On Friday, September 20, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, an international student press organization run by Columbia University, announced their annual awards for student work published in the 2012-2013 school year. The Gold Circle Awards are the highest level of recognition for individual achievement that CSPA offers. The Gold Circle awards cover 4 student publication categories: Newspaper, Yearbook, Magazine, and Website/Digital Media. 12,847 entries were submitted overall for the 2012-2013 awards.
The Beacon (after not winning a single award the previous year) won five Gold Circle awards. Senior Nathan Davis won 3rd place in “News Writing” for his article “School Board Candidates.” Class of 2013 graduate Shane Achenbach and Junior Claire Parker won honorable mention in “News Writing” for their article “Boundaries to Change.” Former student Anna Viemose won 3rd place in “Personal Opinion: On Campus Issues” for her article “Wilson’s Dress Code for Curves.” Senior Evan Hamlin and Junior Claire Parker won honorable mention in “Sports News Writing” for their article “Tigers Disqualified.” Class of 2013 graduates Izzy Jensen and Sasha Pfeiffer won honorable mention in “Single Subject News or Feature Package, two pages, double-truck or special section design tabloid format” for their layout of the double truck “Body Images.”