CSISD student newspapers named among elite in Texas, rake in individual awards

Star Awards


A&M Consolidated’s The Roar newspaper was one of eight papers statewide to receive a Silver Star Award, while CSHS’s newspaper, The Catamount, was one of 12 papers to receive the Bronze Star award.  In all, only 26 newspapers statewide received a gold, silver, or bronze star award, meaning both CSISD publications are among the top five percent of all scholastic newspapers in Texas.  


In addition to the Star Award, The Catamount earned also received the Award of Distinguished Merit for excellent work in the areas of coverage, writing and editing, design, visuals, reader services and general impressions.


“This year’s newspapers were very impressive,” ILPC Director Jeanne Acton said. “The writing was outstanding. Texas clearly has some of the best scholastic journalism in the nation.”


Tops in Texas Award


CSHS junior Alex Miller headlined the list of individual achievements by CSISD students by winning the Sports News Stopy Tops in Texas Award.


A panel of judges selects only one student from the first place winners in Class 1A to 6A whose work exemplifies the top or best in the state.


Miller is the sports editor for The Catamount newspaper and represents the school’s first Tops in Texas State Champion and the district's third winner.


He is the third winner for CSISD. Suzanne Swierc won in 2007 for Sports Feature and Taylor Jackson won in 2008 for Page One Design.


Individual Awards


CSISD newspaper staffers impressively earned 42 total individual awards from the ILPC.


Austin Coats, AMCHS

  • 2nd in sports column

  • 3rd in in-depth news feature

Fiona Cohen, CSHS

  • 1st place in entertainment review

  • 3rd place in computer art

  • honorable mention in entertainment feature

Leah Crisman, AMCHS

  • 2nd in infographic/sidebar

Zoe deBeurs, CSHS

  • honorable mention in entertainment review

Nicole Farrell, AMCHS

  • 2nd in in-depth news feature

Sydney Garrett, AMCHS

  • 1st in news feature

  • 3rd in photo story

  • 3rd in sports action photo

Rachel Grant, CSHS

  • honorable mention in entertainment photo

Zach Kluver, AMCHS

  • honorable mention in personal column

Kayla Kurmaskie, CSHS

  • honorable mention in entertainment review

  • honorable mention in news feature story

Lisa Liu, CSHS

  • 1st in feature writing

  • honorable mention in feature writing

  • honorable mention in personal column

  • honorable mention in infographic

  • honorable mention in page one design

Alex Miller, CSHS

  • 1st in sports news story

  • 3rd in sports news story

Becky Nam, CSHS

  • 2nd place in student art

Rojas Oliva, AMCHS

  • 3rd in infographic/sidebar

  • 3rd page one design

Stephanie Palazzolo, AMCHS

  • 1st in sports feature photo

  • 1st in portrait

  • 3rd in entertainment feature

  • 3rd in personal column

  • honorable mention in sports page/spread design

Megan Paradowski, CSHS

  • 1st in double truck design

  • honorable mention in in-depth news/feature package

Lily Parsi, CSHS

  • honorable mention in in-depth news/feature package

Julie Potrykus, CSHS

  • 2nd place in feature page design

  • honorable mention in entertainment review

David Rambo, CSHS

  • 1st place in cartoon

Shilpa Saravanan, AMCHS

  • 3rd in in-depth news feature

  • 3rd in entertainment page design

  • 3rd in double truck design

Annie Zhang, AMCHS

  • 2nd in news feature

  • 2nd in feature page design

  • 3rd in feature writing


CSHS students are advised by Courtney Wellmann and assistant adviser Teresa Laffin, while AMCHS students are advised by Michael WIlliams and assistant adviser Chauncey Lindner.


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