Columbia Scholastic Press Association Judges Impressed with Student Results
ROANOKE, VA (September 3, 2013)— The Willis Hall Herald, North Cross’ student- produced newspaper, was awarded Gold Medal status by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). As members of the CSPA, schools’ student newspapers are independently reviewed and results delivered in the annual Critique.
“This paper is impressive for many reasons. For such a small staff... this product is very well done.” The review continued, “The stories are interesting and always student-focused. The diverse student body is well-represented and offers a wealth of future story possibilities. It is clear that students have been taught how to interview and how to weave good quotes into the stories to really "tell the story." It is also abundantly clear that good editing skills are at work here because very few typical high school newspapers have copy this clean. Your paper could easily rival community papers!”
members-Jimmy Coles, Matt Doughty, Bennett Holley, Madison Altice, Alex Bullington, and Jayson Lamanca. Each of these students are not only a huge part of the Herald’s success, but have also done well in their academic, athletic, and artistic pursuits. It’s great to see them receive this well-respected award for their exceptional co-curricular participation.”
Dr. Christian Proctor, Headmaster of North Cross School, echoed Robillard’s sentiments. “A great student-led publication is another sign of a great school, and their product is worthy of such a prestigious award. With such a small staff and their self-imposed aggressive deadlines, they have to make sure each paper is interesting, eye-catching, and properly edited. I’m proud of the work they do and how well they and their work represent North Cross.”
Written by: David Lake, Associate Director of Development
About North Cross School
North Cross School is a college-preparatory day school grounded in a strong liberal arts and science curriculum combined with exceptional co-curricular programs. The academic program, from junior kindergarten through twelfth grade, prepares students to become responsible, successful citizens by encouraging them to explore their interests and develop their talents. The School is located at 4254
Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA, 24018. For more information, visit www.northcross.org.
About Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) is a department of Columbia University in the City of New York, and was established in 1925 to help improve student publications. Located throughout the world, student newspapers, yearbooks, and magazines enroll in the Association as members each year. The major service to members is an annual evaluation of each members’ published issues during the prior school year. CSPA’s address is Columbia University|Mail Code 5711 New York, NY 10027-6902. For more information, call (212) 854-9400 or visit online at firstname.lastname@example.org