9 Balfour yearbooks earn Gold and Silver Crowns


Nine yearbooks published by Balfour earned Crown awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) this week. Seven yearbooks earned Silver Crown awards, with two books earning Gold Crowns during the Spring Convention in New York City.

Six high school and middle school Balfour yearbooks were named Silver Crowns at today’s closing ceremony during the Student Awards Convocation at Columbia University.

The college Crowns were announced earlier in the week and one college yearbook was named a Silver crown, with two Balfour yearbooks earning Gold Crowns. Three out of the four CSPA College Crown Finalists were yearbooks published by Balfour.

The Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by CSPA for overall excellence in scholastic journalism.

The nine Balfour yearbooks earning Crown awards are:


Univ of Miami_Cover

Ibis, University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Holly Bensur, editor
Randy Stano, adviser


North Carolina St. Univ_Cover

Agromeck, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Elizabeth Moomey, editor
Martha Collins, adviser



Vista Ridge HS_Cover

The Lonestar, Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas
Katie Na & Alanna Saucedo, editors
Jamie Ray, adviser


Granite Bay HS_Cover

Ursus, Granite Bay High School
Granite Bay, California
Ambreen Siddiqui, editor
Bernadette Cranmer, adviser


Bellaire HS_Cover

Carillon, Bellaire High School
Bellaire, Texas
Courtney Williams, Rena Li, Kurt Warren & Marie Olavere, editors
Micaela Segal, adviser


The Hockaday School_Cover

Cornerstones, The Hockaday School
Dallas, Texas
Elizabeth Michel & Barrett Smith, editors
Ana Rosenthal, adviser


Legacy HS_Cover

The Arena, Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas
Summer Campbell, editor
Leland Mallett & Rachel Dearinger, advisers 


Rocky Heights MS_Cover

The Nighthawk, Rocky Heights Middle School
Mikayla Devin, Charlotte Wright & Sydney Manning, editors
Tim Ryckman, adviser



Baylor Univ_Cover

Roundup, Baylor University
Waco, Texas
Sydny Shepard, editor
Julie Freeman/Paul Carr, advisers


This year, 1,186 digital, newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2014-15  academic year were eligible for judging in the 2016 Crown Awards Program. Twenty percent of entries received a Crown Finalist designation. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.