FCPS Student Publications Win NSPA Pacemaker and CSPA Gold Crown Awards

By Communication and Community Relations
April 18, 2022

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McLean High School’s literary magazine, The Tartan, and news publications, The Highlander newsmagazine and website, earned national recognition from both the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently.
The Tartan, advised by Lindsay Benedict and Seth LeBlanc and led by editors-in-chief Hyohyun Jung and Marina Qu, was one of just six literary magazines in the country and the only one in Virginia to receive the prestigious 2021 NSPA Pacemaker at an awards ceremony on April 9. 

A full list of NSPA award winners is available online.

In addition, The Tartan was named a 2022 CSPA Gold Crown recipient in the literary magazine category at an awards ceremony on March 18. McLean’s literary magazine was one of three Virginia literary magazines and the only one in FCPS to earn this award from Columbia University. 
The Highlander newsmagazine and website (thehighlandernews.com), advised by Lindsay Benedict and led by editors-in-chief Akash Balenalli, Heran Essayas, Marina Qu, and Jack Shields, received a 2022 CSPA Gold Crown award in the hybrid news category. tjTODAY from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, advised by Erinn Harris and led by editors in-chief Sonia Kanchan, Stuti Gupta, Pratika Katiyar, Anuj Khemka, Vikram Achuthan, and Annika Duneja, also received a Gold Crown award. The Highlander and tjTODAY were two of three hybrid news publications in Virginia to earn this award. 

Anagha Gummadivalli of Chantilly High School received a third place CSPA Gold Circle award for her entry in the Digital Media and Yearbook - News Feature category, “Summer School to Be Conducted on Larger Scale,” published in The Purple Tide. Chantilly's adviser is Mary Kay Downes (now retired). 

Marshall High School received a Certificate of Merit (Honorable Mention) CSPA Gold Circle award for its entry in the Digital Media and Yearbook - Alternative Story Form category, “How It Unfolded,” published in Columbian. Marshall's yearbook adviser is Dan Reinish, and the entry was led by editors-in-chief Sonel Cutler and Stephanie Wright. 

A full list of CSPA award winners is available online: Gold Crown | Gold Circle.