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.

2023 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Scholastic Recipients

NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announces its Crown Award Finalists.

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 805 publications were eligible for judging.

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.

Crown Finalists are actually 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.

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.

The judging panel included: Jane Blystone, retired adviser, North East, PA; Judi Coolidge, retired adviser, Avon Lake, OH; Brenda Gorsuch, retired adviser, Mills River NC; Crystal Kazmierski, retired adviser, Monrovia, CA; Kevin Lerner, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Alan Murray, president and co-founder of Uncharted, Malvern, PA; Mark Murray, executive director, ATPI, Sante Fe, NM; Linda Puntney, retired adviser, Manhattan, KS; Violet Turner, retired adviser, Chicago, IL; Chris Waugaman, professor, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA and Kathleen Zwiebel, retired adviser, Pottsville, PA.

For further information, contact the CSPA directly.



Literary Digital Magazine
The Pulse /, Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek, GA;
Xanadu /, Walt Whitman High School, Huntington Station, NY.

General Hybrid Magazine
Anthro /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
C Magazine /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
El Estoque /, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA;
On the Record /, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
The Communicator /, Community High School, Ann Arbor, MI;
The Kirkwood Call /, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
The Trinity Voice /, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL;
Verde /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Viking Magazine /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA.

Literary Hybrid Magazine
Scroll + Scrolling /, Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD;
Seeds in the Black Earth /, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
Spectator Magazine /, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, MD.

General Print Magazine
Emporio, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
Focus, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Geneva Quarterly, Geneva School of Boerne, Boerne, TX;
Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee Mission, KS;
Noteworthy, Hunter College High School, New York, NY;
Panorama, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO;
[proof], Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
Spark, Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, OH;
The Crimson Crier, Sparkman High School, Harvest, AL;
The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, TX;
The Scientific Marksman, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX.
The View, Castle View High School, Castle Rock, CO;
Wingspan, Nixa High School, Nixa, MO.

Literary Print Magazine
Amused, Miami Country Day School, Miami, FL;
Blue Review, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA;
Connotations, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, AR;
Daedalus, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT;
Ellipsis, Catonsville High School, Catonsville, MD;
Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL;
Gallimaufry, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
HELM, The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
Iliad Literary-Art Magazine, Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA;
Inkslinger, Darlington School, Rome, GA;
Iris: Art + Lit, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Saint Paul, MN;
Itinerary, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Kalliope, The Frisch School, Paramus, NJ;
Literati, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Miami, FL;
LitMag, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA;
Montage, Greenhill School, Addison, TX;
Muse, Marymount School of New York, New York, NY;
Rambunctious, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, DeWitt, NY;
Reflections, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY;
Repentino, American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico;
Roars & Whispers, Providence Senior High School, Charlotte, NC;
Solstice Art & Literary Magazine, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL;
The Lantern, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA;
The Marque, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA;
The Vision, Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY;
Vibrato, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX.

Digital News
Harker Aquila /, The Harker School, San Jose, CA;
Manual RedEye /, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY;
Mountain Echo /, Altoona Area High School, Altoona, PA;
Pathfinder /, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO;
Southwest Shadow /, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV;
Spartan News Network /, Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL;
The Gator /, Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, MA;
The Harbinger /, Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA;
The Hawk Eye /, Hebron High School, Carrollton, TX;
The Horizon /, Westwood High School, Austin, TX;
The HUB /, Davis Senior High School, Davis, CA;
The La Salle Falconer /, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, Milwaukie, OR;
The Oracle /, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA;
The Paly Voice /, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Rider Online /, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
The Round Table /, Stamford High School, Stamford, CT;
The Uproar /, North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, PA;
The Voice /, Vandegrift High School, Austin, TX;
Wayland Student Press Network /, Wayland High School, Wayland, MA;
Wingspan /, Liberty High School, Frisco, TX.

Hybrid News
Berkeley High Jacket /, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA;
Central Times /, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL;
Echo /, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, MN;
High Tide /, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
HiLite /, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN;
Hourglass /, The Baldwin School, Philadelphia, PA;
Inklings News /, Staples High School, Westport, CT;
North Star /, Francis Howell North High School, Saint Charles, MO;
Odyssey /, Clarke Central High School, Athens, GA;
The Accolade /, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, CA;
The BluePrint /, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL;
The Boiling Point /, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles, CA;
The Campanile/, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA;
The Catalyst /, Millard West High School, Omaha, NE;
The Chronicle /, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, CA;
The Eagle Eye /, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL;
The Epic /, Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA;
The Epitaph /, Homestead High School, Cupertino, CA;
The Fourcast /, The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX;
The Harbinger /, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
The Highlander /, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Huron Emery /, Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI;
The Lion's Tale /, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD;
The Messenger /, Northview High School, Johns Creek, GA;
The Mirror /, Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA;
The Muse /, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL;
The Octagon /, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, CA;
The Phillipian /, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA;
The Purple Tide /, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
The Review /, St. John's School, Houston, TX;
The Rock /, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
The Shield /, McCallum High School, Austin, TX;
The Sidekick /, Coppell High School, Coppell, TX;
The Smoke Signal /, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA;
The Southerner /, Midtown High School, Atlanta, GA;
The Standard /, The American School in London, London, England;
The Tower /, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI;
Tiger Times /, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
tjTODAY /, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA;
Tower /, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY;
U-High Midway /, University of Chicago Laboratory High School, Chicago, IL.

Print News
Eagle Edition, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX;
Inklings, Crown Point High School, Crown Point, IN;
Southwords, Maine South High School, Park Ridge, IL;
The Chronicle, Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio, TX;
The Crane-Clarion, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI;
The Edge, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Hawk, Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, TX;
The Piper, Campbell Hall School, North Hollywood, CA;
The ReMarker, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Update, H. H. Dow High School, Midland, MI;
Winged Post, The Harker School, San Jose, CA.



Literary Print Magazine
Intermedia, Lewis F. Cole Middle School, Fort Lee, NJ;
Mindprints, Jackson Preparatory Junior High School, Flowood, MS;
Pen & Paper, The Unquowa School, Fairfield, CT.

Digital News
Livewire /, Altoona Area Junior High School, Altoona, PA;
The Neersyde /, The Benjamin Middle School, North Palm Beach, FL;
The Viking Voice /, North Shore Middle School, Glen Head, NY.

Print News
The Scroll, The American School in London, London, England.