SNO customers make strong showing in CSPA Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has announced its Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media. The awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working online. These awards reflect entries produced between Nov. 2, 2012, through Nov. 1, 2013. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are given, they are known as the 2014 Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media.

Of the 190 awards given, 52 have been awarded to students from SNO customer schools. Awards are either first, second or third place, and judges can bestow a Certificate of Merit (CM) to one or more entries. Congratulations to these students and their advisers for outstanding work. These students join the 14 SNO customer websites that are among the 37 finalists for Crown Awards, which will be presented in a ceremony on the Columbia University campus on March 21 in New York.

See the full list of all Gold Circle winners.

Winners from SNO customer schools:

DM1. Breaking News
CM. Durva Trivedi, “Get the Facts: Administrators Discuss Recent Cheating Incident,” Central Times, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, Ill.

DM3. News writing
1. Kailey Tracy, “Question 6 Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland,” The Patriot, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

CM. Devin Chen, “FHSD Earns an A in New Grading System,” FHCtoday.com, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

DM4. News feature
CM. Madison Ermenio, “Love to the Max,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

CM. Apoorva Rangan, “The Syrian Conflict Through the Eyes of a Former Upper School Student,” Harker Aquila, The Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

DM6. Editorial writing
3. Staff, “Hazelwood: A Bleak Anniversary,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

DM7. Personal opinion: On-campus issues
CM. Martha Shick, “Abortion Protesters Schooled by JC students,” The Patriot, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.

CM. Taylor Potter, “Prior Review Process Could Be…” Tiger Times Online, Texas High School, Texarkana, Texas

DM8. Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
2. Kira Ashton, “Still Waiting: Reflections on Sandy Hook,” Webster Thomas Courier, Webster Thomas High School, Webster, N.Y.
Not available online.

CM. Staff, “The Worst of Both Worlds, Ignorance and War,” The Eagle’s Tale, Canyon High School, Canyon, Texas

CM. Doug Whelan, “Ingmar Bergman: Cinema’s Timeless Philosopher,” Webster Thomas Courier, Webster Thomas High School, Webster, N.Y.
Not available online.

DM9. General or humor commentary
1. Kate Alaks, “For What It’s Worth: The Economic Irony of Banned Books,” Clarion, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, Ill.

CM. Luke Gibson, “Tipping is an Art,” Newsstreak, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, Va.

DM10. First person experience
CM. Alexandra Nedelcu, “Rekindling Friendships,” Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.

CM. Blake Beck, “I’ve Got 99 Problems and ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack is One,” FHCtoday.com, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

DM11. Sports commentary
1. Jacob Prothro, “Student Reflects on Decline of Baseball and Its Future,” Westlake Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

3. Sean Mason, “Has Texas High School Football,” Trailblazer, McNeil High School, Austin, Texas

DM12. Sports news
1. Jacob Prothro, “Lake Travis Comeback Topples Chaps,” Westlake Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

DM13. Sports features
1. Marisa Charpentier, “Back on Track,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

CM. Adam Hernandez, “Avoiding Impact,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

CM. Allie Loder, “Life Behind the Camera,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

DM14. Personality profile
3. Brittany Steck, “Santos Makes Theatrical Debut in Muny’s Production of “Les Misérable,” FHStoday.com, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.
Not available online.

CM. Kate Alaks, “Life in a Teenage Rock Band,” Clarion, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, Ill.

DM15. General feature
CM. Alyssa Schmidt, “Lydia Hood Goes to Disney,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

DM16. Entertainment reviews
1. Amrin Madhani, “‘42’ Hits Home Run,” Trailblazer, McNeil High School, Austin, Texas

2. Chris Olszewski, “Gravity Pulls You in, Refuses to Let Go,” Clarion, Riverside Brookfield High School, Riverside, Ill.

DM17. Fiction
1. Grace Johnson-DeBaufre, “The Fall,” Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, N.J.

2. Liz Klein, “In His Eyes,” Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, N.J.

DM20. Non-fiction article
2. Victoria Price, “Evolution of Mums, Garters,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

CM. Katie Puryear, “Reality TV: Absolutely Real,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, MO.

DM21. Non-fiction interview
1. Victoria Price, “Evolution of Mums, Garters,” The Marquee, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas

3. Katie Puryear, “Reality TV: Absolutely Real,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

DM22. Non-fiction column
1. Bridget Randazzo, “Now He Can’t Hurt Us Anymore,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

DM26. Single spot news photograph
3. Alex Nedelcu, “Homecoming Day 3,” Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.

CM. Terri Dang, “Three Students Place at Fashion Forward Event,” Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career & Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.

DM28. Single sports photograph
2. Tim Whaling, “Chaps Fall to Top-Ranked Cedar Park in Season Opener,” Westlake Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

CM. Dan Weyerich, “Male Pommies Performance,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

CM. Isabel Dayton, “A Teacher and a Coach,” Trailblazer, McNeil High School, Austin, TX.

DM29. Photography Portfolio of work
3. Gabbi Martinez, Westlake Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas

DM30. Photo illustration
2. Kaity Gee, “National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Everybody Knows Somebody,” Harker Aquila, The Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

CM. Lisa Jenkins, “The Forest,” Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, N.J.

CM. Lisa Jenkins, “Saint Isaac,” Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, N.J.

DM31. Art/illustration: Hand-drawn
1. Blayne Fox, “Escape From the Grey,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

DM32. Computer generated art/illustration
CM. Georgia Reid, “Satire: M-A Student Protests New Addition to Existing Ordinance,” M-A Bear News, Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, Calif.

DM33. Editorial Cartoons
CM. Mikki Philippe, “Less Passion More Pixels,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

DM35. Comic Cartoons
1. Leah George, “Flying Through the Years,” Central Times, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, Ill.

DM40. Magazine Online Design Web site
3. Staff, Glyphs, Madison High School, Madison, N.J.

DM42. Photo slideshow
3. Grant McKenna, “KHS at Dusk,” The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.

CM. Shelby Westbrook, “Chaps Rally in 4th Quarter to Beat Temple,” Westlake Featherduster, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas
Not available online.

DM44. Podcast
1. Georgia Reid, “Bots and Tots, Robotics Team at SRI International,” M-A Bear News, Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, Calif.

DM48. Video News Package
CM. Will Hanley, Sarah Hoover and Josh Weiner, “Bearly News Season 3,” M-A Bear News, Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, Calif.

CM. Kaity Gee, Nayeon Kim and Karen Tu, “Red Cross Blood Drive,” Harker Aquila, The Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.