Cy-Fair Newspaper Wins Silver Crown Award at CSPA Convention

Cypress, TX (March 23, 2016) Cy-Fair High School journalism students won two awards for their student-produced publications, one of which was recognized at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Spring Scholastic Convention, held March 16-18 at Columbia University in New York City.

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Cy-Fair’s 2014-2015 student newspaper, The Reporter, won the Silver Crown award, which current editors and returning members accepted at the recognition ceremony. Presented to only 20 percent of entrants, the Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. The Reporter was one of 14 schools nationwide to receive the Silver News Print Crown.

“It was such an honor for my students to be among the 20 percent who receive this prestigious award nationwide,” said Lillian Harris, Cy-Fair publications adviser. “Attending the awards ceremony at Columbia University and hearing the Cy-Fair High School student newspaper, The Reporter, announced in New York City for the Silver Crown was absolutely incredible and humbling.”

Prior to the CSPA convention, the 2014-2015 Cy-Fair yearbook, The Bobcat, won the Gold Medalist Certificate. Medalist critiques contain standards developed by CSPA to offer specific instruction on how to improve student work, and The Bobcat earned the top distinction.

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Cy-Fair students also won individual CSPA Gold Circle awards for their work on the 2014-2015 Reporter:

  • Graduate Natalie Berry won second place in the Single News or Feature Package, Double-truck or Special Section Design category;
  • the Reporter staff won third place in the Typography: Overall look of the entire paper category; and
  • junior Wafa Kazmi won a considerable mention award in the Entertainment reviews category for “Mosquitoland.”

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Courtesy of the District