April 10, 2023 / News

2023 CSPA Gold Circle Awards: Walsworth Schools Win First Place in 13 Categories

Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE

Students at Walsworth Yearbooks schools won first place in 13 of the 38 awarded scholastic yearbook categories when Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the 2023 winners of its annual Gold Circle Awards Saturday.

CSPA Gold Circles honor outstanding work by student journalists in both print and online media. They compete within 39 different categories (one of which did not have awards this year, making the total 38 categories). Aledo High School, Kiski Area High School and Legacy High School have a three way tie for the most first place awards with three each.

The first-place winners from Walsworth Yearbooks schools included:

  • Feature writing: Student Life. Ashlyn Poole, “Second Time’s a Crown,” Ledoian, Aledo High School, Aledo, Texas
  • Sports feature writing. Emma Gómez, “Kevin Mendes,” The Crestian, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Cover Design. Ava Bathurst and Faith Emmitte, Ledoian, Aledo High School, Aledo, Texas
  • Staff, Campus, Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
  • Feature photo. Jayden Murray, “Go All Out,” Fusion, Hagerty High School, Oviedo, Florida
  • Photo portfolio. Allison Robbert, Marquee, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Staff, Campus, Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
  • Opening and closing spread design. Staff, Ledoian, Aledo High School, Aledo, Texas
  • Feature presentation. Jack Coleman, “Fibonacci Sequence,” Campus, Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
  • Student Life spread: multi-page spread. Andrew Bobe and Hannah Brown, “Remember,” The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas
  • Academic spread: multi-page spread. Hannah Brown, Raylee Mallett and Hudson McReynolds, “Classes,” The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas
  • People spread with mug photos. Zoe Taylor, “Old Friends are Gold Friends,” The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Organization or Greeks spread: one spread. Cassidy Allen, Adam Matter and Kara Murray, “Shrek,” The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas


Additional Walsworth Yearbooks high schools whose students placed in the 2023 Gold Circle CSPA contest included:

  • Brickhouse, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Madrono, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, California
  • The Bard, Hill Country Christian School of Austin, Austin, Texas – a new customer for 2023
  • The Brahman, Okeechobee High School, Okeechobee, Florida
  • The Comet, Austin High, Austin, Texas
  • The Lion’s Pride, One School of the Arts, Longwood, Florida
  • The SHIP, Presque Isle High School, Mapleton, Maine – a new customer for 2024
  • The Torch, Athens Drive Magnet High School, Raleigh, North Carolina


You can see the full results of the 2023 high school Gold Circle contest here at the CSPA website.

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Jenica Hallman, CJE

Jenica Hallman, CJE, is a Copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks. Yearbooks got into her blood in high school, and she has been pursuing them ever since. She has worked in various capacities as a high school and college yearbook editor, an adviser, sales representative, plant customer service representative and now in marketing, her favorite role to date. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.