation
1. Michelle Lock, “Senior Spotlights,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y38. Single advertisement layout
1. Claudia Fernandez, “Congratulations Chris,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y39. Advertising layout
1. Claudia Fernandez, “Parent Ads,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Y40. Organization or Greeks spread
1. Sera Takata, “Under the Sea Mammals,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
2. Emily Russ, “Breaking Borders,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
3. Aly Smith and Robert DeSoto, “Just Kids at Heart,” The Ouachitonian, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR.

Y41. Organization or Greeks spread multi-page presentation
1. Staff, “SAE Chant Coverage,” Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Y42. Design portfolio
1. Holly Bensur, “Holly Bensur Design Portfolio,” Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

 

Digital Media

These awards reflect entries produced between October 11, 2014 through October 13, 2015. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are given, they are known as the 2016 Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media.

DM1. Breaking news
1. Megan Jula, “Women Sentenced to 20 years for Aborting and Discarding Baby,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Christopher Stephens, “Ball State Professor, Wife’s Injuiries Limited,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
3. Michael Majchrowicz, “Gov. Pence Signs RFRA Fix,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM2. Secondary coverage
1. Staff, “The Sunday After,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM3. News writing
1. Anthony Lombardi, “Delaware County’s Struggle with Meth,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
2. Gabriel Sandoval and Nicholas Baltz, “Former Sun Photographer Impersonated Police Chief,” The Sun | theswcsun.com, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
3. Chris Gordon, “’Mega Parties’ Spur Discussion of Student Safety, Reputation,” The Rocket, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.

DM4. News feature
1. Megan Jula, James Benedict & Kathrine Schulz, “Waiting for Help,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM5. In-depth news/feature story
1. Anthony Lombardi, “Delaware County’s Struggle with Meth,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
2. Mary Kathrine Wildeman and Anna Boone, “Healing and Punishment,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
3. Samanta Schmidt, Matthew Bloom & Lacey Hoopengardner, “Caught in the Gray Zone,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM6. Editorial writing
1. Brandon Pena, “Safeguarding Freedom of Expression is Essential,” The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

DM7. On-campus personal opinion issue
1. Jackie Yang, “Drugs, All-Nighters Prove Detrimental to Finals Preparation,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM8. Off-campus personal opinion issue
1. Ash Jackson, “A Fear I Never Knew I’d Have,” The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
2. Leah Johnson, Abby Llorico & Ben Mikesell, “The Color of Conscience,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
3. Anna Wright, “Wrinkles, Gray Hair and Mortar Board,” The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

DM9. General or humor commentary
1. Rebecca Alberico and Joshua Del Rosario, “Femvertising,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM10. First person experience
1. Lyndsay Jones, “I’m Not Afraid to Tell My Story,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM11. Sports commentary
1. Dakota Crawford, “Full-Court Press: University of Alabama at Birmingham,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM12. Sports news
1. Robby General, “Ball State Pockets $1.2 Million,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM13. Sports features
1. Evan Hoopfer and Ben Mikesell, “Sold, Not Told,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Dakota Crawford, “’Grown-Man Decision’,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM14. Personality profile
1. Alden Woods, Ike Hajinzarian & Anna Boone, “House of the Love Dog,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Michael Majchrowicz and Ben Mikesell, “The Guardian,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
3. Emily Cunningham, “The Bearded Biker of Burkhardt,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM15. General feature
1. Alden Woods, “Last Call at Joker’s Wild,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
2. Danielle Grady and Dara Metcalfe, “Straight Outta Muncie,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
3. Sheman Hewitt and Lyssa Goldberg, “Digital Dating Sparks Relationships, One Swipe at a Time,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM16. Entertainment reviews
1. Scott Russell, “Swimming in ‘Sound and Color’: Alabama Shakes Come Up Aces,” The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
2. Anna Bowman, “Film Annalysis: Nolan Creates Groundbreaking Film with ‘Interstellar’,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
3. Kevin Nwankwo and Erfan Al-Keilani, “Capturing the Cinema Experience on 4K TV,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM17. Fiction
No awards given in this category

DM18. Essays
No awards given in this category.

DM19. Humor
1. Brandon Carusillo and Yili Wu, “8 Ways The United States Would Change if Kanye West Became President,” DistractionMagazine.com, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM20. Non-fiction article
1. William Riggin, “Coral Gables Police Houses Military-Grade Weapons,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM21. Non-fiction interview
1. John Samuels, “Crews Eskape Reality,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM22. Non-fiction column
1. Jonathon Platt, “What Makes a Journalist,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM23. Headline writing
No awards given in this category.

DM24. Caption writing
No awards given in this category.

DM25. Briefs writing
No awards given in this category.

DM26. Single spot news photograph
1. Kara Berg, “Candle-Lit Vigil,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM27. Single feature photograph
1. Emma Rogers, “Pretty in Pink,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
2. Bianca Quilantan, “Buscamos Empleados: Day Laborers Search for Work,” The Sun | theswcsun.com, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
3. Breanna Daugherty, “Lynyrd Skynyrd,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM28. Single sports photograph
1. Alex Mowrey, “Rock Football Blown Out in Big House Battle,” The Rocket, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA;
2. Nick Gangemi, “Winning Streak Winds Down,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
3. Rebecca Dietrich, “Rock Women’s Soccer Senior Places in Fall Top 10,” The Rocket, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA;
CM. Skye Duncan, “Antwan Goodley First Down,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
CM. Breanna Daughtery, “Football vs. Toledo,” Ball State Daily News, Baylor University, Muncie, IN;
CM. Breanna Daughtery, “Gymnastics vs. Western Michigan,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM29. Photography Portfolio of work
1. Allison Terry, The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX;
2. Luanne Demeo, The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA;
3. Karli Evans, DistractionMagazine.com, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM30. Photo illustration
1. Staff, “Savor Global Flavors,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM31. Hand-drawn art/illustration
1. Mercer Suppinger, “A Racial Time Bomb,” Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

DM32. Computer generated art/illustration
1. Michelle Brenner, “Survive the Lines,” DistractionMagazine.com, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM33. Editorial cartoons
1. Anderson Carman, “Fish Head: Trump is Trolling…’” The Connector, SCAD Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

DM34. Sports cartoons
No awards given in this category.

DM35. Comic cartoons
1. Amanda Beard, “Cyclops and Daredevil Go to the Eye Doctor Cartoon,” The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.

DM36. Informational graphics
1. Joshua Del Rosario and Erfan Al-Keilani, , Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM37. Typography: overall look of the entire website
1. Ian McDougald, Christina Gomga & William Burden, “Emerge 2015 Home & Femvertising & Hockey,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM38. Advertisement
1. Staff, “Emerge Conference 2015,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON.

DM39. News online design website
1. Staff, “Baylorlariat.com,” Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM40. Magazine online design website
1. Taylor Griffin and Hannah Weumann, “Focus Magazine,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM41. Yearbook overall design website
No awards given in this category.

DM42. Photo slideshow
1. Constance Atton, “This Land,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
2. Travis Taylor, “You Should’ve Seen it in Color,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
3. Nick Gangemi and Eddie Sanchez, “Front Row at Ultra Music Festival Opening Night,” The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

DM43. Photo and audio slideshow
1. Rae Jefferson, “Vessel,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM44. Podcast
1. Jeffrey Swindoll and Joshua Davis, “Don’t Feed the Bears: Taylor Young Returns,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM45. Interactive graphic
1. Aidan Feay, “What Time is Your Final,” Ball State Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

DM46., Video commercial
No awards given in this category.

DM47. Video PSA
No awards given in this catergory.

DM48. Video news Package
1. Alexa Brackin, “College Game Day,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

DM49. Video feature package
1. Jeni Swope, “The Pirates of Penzance,” The Griffon, Missouri Western State University, St Joseph, MO;
2. Alexa Brackin, “The Justin Sports Medicine Team,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
3. Leah Won-Morales and Paul Tristan, “Hawks Remark on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’,” The Signal, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX;
CM. Alexa Brackin, Jonathon Platt & Madison Miller, “Gaitway to the Good Life,” baylorlariat.com, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
CM. Adriana Heldiz, “Tim Nader’s Top Five Reasons for Riding the Trolley,” The Sun | theswcsun.com, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA;
CM. Sarah Self-Walbrick and Anibal Galimoo, “Ajax the Campaign Dog: ‘Woof’,” The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

DM50. Video documentary
1. Jesse Espana, Mark Onufer & Mat Torresano, “Toronto’s Night Life: Last Call Parts 1 & 2,” Emerge Magazine, University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON;
2. Allison Terry, Dale Tice & Quint Brantley, “Students, Lubbockites Reveal Meaning Behind Body Art,” The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.

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