Elysium, Coral Reef Senior High School’s Literary/Arts Magazine, has received the highly prestigious Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). This is the second year in a row that CSPA has recognized Elysium with a top national award. Crown Awards function as a “top-down” view of general excellence.
The news comes on top of a recent announcement by CSPA that five Coral Reef students won the equally coveted Gold Circle Award for individual writing. Elysium won two first place Gold Circles — one for best poem by Amy Meltzer and one for best non-fiction interview by Brian Ransom.
Sancia Noriega and Puru Bagga earned second and third place respectively in the essay category, and Meltzer received a Certificate of Merit for humor. Noriega also won a National Scholastic Arts Writing Award for her wonderful essay “Picking Scabs” about coming to terms with her bi-racial identity. Elysium’s sponsor is Amy Scott.
Sixty print magazines and seven hybrid magazines were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2016 at ceremonies in New York City. The magazines were published during the 2014-15 academic year.
The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.
Crown Finalists are not nominees, but actual winners. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2016. The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition.