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 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Scholastic Recipients

CSPA presents the 2009 Scholastic Crown Awards

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 85th annual Scholastic Convention.

This year 1,795 magazines, newspapers, yearbooks and online publications of the current CSPA members were eligible to enter the Crown Awards. Judging for printed publications took place at Columbia University from December 13-15, 2008 by the Board of Crown Judges. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Online news media were judged at Columbia in February 2009.

Nine magazines, 20 newspapers, four online newspapers, and 13 yearbooks received Gold Crown Awards while 62 other 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 20th 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, educator and consultant, (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 30th.

The 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 a program affliated 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, Cigar Aficionado magazine, New York, NY; Peter Bobkowski, instructor and former adviser, Chapel Hill, NC; Bobby Hawthorne, author and former director of ILPC, Austin, TX; Monica Hill, director, North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, Chapel Hill, NC; Jennifer Johnson Hicks, online editor, (Wall Street Journal online), New York, NY; Dave Johnson, instructor and author, New York, NY; Mark Murray, coordinator of technology systems, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX; C. Bruce Watterson, educator and consultant, Rome, GA; and David Wiegand, retired adviser, Wausau, WI. (Individual affiliations of the members of the judging panel are for identification purposes only.)

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.

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Middle School Gold Magazine

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

Middle School Gold Newspaper

The Daytime, F.A. Day Middle School, Newtonville, MA.

Middle School Gold Yearbooks

Sentry, Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, VA;
The Lariat, Del Webb Middle School, Henderson, NV;
The Surfer, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, CA.

High School Gold Magazines

Dark as Day, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA;
Fine Lines, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, MD;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
Journal of Biology, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY;
Maret Literary and Visual Arts, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Parallax, Ramaz Upper School, New York, NY;
Philomel, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY;
Riverbend Review, Ben Franklin High School, New Orleans, LA.

High School Gold Newspapers

Blue & Gold, Findlay High School, Findlay, OH;
El Estoque, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA;
HiLite, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Silver Chips, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD;
Spark, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
The A-Blast, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA;
The Bulletin, El Toro High School, Lake Forest, CA;
The Chronicle, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, CA;
The Connection, John B. Connally High School, Austin, TX;
The Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
The Gazette, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
The Lion’s Tale, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, TX;
The Nexus, Westview High School, San Diego, CA;
The Orange & Black, Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction, CO;
The ReMarker, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Rock, Rock Bridge Senior High School, Columbia, MO;
The Saratoga Falcon, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA.

High School Gold Digital Newspapers

The Paly Voice Online, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Saratoga Falcon Online, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA;
The Spoke Online, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA;
Wayland Student Press Online, Wayland High School, Wayland, MA.


High School Gold Yearbooks

Carillon, Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX;
Fentonian, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
Hoofbeats, Burges High School, El Paso, TX;
Marksmen, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Nexus, Inland Lakes High School, Indian River, MI;
Pinnacle, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
The Belltower, St. Thomas Episcopal School, Houston, TX;
The Bronco, McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney, TX;
Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, CA.

Middle School Silver Magazines

Doorways, East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT;
Young Writers, Atlantic Middle School, Quincy, MA.


Middle School Silver Newspapers

Blue and White, Roosevelt Junior High, Altoona, PA.

Middle School Silver Yearbooks

Eagle, Maize South Middle School, Wichita, KS;
Hartbeat, Thomas Hart Middle School, Pleasanton, CA;
The Viking Voyager, Butler Junior High School, Oak Brook, IL;
Verkana, Komachin Middle School, Lacey, WA.


High School Silver Magazines

Blue Review, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA;
Chips, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, MD;
Echo, Wooster School, Danbury, CT;
Etcetera, James River High School, Midlothian, VA;
Ethos, Oxford High School, Oxford, MS;
Euantes, George Washington High School, Danville, VA;
Impressions Magazine, Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY;
Math Mag, SAR High School, Bronx, NY;
Pegasus, Pingree School, South Hamilton, MA;
Reflections, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD.

High School Silver Newspapers

Arrow, Utica High School, Utica, MI;
Black & White, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD;
Catamount, Rancho Cotate High School, Rohnert Park, CA;
Central Stampede, Portage Central High School, Portage, MI;
Crossfire, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA;
Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
Newtonite, Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA;
Nighthawk News, First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills, NC;
North Star, Francis Howell North High School, Saint Charles, MO;
Panther Pride, Midlothian High School, Midlothian, TX;
Rank and File, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA;
The Bagpipe, Highland Park High School, Dallas, TX;
The Blake Beat, James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring, MD;
The Bulldog Print, Yavneh Academy of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
The Chronicle, Franklin High School, El Paso, TX;
The Circuit, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, FL;
The Lance, Omaha Westside High School, Omaha, NE;
The Liberator, Liberal Arts and Science, Academy High School, Austin, TX;
The Prowl, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, FL;
The Rock, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
The Update, H.H. Dow High School, Midland, MI;
The X-Ray, St. Charles East High School, St. Charles, IL;
Tribal Tribune, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, SC;
U-High Midway, University High School, Chicago, IL.

High School Silver Digital Newspapers

Oakton Outlook Online, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA;
The Feather Online, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, CA;
The Rockville Rampage, Rockville High School, Rockville, MD.


High School Silver Yearbooks

Chestnut Burr, Middletown High School, Middletown, MD;
Chieftain, West High School, Torrance, CA;
Decamhian, Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks, CA;
Details, Whitney High School, Rocklin, CA;
Hawk, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS;
Legend, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, FL;
Reflections, McKinney North High School, McKinney, TX;
Roundup, Great Falls High School, Great Falls, MT;
Summit, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, CO;
Teresian, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, MO;
The Deer, Deer Park High School, Deer Park, TX;
The Eye, Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose, CA;
The Hornet, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR;
The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, TX;
The Pilot, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
Tonitrus, Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA;
Westwind, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC.