St. Mark’s student-produced yearbook and newspaper were both recently honored with national awards.
In November, the 2016 Marksmen yearbook has been named winner of a Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Crown awards are the highest given by the organization, the nation’s oldest scholastic press association, headquartered at Columbia University. Distinction of gold and silver crowns will be made at CSPA’s annual convention in March 2017. Students from St. Mark’s journalism program will be on hand to accept the awards. This is the ninth consecutive year for the Marksmen yearbook to be awarded a Crown, and the 12th in 13 years. Seven St. Mark’s yearbooks have been awarded the Gold Crown, with four earning Silver Crowns. Forty-one yearbooks across the United States were named as Crown finalists by CSPA. Yearbooks were judged on theme and concept; writing; layout and design; graphics; and photography by a panel of professional journalists and educators.
The 2015-2016 ReMarker newspaper was named as winner of the Pacemaker Award, the highest award given by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) at the conclusion of the organization’s fall convention on November 12, in Indianapolis. This is the tenth Pacemaker citation in the past twelve years for TheReMarker, which also received the national award for its 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 editions. Newspapers were named Pacemaker finalists in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. NSPA is based in Minneapolis, MN. Entries were judged on writing and reporting, story development and packaging, layout and design, photography and visual communication, and infographics and secondary content pieces. Additionally, four students’ individual work received national honors:
Philip Smart ’16 and Will Clark ’16: Ninth in nation for News Writing
Philip Smart ’16: Eighth in nation for Page One Design
Philip Smart ’16: Sixth in nation for Magazine Cover Design
ReMarker Staff: Third in nation for Diversity Writing
The editor of the 2016 yearbook was Will Diamond ’16, now a student at the University of Virginia. The managing editor was Jackson Cole ’16 and head photographer was Alden James ’16. Editor of TheReMarker was Philip Smart ’16, now a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina. Student publications are overseen by Ray Westbrook, Gene & Alice Oltrogge Master Teaching Chair.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.