2018 Raider Yearbook Wins Third CSPA Crown in Four Years; Prep Journalism Program Continues to Thrive

By Maegan Azpiazu, Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12

Upper School journalism students traveled to New York City for the 95th annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Convention where The Raider yearbook staff was awarded a Silver Crown award. The recognition came in the hybrid category, a category in which only 18 books from across the country received this prestigious award.

In October, the 2018 edition of The Raider yearbook earned its third Crown Finalist nod in four years and fourth overall for the Upper School journalism program, putting the school at the top of national student publication rankings.

Pictured, left, is the 2018 yearbook staff (L-R): Ignacio Izquierdo Diaz '19, Nicole Schwyn '19, and Kimberley Cruz '21 (not pictured: Kiara Kamlani '20 and Vanessa Rosales '19).

The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.

In addition to being named a Crown Finalist, the 2018 edition of The Raider earned a National Scholastic Press Association's All-American rating with marks of distinction in Essentials, Coverage, Design and Photography, making it one of the best student-produced yearbook publications in the country. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Prep yearbook has earned this prestigious ranking. The book is also a recipient of Florida Scholastic Press Association's (FSPA) All-Florida rating, making it one of the best in the state, and it earned a CSPA Gold Medalist Certificate with "All Columbian Honors" for Reference.

Led by Prep English faculty member and yearbook adviser Ms. Monica Rodriguez, the Prep journalism program continues to excel year after year. The 2018 Reflections Literary and Arts Magazine, "Nexus," earned NSPA's All-American rating with marks of distinction in Content, Writing and Editing, Photography, Art, Graphics, and Design. A true reflection of collaboration among various departments at the Upper School, this marks the first time the publication has earned this recognition. Reflections also earned FSPA All-Florida and CSPA Gold Medalist recognition.

The Raider Voice newspaper, and news online, also earned a CSPA Gold Medalist Certificate and an NSPA First Class ranking.

All three publications produced at the Prep are "hybrid," as online content is produced via QR codes, Augmented Reality (AR) or websites, all of which is managed and created by students. In fact, Gulliver Prep was one of the first schools in the country to pioneer AR technology as an extension of yearbook coverage back in 2014. For more information about the Prep journalism program, contact Ms. Rodriguez at rodrm@gulliverschools.org.