April 12, 2018 / News

Walsworth Yearbooks schools dominate in 2018 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Students from Walsworth Yearbooks schools won first place prizes in 18 of the 39 high school yearbook categories when the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced the winners of its annual Gold Circle Awards on Wednesday.

Each year, the CSPA Gold Circles honor superior work by student journalists in both print and online media.

The first-place winners from Walsworth Yearbooks schools included:

  • Feature writing: Student Life – Nicole Stuessy, “She’s with Her… He’s on the Trump Train,” The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Sports reporting – Alaina Burris, “Met Your Match,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Sports feature writing – Ariana Contreras, “Just a Little Push,” The Legend, El Dorado High School, El Paso, Texas
  • Academic writing – Jonathan Alexander, “Claying Around,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Personality profile – Addie Von Drehle, “Tom DeZutter,” Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Caption/cutline writing – Nicole Stuessy, The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Alternative story form – Addie Von Drehle, “More than a March,” Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Endsheets – Tess Holcom, The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Title page – Kelsey Gibson and Ariadna Gonzalez, The Legend, El Dorado High School, El Paso, Texas
  • Feature photo – Amanda Barber, “Spinning in the Sunshine,” The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Photo illustration: single image – Tyler Rispoli, “Transgender,” Legend, Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
  • Photo portfolio – Eric Juarez, Catamount, Crosby High School, Crosby, Texas
  • Division page design – Staff, The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Student Life spread: one spread – Taylor Deker, “Being Alex,” The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Academic spread: one spread – Jennifer Rangel, “Changing Tune,” Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • People spread with mug photos – Nicole Oesterreicher and Anne Penprase, “Hello My Name is Michael,” The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Organizations spread: one spread – Amanda Barber, “Bring Me to Life,” The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Organizations spread: multi-page spread – Tatum Geotting and Lizzie Weems, “Show Time,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas

Maddie Johnson from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, was also a first-place winner in the People spreads without mug photos: multi-page spread category. Plant High is a new Walsworth Yearbooks customer for the 2018 school year.

Additional Walsworth Yearbooks high schools whose students placed in this year’s Gold Circle contest included: Athens Drive High School, Calvary Day School, Cambridge Christian School, Edmond North High School, Gresham High School, Haltom High School, Kiski Area High School, Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, Mansfield Legacy High School, Marcus High School, Palo Alto High School, Saginaw High School, Saline Middle School, Saugus High School, Shawnee Mission North High School and University High School.

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

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.