Journalism adviser Mr. Matthew LaPorte accepted the 2015 CSPA Gold Crown at the 91st Scholastic Convention at the Convocation Ceremony on Feb. 20. Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Director Edmund J. Sullivan presented the award to LaPorte. Photo Courtesy of Columbia Scholastic Press Association
“I was so happy for the staff of the Southwest Shadow. It is their award and I wish they could have been there in person,” LaPorte said.
The award was accepted by journalism adviser Mr. Matthew LaPorte at the Awards Convocation Ceremony during the 91st annual Scholastic Convention. The CSPA Gold Crown is earned by achieving overall excellence and is the highest recognition given by CSPA to a student print or digital medium.
“I’m glad that we won this award because it shows that we, as a team, worked really hard on updating the website in a timely manner and trying to produce stories that appealed to the student body,” Management Editor Nikki Marie Molina said.
This year, approximately 1,203 publications were eligible for judging in the 2015 Crown Awards Program. The Southwest Shadow was one out of 13 digital publications who received a Crown Award.