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.

2008 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Scholastic Recipients

CSPA presents the 2008 Scholastic Crown Awards

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 84th annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Of the 1,888 current CSPA members eligible to enter the Crown Awards, 1,355 magazines, newspapers and yearbooks actually submitted copies for this particular judging. Judging took place at Columbia University from December 8-11, 2007 by the Board of Crown Judges. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, concept, photography, art and graphics.

Thirteen newspapers, nine magazines, and 11 yearbooks received Gold Crown Awards while 65 other scholastic publications received the second highest CSPA award, known as the Silver Crown. Gold Crowns have been presented annually since 1982, and Silver Crowns have been given since 1984.

The Awards Convocation took place in the Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, located at Columbia’s historic Morningside Heights campus, on Friday, March 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Edmund J. Sullivan announced the winners while C. Bruce Watterson presented plaques to those winners attending the event. Sullivan is executive director of professional prizes at the Graduate School of Journalism and executive director of the CSPA. Watterson, chief communications officer at Darlington School, (Rome, GA) is chair of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association’s (CSPAA) Committee on Judging Standards and Practices. Remaining awards will be mailed to winners beginning March 31st.

CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs. Owned by Columbia University since 1925 and operated as an academic program associated with its Graduate School of Journalism, the Association offers three major services: 1) annual competitions and awards for members, including the Crown Awards, 2) planning two conventions (one national, one regional) and a week-long summer workshop at Columbia, plus 3) small press publishing activities to support an e-zine and one to two books per year.

The judging panel included: Leah Bailey, associate art director at Cigar Aficionado magazine, New York, NY; Jennifer Dial, sports writer and online reporter, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX; Bobby Hawthorne, author and former director of the Interscholastic Press League Conference, Austin, TX; Monica Hill, director of the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Mark Murray, coordinator of technology systems, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX; C. Bruce Watterson, chair of CSPAA Judging Standards and Practices, chief communications officer at the Darlington School, Rome, GA; and David Wiegand, retired adviser, Wausau, WI.

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.


Middle School/Junior High Gold Crown Magazines

Enlight’ning, Harker Middle School, San Jose, CA.

Middle School/Junior High Silver Crown Magazines

Illusions, Grand Avenue Middle School, Bellmore, NY;
Intermedia, Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee, NJ;
Young Writers, Atlantic Middle School, Quincy, MA.


Middle School/Junior High Gold Crown Newspapers

The Daytime, F.A. Day Middle School, Newtonville, MA;
The Roar, West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, Melbourne, FL.


Middle School/Junior High Silver Crown Newspapers

Blue and White, Roosevelt Jr. High School, Altoona, PA.

Middle School/Junior High Gold Crown Yearbooks

Prowler, Pioneer Middle School, Tustin, CA;
Sentry, Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, VA;
The Surfer, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, CA;
The Torch, Liberty Middle School, Clifton, VA.


Middle School/Junior High Silver Crown Yearbooks

Eagle, Maize South Middle School, Wichita, KS;
Panther Pride, Lawton Chiles Middle School, Oviedo, FL;
Stampede, North Shore Middle School, Houston, TX;
The Patriot, Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton, CA;
The Viking Voyager, Butler Junior High School, Oak Brook, IL.


High School Gold Crown Magazines

Chasms, Copper Hills High School, West Jordan, UT;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
Ethos, Oxford High School, Oxford, MS;
Molten Art, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, VA;
Montage, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
Philomel, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY;
Reflections, Cistercian Preparatory School, Irving, TX.


High School Silver Crown Magazines

Andromeda, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
Etymology, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica, CA;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
Rapier, Marist School, Atlanta, GA;
Riverbend Review, Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA;
Sunset, Marymount High School, Los Angeles, CA;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX.

High School Gold Crown Newspapers

Chronicle, Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood, CA;
El Estoque, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA;
Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD;
The A-Blast, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA;
The Connection, John B Connally High School, Austin, TX;
The Crusader, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson, AZ;
The Eagle Edition, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
The Gazette, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
The Red & Blue, Reno High School, Reno, NV;
The ReMarker, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Update, H. H. Dow High School, Midland, MI.


High School Silver Crown Newspapers

Blue & Gold, Findlay High School, Findlay, OH;
Campanile, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Crossfire: The Students’ Voice, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica, CA;
High Tide, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
Hi-lights, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, FL;
Munsonian, Muncie Central High School, Muncie, IN;
Newtonite, Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA;
Nighthawk News, First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills, NC;
Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
Revolution, Freedom High School, Tampa, FL;
The Apple Leaf, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA;
The Bagpipe, Highland Park High School, Dallas, TX;
The Central Times
, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL;
The Chronicle, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Evergreen, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
The Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
The Highlander, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Liberator, Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Austin, TX;
The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Orange & Black, Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction, CO;
The Rock, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO;
The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA;
Tribal Tribune, Wando High School, Mt Pleasant, SC.


High School Gold Crown Yearbooks

Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
Log, Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN;
Spiritus, Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA;
The Belltower, St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, Houston, TX
The Dragon, Johnston High School, Johnston, IA;
Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, CA.


High School Silver Crown Yearbooks

Carillon, Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX;
Cayuse, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
Chieftain, West High School, Torrance, CA;
Details, Whitney High School, Rocklin, CA;
Excalibur, Francis Howell North High School, St Charles, MO;
Falcon, Glendale High School, Springfield, MO;
Fentonian, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
Governor, John B Connally High School, Austin, TX;
Hawk, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS;
La Vista, Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ;
Laconian, Salem High School, Salem, VA;
Legend, William R Boone High School, Orlando, FL;
Mnemosyne, Northview High School, Duluth, GA;
Prowler, Millard West High School, Omaha, NE;
Rampages, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA;
Resumé, George Walton Academy, Monroe, GA;
Roundup, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, MT;
Safari, North Allegheny High School, Wexford, PA;
The Hornet, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR;
The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, TX;
The Stampede, J.W. Mitchell High School, New Port Richey, FL;
The Tiger, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
Triune, Trinity High School, Euless, TX.