FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
CONTACT: TERRY R. CASSREINO
PHONE: (601) 454-7419
MADISON (Friday, March 23, 2018) – The Bear Facts, St. Joseph Catholic School’s student-newspaper, has been named one of the nation’s top high school newspapers by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York.
The Bear Facts received a Silver Crown Award, placing it among the top 49 newspapers. This year, 1,100 digital, print newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published in the United States and at oversea schools following an American plan of education were eligible for the award.
“What an amazing accomplishment,” St. Joe Principal Dena Kinsey said. “It’s exciting and rewarding to see our students’ hard work recognized on a national level by such as esteemed organization as the CSPA. This honor speaks volumes about our high school journalism program and the high quality education we offer at St. Joe.”
St. Joseph Catholic School provides students in Grades 7-12 a rigorous college preparatory education grounded in the teachings of the Catholic church. The school is in Madison on Mississippi 463, about a mile west of Interstate 55.
St. Joseph was founded in 1870 by the Sisters of Mercy. The school is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and AdvancED. Niche.com named St. Joe Mississippi’s No. 1 Catholic high school in 2016 and again in 2017.
High school journalism is among several electives available for students in Grades 9-12.
Besides The Bear Facts, journalism students also produce the school yearbook The Shield, a weekly video newscast Bruin News Now and live sports coverage on Bruin Sports Radio, which is webcast live online as well as live over-the-air on WJXC Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio, 107.9.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1925, is based Columbia University in New York City. Members include student-edited and student-produced newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media at U.S. schools and overseas schools that follow an American plan of education.
The CSPA sponsors several national competitions that include the Gold Circle Award, honoring students for work they produce, and the Crown Awards, the highest recognition given to a student publication for overall excellence.
St. Joe sophomore Joe Pearson won second place last fall in the 2017 Gold Circle Awards for Sports Commentary. His entry was a column he wrote last year for The Bear Facts about Bruin baseball Coach Gerard McCall’s unlikely path to high school coaching.
The Bear Facts was among 34 high schools in the United States and overseas recognized with a Silver Crown Award for overall excellence. Another 15 schools received the highest award for their newspaper, a Gold Crown.
“I am so proud of our staff and the work we all produced,” said Blaine Turner, a senior and editor of The Bear Facts for the 2017-2018 school year. “We all work very hard on each edition of our newspaper. And for us to be recognized nationally is a major achievement.”
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