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The Columbian of CHS Wins National School Journalism Awards

The Columbian, the newspaper produced by Columbia High School students and academic advisors, has won the two national awards for high school journalism:

First Place in the 2014-2015 Scholastic Newspaper Awards by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA); and

Silver Medalist Rating by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)

The newspapers are critiqued in the areas of content coverage, page design, photography & illustrations, layout, editing and creativity. Each section can earn a ­certain number of points and the total of all those sections generate a final score. Final scores from each entry are compared to generate placings.

A comment in the judge’s summary from the ASPA stated, “You have an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designer and advisors. Congratulations to all on your first place award!

The 2014-15 production leaders of The Columbia were:

  • Deana Singleton & Max Kitibayashi (Co-Editors-In-Chief)
  • Sophie Fisher (Art Editor)
  • Olivia Levine (Photo Editor)
  • Ben Reichman & Alec Tyson (Design Co-Editors)

The 14-15 content editors were:

  • Tyler Farnsworth & Dylan Karten (News Co-Editors)
  • Siobhan Nolet (Opinions Editor)
  • Russell Pinzino (In-Depth Editor)
  • Calvin Yohannan & David DeFranco (Sports Co-Editors)
  • Edward Willshire (Arts & Entertainment Editor)
  • Delainey Fuschetto & Sabrina Rodrigues (Project Coordinators)

The 2014-15 designers were:

  • Khalid Young, Lellani Schultz-Joy, Fabriz Gauthier, Nick Carbonara, Alex Rafkin, Emre Yenigun (Designers)

Staff advisors to The Columbian are Joshua Enyeart (English Department) and Cindy Malhotra (Fine Arts Department).

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