The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) honored St. Mark’s three major Upper School publications and the Middle School literary magazine with its highest awards. At the CSPA’s annual convention at Columbia University, The ReMarker student newspaper, The Marque literary magazine, and The Mini-Marque Middle School magazine were awarded Gold Crowns, the organization’s highest honor. This was The ReMarker’s fourteenth consecutive Gold Crown, extending the newspaper’s longest successive winning streak by a secondary school in the CSPA's 91-year history. This year also marks the sixth consecutive Gold Crown for The Marque. The Marksmen yearbook received a Silver Crown, marking its ninth consecutive year to earn a Crown award.
The awards were announced at the CSPA’s annual convention in New York, but due to a severe blizzard, St. Mark’s was unable to attend. Thankfully, former ReMarker senior content editor Avery Powell ’16 was in New York for spring break and accepted the Crowns on their behalf.
The Mini-Marque literary magazine won its first ever Gold Crown Award and was one of only two middle school magazines nationwide to receive this honor from more than 1,000 entries.
"It’s wonderful to be recognized because we put in a lot of work," said Mini-Marque faculty sponsor Meagan Frazier. "The staff works so hard to hone their publishing and design craft. It’s awe-inspiring for me to be a part of their team."
Philip Smart ’16 was the editor of The ReMarker and Will Diamond ’16 was the editor of the Marksmen. Both publications are advised by Ray Westbrook, Gene & Alice Oltrogge Master Teaching Chair. The Marque was edited by Josh Bandopadhay ’16 and Killian Green ’16 and was sponsored by Lynne Weber, Trustee Master Teaching Chair in Humanities, and GayMarie Vaughn. The Mini-Marque was edited by Sam Ahmed ’20 and Charlie Rubarth ’20.
Founded in 1925, CSPA is the nation’s oldest organization for scholastic journalists and is headquartered at Columbia University.
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.