Eight Balfour yearbooks win CSPA Silver and Gold Crown Awards

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Eight Balfour yearbooks earned Silver and Gold Crown Awards today from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The announcement was made via live video and Twitter because of the spring convention’s cancellation due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Lonestar staff received a Gold Crown for the 2019 Vista Ridge High School yearbook. The yearbook staff, which has won five Crown Awards in the last six years, four of them Gold, built the book around an emotion-filled yearbook theme.

“I am so incredibly proud of my staff,” Vista Ridge adviser Jamie Ray said. “They had a vision for ‘That Feeling When’ and executed it with passion and drive from start to finish. Last year was truly a gift, and I am humbled to work with such amazing students.”

Balfour’s seven other finalists received CSPA Silver Crown Awards. This was the first Crown nomination for four of the yearbook staffs: Aledo High School, Bridgeland High School, Leander High School and McCallum High School.

“It’s such an incredible feeling to win a Crown, much less to win the first one in our school’s history,” Leander High School adviser Lindsie Alley said. “This book took a tremendous amount of hard work and passion. My students worked long hours and devoted every waking minute to this book. We had a goal and that was to sell out of books and to win a national award and we did both. I can’t even begin to say how proud I am of my students.”

While many staffs usually attend the ceremony in Lerner Hall on Columbia University’s campus, this year they watched from their couches and scrolled the Twitter feed for updates. The Black & Gold staff from Rock Canyon High School, which has won three Silver Crowns in the last four years, used Zoom to watch together.

“It was fun to see each other and fun to celebrate at the same time,” Rock Canyon adviser Kristi Rathbun said. “It’s always fun to have our students’ work recognized and this year, especially, it’s motivation to persevere and finish strong.”

Each year CSPA honors the best middle school, high school and college publications from across the nation. Finalists were chosen in print yearbook, print news, literary magazine and hybrid categories. The yearbooks were chosen for their exceptional coverage, design, writing, concept and photography.

Balfour had two college and eight high school yearbooks named finalists. The college award winners were announced March 10 at the College Media Association convention. The full list of scholastic winners are available here.

CSPA will mail plaques to all the winners in the next few weeks. The national awards are for the 2019 yearbooks. Congratulations to all the winners!



Vista Ridge HS

Vista Ridge High School

The Lonestar

Cedar Park, TX

Editors: Mason Slover & Cynthia Plasencio

Adviser Jamie Ray



Aledo HS

Aledo High School


Aledo, TX

Editor Pepper Purpura

Adviser Emily Arnold


Bridgeland HS

Bridgeland High School


Cypress, TX

Editors: Editorial Board

Adviser Samantha Berry


Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy


Melbourne, Florida

Editor Caroline Dixon

Adviser Sarah Tricano


Leander HS

Leander High School

The Lair

Leander, TX

Editors: Olivia Rutherfurd, Hannah Dowding, McKenzie Henningsen & Hannah Twining

Adviser Lindsie Alley


McCallum HS

McCallum High School

The Knight

Austin, TX

Editor Rylie Jones

Adviser Dave Winter


Rock Canyon HS

Rock Canyon High School

Black & Gold

Highlands Ranch, CO

Editors: Lexi Olsen, Emma Shea, Kinley Rex & Alex Lettner

Adviser Kristi Rathbun


 The Hockaday School

The Hockaday School


Dallas, TX

Editors: Courtney Katz & Maddie McBride

Adviser Nureen Patel

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