'Stang Express Newspaper Wins Gold Crown Award

Houston, Texas: For the second year in a row, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced that the ‘Stang Express newspaper of North Shore Middle School as a 2014 Crown Finalist in December of 2013. Once again, the school newspaper was honored with a Gold Crown Award this past Friday, March 21, during the 90th Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in New York City. 

The Crown Award represents the top 1% of scholastic journalism publications in the nation and is often cited as the student equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize awards for the professional press, according to the CSPA website. The ‘Stang Express was one of only two middle school newspapers in the nation to win this prestigious award and this is a district first in middle/high school journalism. 

This year, 1,236 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2012-2013 academic year were eligible for Crown Award judging in national journalism competition. All entries were judged at Columbia University from December 14-16, 2013 by the Board of Crown Judges. These publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Out of all the submissions, only 66 Gold and 90 Silver Crowns were awarded for 2014. 

Last year, the ‘Stang Express news staff dominated state UIL competition, earning a Bronze Star Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) in May of 2013. The Star Award is the top UIL journalism award in the state, placing North Shore’s journalism program in the top 5% of schools statewide. The newspaper also earned an Award of Distinguished Merit from the ILPC for the 3rd year in a row, the highest rating in the state. Staff members also came home with 39 medals after placing in 23 out of 26 individual categories. 

Mr. Ron Burke, the adviser of the ‘Stang Express newspaper, has taught journalism (yearbook and newspaper) since 2002. His journalism experience began in high school and continued in college and the U.S. Army where he won several news writing and photography awards during service in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2005 and again in 2007, The Stampede yearbook staffs, also advised by Mr. Burke, were honored with Silver Crown Awards in national journalism competition. 

Cindy Mai and Bryant Badie were the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the ‘Stang Express newspaper during the 2012-2013 school year. Cindy now attends Debakey High School and Bryant attends North Shore High School. The current Editor-in-Chief is Hailie Russell. The current staff is preparing for this year’s round of state UIL journalism competition at The University of Texas at Austin in late April. All of last year’s issues can be found on the North Shore Middle School webpage under Programs>Journalism.


'Stang Express

Pictured: (Top L to R) Martin Batrez, Bryant Badie (Editor), Hailie Russell, Leah Maxwell, Enrique Gonzalez, Victor Davila, Ta'Aliyah Porchia, Ulises Salazar, Emily Lim.
(Middle row) Sara Hinshaw-Hatten, Maria Renteria, Makenna Pouland, Mabel Idicula, Kenny Ma, Ivon Lopez, Reagan Nunez, Madison Mericle, Crystal Ortez.
(Bottom) Leonardo Reyes, Christine Cabang, Joanne Cobos, Daisy Estrada, Melanie Gomez, Cindy Mai (Editor), Fermina Rodriguez.





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