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.

Yearbook 2017 Crown Finalists Announced


Second of 2017 Crown Finalists Announced

CSPA Selects Crown Award Finalists for Yearbook Publications

This is the third of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2017 Awards
(Click here to read the first announcement of Crown Finalists for Magazines.)
(Click here to read the second announcement of Crown Finalists for News.)

Sixty-eight print yearbooks and four hybrid yearbooks were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City.  The news publications were published during the 2015-16 academic year.

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all-eligible.  During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,190 publications were eligible for judging.

Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2017.

The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition.

Medalist Critiques are released on a rolling basis as completed while Crown Awards and Gold Circles are judged following seasonal deadlines in June and October. For example, Gold Circle Awards for news and magazines were released September 28 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 12 Their judging and release will be completed in February.

“We’ve changed the timing of our Crown Awards judging,” said Edmund Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director. “Magazines were judged first, to be followed by print and hybrid newspapers, then yearbooks in October and finally, digital (online) news sites in November.”  Announcements of Finalists will follow each judging with the full list complete by mid-November.

The Crown Awards require a different judging process from the CSPA’s Medalist Critiques. Regular CSPA members are invited to submit a second copy of their publication for Crown judging. From among those entries submitted, the Crown Awards are considered at Columbia by panels of invited judges, working in small groups to review each publication.

Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication while Medalist Critiques compare each publication against a printed set of standards. In contrast, Medalist Critiques are the work of a single adviser-judge.

Crown Awards function as a “top-down” view of general excellence; Medalist Critiques offer a “bottom-up” perspective, noting specific strengths and weaknesses.

Middle School Yearbooks 
Eagle Eye View, Sierra Middle School, Parker, CO;
Falcon Nation, Katherine L. Albiani Middle School, Elk Grove, CA;
Farrier, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA;
Ingenium, Greenfield Junior High, Gilbert, AZ;
Jr. Appalachian, Maryville Junior High School, Maryville, TN;
Sentry, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA;
Specifics, Seven Lakes Junior High School, Katy, TX;
The Nighthawk, Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
The Prowl, Powell Middle School ,Littleton, CO;
The Roar, Gorzycki Middle School, Austin, TX;
The Scrapbook, Westfield Middle School ,Westfield, IN;
The Surfer, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, CA;
The Vespa, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX.

High School Yearbooks 
Apollo, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, VA;
Black & Gold, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
Buzzer, Brookville High School Lynchburg, VA;
Calumet, Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO;
Campus, Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, PA;
Cayuse, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
Columbian, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA;
Cornerstones, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
Crag, Turner Ashby High School ,Bridgewater, VA;
Echo, Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, MI;
El Paisano, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
Etruscan, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL;
Golden Images, Chaparral High School, Parker, CO;
Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
Hornet, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR;
Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS;
Invictus, Ward Melville High School, Setauket, NY;
Jabberwokk, Darlington School, Rome, GA;
Laconian, Salem High School Salem, VA;
Legend, Boone High School, Orlando, FL;
Lone Star, James Bowie High School, Austin, TX;
Marksmen, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Munhinotu, Gresham High School, Gresham, OR;
Panorama, Suffern High School, Suffern, NY;
Panther, H.B. Plant High School, Tampa, FL;
Rampages, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA;
Reata, Memorial High School, Houston, TX;
Reflections, Brighton High School, Brighton, CO;
Roots, Mesquite High School, Gilbert, AZ;
Sunset, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ;
Techniques, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
Tesserae, Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning, NY;
The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
The Clan, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Hawk, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Iditarod, Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, VA;
The Image, Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, CA;
The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
The Lair, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA;
The Lonestar, Vista Ridge High School, Cedar Park, TX;
The Pix, Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, AR;
The Wildcat, Harding Academy, Searcy, AR;
Tiger, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
Titanium, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA;
Trail, Overland High School Aurora, CO;
Triton, Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, CA;
Ursus, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
Westwind, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC;
Westwind, Lewis-Palmer High School Monument, CO;
Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Upper School, Redlands, CA;
Wingspan, James Enochs High School, Modesto, CA.

High School Hybrid Yearbooks 
La Vista, Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ;
Pawesehi Parkway, West High School, Ballwin, MO;
Hilsborean |, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL.

College Yearbooks 
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

College Hybrid Yearbooks 
Talisman |, Western Kentucky, University Bowling Green, KY.