April 9, 2020 / News

Walsworth Yearbooks schools take 17 of 39 top prizes in 2020 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Students from Walsworth Yearbooks schools won first place prizes in 17 of the 39 scholastic yearbook categories when the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced the winners of its annual Gold Circle Awards on Thursday.

Each year, the CSPA Gold Circles honor superior work by student journalists in both print and online media. The Lair from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School led the way with four first place finishes.

The first-place winners from Walsworth Yearbooks schools included:

  • Sports reporting – Tessa Wessel, “My New Journey,” Beacon, Calvary Day School, Savannah, Georgia
  • Sports feature writing – Taylor Narrell, “Mad About Mullets,” The Marauder, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Caption/cutline writing – Katie Clarke, Lauren Herba and Sam Schnoor, The Marauder, Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Organization writing – Teagan VanBlarcom, “Drill Team,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Student Life Spread: Multi-page – Mimu Gitonga Mbogori and Ethan Schreiber, “Hoco,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Academic Spread: Multi-page – Mimu Gitonga Mbogori and Ethan Schreiber, “Journalism,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Organization Spread: Multi-page – Ethan Schreiber, “Theatre,” The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Headline Writing – Aleena Davis and Lauren Quattlebaum, The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sports Action Photo – Megan Chormicle, “Breaking Records,” The Creek, Timber Creek High School, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Cover Design – Lexi Harris, The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Photo portfolio – Elizabeth Chan, The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Division page design – Lexi Harris, The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Academic Photo Max Watkins, Ignite the Fire,” The Hornet, Saline Middle School, Saline, Michigan
  • Photo IllustrationJonathan Jackson, “Stand Tall, Hero,” Odyssey, University High School, Orange City, Florida
  • Student Life spread: one spreadKyleigh Anders, Ryien Blackwood and Autumn Siegenthaler, “Food on Wheels,” Retrospect, Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Sports spread: one spread Connor Henkle, “Go For It,” Munhinotu, Gresham High School, Gresham, Oregon
  • Organizations spread: one spread – Staff, “Shine On and On,” Campus, Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Additional Walsworth Yearbooks high schools whose students placed in this year’s Gold Circle contest included: Braden River High School, Byram Hills High School, Charlotte Latin School, Chisholm Trail High School, Davie County High School, El Camino Real Charter School, El Dorado High School, Foard High School, Francis Howell High School, Greece Athena High School, Hagerty High School, Haltom High School, Mansfield Legacy High School, Okeechobee High School, Palo Alto High School, Pine Crest School, Ransom Everglades Upper School, Rock Bridge High School, Saugus High School, Shawnee Mission East High School and Silver Creek High School.

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

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Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 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.