March 3, 2017 / News

Walsworth Yearbooks schools win big in CSPA’s 2017 Gold Circles

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Students from Walsworth Yearbooks schools took first place in 13 of 39 high school yearbook categories, and two of the collegiate categories, when CSPA announced the winners of its 2017 Gold Circle awards on Friday.

Each year, CSPA awards Gold Circles to recognize superior work by student journalists in both print and online media.

The following Walsworth Yearbooks high schools earned top prizes: Boone High School, Haltom High School, James Martin High School, Mansfield Timberview High School, McKinney High School, Shawnee Mission East High School, Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

The first place winners included:

  • Feature writing: Student Life – Albany Alexander, “Across the World,” Legend, Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
  • Sports reporting – Joe Baldwin, “Inside the Line,” Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Caption/cutline writing – Staff, Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Theme and concept – Matt Casler and Emma McClane, Legend, Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
  • Table of contents – Danielle Robinson, Buffalo, Haltom High School, Haltom City, Texas
  • Sports feature photo – Bonnie Longan, “Soccer,” Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Feature photo – Olivia Seabaugh, “Slip n’ Slide,” Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Photo portfolio – Aleyan Velazquez,The Lion, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
  • Informational Graphics: Portfolio – Monica Boyles,The Phoenix, James W. Martin High School, Arlington, Texas
  • Student Life spread: one spread – Megan Garland and Aysha Moneer, “Park it Right Here,”The Phoenix, James W. Martin High School, Arlington, Texas
  • Sports spread: multi-page spread – Kara Bamberger, “Off the Rebound,”The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Academic spread: multi-page spread – Kara Bamberger, “Grow with the Flow,”The Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee, Kansas
  • People spreads without mug photos one spread – Dejah Bradley, “It’s Where,”Lykavittos, Mansfield Timberview High School, Arlington, Texas

Other Walsworth Yearbooks high schools whose students placed in this year’s Gold Circle Contest included: Batesville High School, Calvary Day School, Haas Hall Academy, Highlands Ranch High School, Kiski Area High School, Marcus High School, Norman High School, Saginaw High School, South Fort Myers High School and Timber Creek High School. You can see the full high school results here on the CSPA website.

Students from Walsworth’s Gonzaga University took the top Gold Circle in two of the college categories:

  • Sports feature photo – Abey Sicuro and Ryan Sullivan, “Volleyball,” Spire, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
  • Academic photo – Alysa Schols and Matt Weigand, “Academics,” Spire, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

Missouri Western State University and Mount Berry College also had students place in this year’s Gold Circles. The full results of the collegiate contest can be found here on the CSPA website.

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.