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 2018 Crown Finalists Announced

Fourth of four announcements of Crown Finalists for 2018 Awards
(Click here to read the third announcement of Crown Finalists for Digital.)
(Click here to read the second announcement of Crown Finalists for News.)
(Click here to read the first announcement of Crown Finalists for Magazines.)

Fifty-nine print yearbooks and eight hybrid yearbooks were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2018 at ceremonies in New York City.  The yearbooks were published during the 2016-17 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 1,100 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 2018.

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 19 while yearbook and digital entries for individual Gold Circle Awards are not due until a final deadline of October 10. 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 digital (online) news sites, and finally yearbooks in October.” 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 Hybrid Yearbooks
Azimuth, The Benjamin Middle School, North Palm Beach, FL;

Middle School Print Yearbooks
Eagle Eye View, Sierra Middle School, Parker, CO;
Ingenium, Greenfield Junior High School, Gilbert, AZ;
Jamboree, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, CA;
Sentry, Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, VA;
Specifics, Seven Lakes Junior High School, Katy, TX;
Talon, Stanford Middle School, Long Beach, CA;
The Crusader, Castle Rock Middle School, Castle Rock, CO;
The Nighthawk, Rocky Heights Middle School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
The Prowl, Powell Middle School, Littleton, CO;
The Scrapbook, Westfield Middle School, Westfield, IN;
The Vespa, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX;

High School Hybrid Yearbooks
Hillsborean |, Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL;
Legend, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, FL;
Predator, West Potomac High School, Alexandra, VA;
The Crusader, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Wichita, KS;
The Raider, Gulliver Preparatory School, Miami, FL;
Tesserae |
, Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning NY;

High School Print Yearbooks
Above and Beyond, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA;
Apollo, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, VA;
Black & Gold, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, CO;
Calumet, Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO;
Cayuse, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA;
Columbian, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA;
Decamhian, Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks, CA;
Details, Whitney High School, Rocklin, CA;
Epic, Legend High School, Parker, CO;
Etruscan, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL;
Fusion, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, FL;
Golden Images, Chaparral High School, Parker, CO;
Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS;
Hoofbeats, Burges High School, El Paso, TX;
Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS;
Legacy, Klein Collins High School, Spring, TX;
Lion’s Roar, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN;
Lone Star, James Bowie High School, Austin, TX;
Marksmen, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, TX;
Odyssey, Chantilly High School, Chantilly, VA;
Odyssey, University High School, Orange City, FL;
Panther, H.B. Plant High School, Tampa, FL;
Pioneer, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO;
Rampages, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA;
Reflections, Brighton High School, Brighton, CO;
Saga, Loudoun Valley High School, Purcellville, VA;
Summit, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, CO;
Taurus, Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, CA;
The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX;
The Clan, McLean High School, McLean, VA;
The Hawk, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, TX;
The Lair, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA;
The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS;
The Legend, Atlee High School, Mechanicsville, VA;
The Legend, El Dorado High School, El Paso, TX;
The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, TX;
The Pilot, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA;
Tiger, Texas High School, Texarkana, TX;
Titanium, Antelope High School, Antelope, CA;
Touchstone, Stony Point High School, Round Rock, TX;
Triune, Trinity High School, Euless, TX;
Westwind, Lewis-Palmer High School, Monument, CO;
Westwind, West Henderson High School, Hendersonville, NC;
Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy Upper School, Redlands, CA;
Wingspan, James Enochs High School, Modesto, CA.

College Yearbooks
Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Baylor Roundup, Baylor University, Waco, TX;
Rotunda, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX;
The Tower, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.