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City council recognizes Crimson Newsmagazine 

Crimson Newsmagazine

The Paso Robles City Council recognized the staff of the Crimson Newsmagazine for getting fifth place Best of Show award at the National Scholastic Press Association high school journalism convention in Washington, D.C., in fall 2014. In the photo: Front row from left, Clay Maggiore, Maureen Pushea, Lauren Wassam, Mae App, Carly Cargill, Aly Kilcrease, Mariela Villa, Mila Robb-Hiteshew, Dominique Rodriguez; back row from left, Superintendent Chris Williams, Sam Mabry, Brandon Kearns, Sadie Mae Mace, Amy Cantrell, Tegan Curren, Marlee Drake, Brandt Goodman, Grant Scheiffele, Eden Peterson, Stephen Preston and Mayer Pohlod.

High school paper places in top 6 at nationals

Paso Robles High School’s Crimson Newsmagazine was recognized for its accomplishments — getting fifth place Best of Show award and placing in the top 6 at the National Scholastic Press Association’s high school convention for the last seven years — at the Paso Robles City Council meeting on Feb. 3.

“It was the first time the [city council] has recognized Crimson, and we are very appreciative,” Paso Robles High School English/journalism teacher and Crimson Newsmagazine advisor Jeff Mount said. “How enjoyable to find that former high school journalists now run the city.”

Mayor Steve Martin started his presentation telling the students that both he and Mayor Pro Tem Fred Strong are former newsmen, and appreciate the hard work that goes into the publication. He told a story of when he first saw the newsmagazine that he thought it was another publication serving the area, then found out it was produced by high school students, and was even more impressed.

Paso Robles High students travelled to the national convention in Washington, D.C., where they submitted work to contests competing against high school journalism students around the country. At the convention they get to meet students with similar interests from varying sized schools and get to attend workshops on various journalism-related topics.

The Crimson competed in the newsmagazine division that identifies the 10 best magazines. The publication is produced in print and online by 27 students. Seniors Carly Cargill, Rachel Cole, Brandon Kearns and Emily Ayer serve as chief editor and managing editors.

Individual awards at national convention

Excellent — second place category:

  • Senior Rachel Cole in news writing
  • Senior Matthew Tyra in sports writing
  • Sophomore Sam Mabry in photo illustration


Honorable mention — third place category

  • Senior Carly Cargill in feature writing
  • Senior Brandon Kearns in commentary
  • Junior Maureen Pushea in logo design
  • Junior Nichole Landon in infographic
  • Sophomore Sadie Mae Mace in editorial

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