Columbia Scholastic Press Association Honors Three FCPS Schools with Crown Awards

March 29, 2023

This year, three Fairfax County school news publications were honored with Crown Awards in a ceremony at Columbia University on March 17. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) offers annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing. The Crown Awards are for overall excellence. 

News, magazine, yearbook, and digital/online formats are all eligible for Crown Awards. Publications are judged on their excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. A total of 805 publications were eligible for judging in this winter’s contest. See a full list of winners in the press release from CSPA. McLean High School’s The Highlander news magazine and website earned a Gold Crown in high school hybrid news. They were one of only 16 schools in the nation and the only school in Virginia to earn this top honor.

Silver Crowns were awarded to Chantilly High School’s The Purple Tide news magazine and website and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s tjTODAY news magazine and website.