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.

2013 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Scholastic Recipients

CSPA announces 2013 Scholastic Crown Awards

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 89th annual Scholastic Convention.
   This year 1,344 digital, newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2011-2012 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2013 Crown Awards Program.  All entries were judged at Columbia University from December 8-10, 2012 by the Board of Crown Judges. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.  
   This year CSPA judged digital only, print magazine, print newspaper and print yearbook as well as a new category - hybrid, a membership classified as a publication that works to combine their digital and print publications as one. While most hybrids grew from print newspapers that added digital platforms, several magazines became hybrids too.
   CSPA created the hybrid membership as a response to publications moving from print to pixels.
   For this first year of hybrids, as the board of judges examined the publications, they found some publications were still stronger as either print or digital. They chose to move these publications into one category or the other. This gave the staffs an opportunity not to be penalized for their attempt to combine their print and digital production.  Finalists are winners, not nominees. Each finalist received either a Gold or Silver Crown at the award ceremony. There will be no further judging.
   The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown recipients took place during the 89th Scholastic Convention, on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City.
   Edmund J. Sullivan, executive director of the CSPA, presented plaques to those winners attending the Convention. Remaining awards will be mailed beginning April 1st.
   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: Jenny Dial, Houston Chronicle Assistant Sports Editor; Houston, TX; Nancy Hastings, retired adviser, Highland, IN; Sean Kelly, visual journalist and illustrator, Fairfield, CT; Mark Murray, coordinator of technology systems, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, TX; Cheryl Pell retired journalism professor, East Lansing, MI; Jessica Rodriguez, multi-media editor, Union City, NJ; Randy Stano, professor, University of Miami, Miami, FL; C. Bruce Watterson, education consultant, Rome, GA; Randy Yeip, graphics editor, New York, NY; Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.


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High School Digital Publication Gold Crowns, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, MO;
The Feather Online, Fresno Christian High School, Fresno, CA;
The Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA;
The Rider Online, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
Wayland Student Press Network, Wayland High School, Wayland, MA.

High School Hybrid Publication Gold Crowns

Harbinger |, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
High Tide |, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
HiLite |, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Silver Chips |, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Springs, MD;
The Boiling Point |, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Royal News |, Prince George High School, Prince George, VA;
The Viking |, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Tiger Times |, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX.

Middle School Magazine Gold Crowns

Collage 2012, Charles E Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
Intermedia, Lewis F Cole Middle School, Fort Lee, NJ.

High School Magazine Gold Crowns

Calliope, St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, TN;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Creations, Warren Township High School, Gurnee, IL;
Itinerary, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Maret Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, Maret School, Washington, DC;
Phantasm, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL;
Reflections, Cistercian Preparatory School, Irving, TX;
Savrola, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, TX;
Spectator, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD;
The Marque, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Threshold, North Forsyth High School, Cumming, GA;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX.

Middle School Newspaper Gold Crown

The ‘Stang Express, North Shore Middle School, Houston, TX.

High School Newspaper Gold Crowns

CS Press, Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ;
El Estoque, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA;
Globe Newsmagazine, Clayton High School, Clayton, MO;
North Star, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO;
Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
Spark, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
The Echo, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, MN;
The Edge, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Fourcast, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
The Granite Bay Gazette, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA;
The ReMarker, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Standard, The American School in London, London, UK;
The Triangle, Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN.

Middle School Yearbook Gold Crowns

Jamboree, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, CA;
Lion’s Den, Warren E. Hyde Middle School, Cupertino, CA;
Polaris, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ;
Prowler, Pioneer Middle School, Tustin, CA;
Stampede, Maize South Middle School, Wichita, KS;
The Prowl, Powell Middle School, Littleton, CO;
The Scrapbook, Westfield Middle School, Westfield, IN;
The Surfer, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, CA.

High School Yearbook Gold Crowns

El Paisano, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
Esprit de Corps, Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township, MI;
Etruscan, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL;
Fentonian, Fenton High School, Fenton, MI;
Hornet, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR;
Laconian, Salem High School, Salem, VA;
Marksmen, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Nugget, Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA;
Rampages, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA;
Reflections, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC;
Replay, Rouse High School, Leander, TX;
Saga, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA;
The Buzzer, Brookville High School, Lynchburg, VA;
The Carillon, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA;
The Clan, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Hawk, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Image, Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta, CA;
The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
Titanian, San Marino High School, San Marino, CA;
Titanium, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA;
Westwind, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC;
Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, CA;
Wingspan, James Enochs High School, Modesto, CA.

High School Digital Publication Silver Crowns

Achona, Academy Of The Holy Names, Tampa, FL;, Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN;
Inklings News Online, Staples High School, Westport, CT;
The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Pride Online, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX.

High School Hybrid Publication Silver Crowns

Spartan News Network |, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL;
The Chronicle |, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
The Circuit |, Cypress Bay High School, Weston, FL;
The Eye |, Singapore American School, Singapore;
The Kirkwood Call |, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
The Patriot |, John Carroll School, Bel Air, MD;
The Spoke |, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA;
The Winged Post |, The Harker Upper School, San Jose, CA.

Middle School Magazine Silver Crowns

Bear Tracks, Roy W Brown Middle School, Bergenfield, NJ;
Out of Uniform, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY.

High School Magazine Silver Crowns

Artistic License, American International School of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China;
Avalon, Centennial High School, Roswell, GA;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Delphi, Salem High School, Salem, VA;
Earthwinds, Jackson Preparatory School, Jackson, MS;
EDDA, Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor, IL;
Feedback, Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia;
H Magazine, Horizon High School, Scottsdale, AZ;
Nexus, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, GA
Painted Words, North Brunswick Township High School, North Brunswick, NJ;
Perspectives, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT;
Pulp, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Midland, PA;
Pulp, Thomas Wootton High School, Rockville, MD;
Rapier, Marist School, Atlanta, GA;
Seven-Eighths Under Water, Chico High School, Chico, CA;
The Edge, Edgewood Junior/Senior High School, Merritt Island, FL;
The Living Hand, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC;
The Overland Scout, Overland High School, Aurora, CO;
The Pendulum, St. Luke’s School, New Canaan, CT;
The Vision, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY.

High School Newspaper Silver Crowns

Crier, Munster High School, Munster, IN;
Eagle Edition, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
H2N, Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA;
Hoofprint, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
Inklings, Staples High School, Westport, CT;
Paladin, Kapaun Mt. Carmel School, Wichita, KS;
Prospective, Bryant High School, Bryant, AR;
Stampede, Burges High School, El Paso, TX;
The A-Blast, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA;
The Chronicle, Franklin High School, El Paso, TX;
The Chronicle, Mason High School, Mason, OH;
The Crimson Record, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
The Epic, Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA;
The Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, TX;
The Muse, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
The Nexus, Westview High School, San Diego, CA;
The Octagon, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, CA;
The Pacer, Rolling Meadows High School, Rolling Meadows, IL;
The Prowl, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, FL;
The Purple Tide, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
Update, H.H. Dow High School, Midland, MI;
Wingspan, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC.

Middle School Yearbook Silver Crowns

Eagle Eye View, Sierra Middle School, Parker, CO;
OIS Scenario, Orinda Intermediate School, Orinda, CA;
Panther Tracks, Pleasanton Middle School, Pleasanton, CA;
Sentry, Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, VA;
The Vespa, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX.

High School Yearbook Silver Crowns

Cayuse, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
Details, Whitney High School, Rocklin, CA;
Echo, Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, MI;
Excalibur, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, MO;
Fusion, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL;t
Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
Helios, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, CA;
Hoofbeats, Burges High School, El Paso, TX;
Lion’s Roar, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN;
Munhintou, Gresham High School, Gresham, OR;
Nuntius, Altavista Combined School, Altavista, VA;
Palm Echo, Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest, FL;
Paragon, Oakton High School, Vienna, VA;
Patriot Images, Northern High School, Owings, MD;
Reata, Memorial High School, Houston, TX;
Reflections, Brighton High School, Brighton, CO;
Skjöld, Corning West High School, Painted Post, NY;
Stagecoach, Rye High School, Rye, NY;
Summit, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, CO;
Techniques, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
The Belltower, St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, Houston, TX;
The Crimson, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
The Legend, Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, VA;
The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, TX;
The Oviedian, Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Pilot, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
The Stampede, J.W. Mitchell High School, New Port Richey, FL;
The Talisman, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA;
Tiger, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
Tracks, Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg, MD;
Tukwet, Rancho Cucamonga High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA;
Volsung, Downey High School, Downey, CA.