Chronicle wins national publication awards

Kristin Kuwada

The Chronicle received the highest publication awards from two national scholastic press associations in March and April.

The National Scholastic Press Association named the Chronicle website an Online Pacemaker winner in the small schools division at the annual spring convention in Los Angeles April 16.

There were 50 finalists named overall, with 14 winners in the large-school category (1,500 or more students) and 11 winners in the small-school division (fewer than 1,500 students).

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association also awarded Chronicle staff the Hybrid Gold Crown at the 92nd annual high school journalism convention in New York on March 18.

The honor is the association’s highest award for scholastic journalism programs and measures the overall quality of the print and digital publications combined. The Chronicle was one of 19 publications to win this award.

In November, the NSPA named the Chronicle newspaper a print Pacemaker winner at the fall convention in Orlando, Fla., one of 29 schools honored with that award.

The Harvard-Westlake journalism program, with a staff of more than 80 students on Chronicle, is one of just three high schools in the country to earn all three national awards this year. The other two schools are Francis Howell North High School in Saint Charles, Mo., which publishes; and Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo., which publishes The Kirkwood Call.

“We work really hard to put out the best content we can, so it’s always rewarding to earn recognition from professionals in the industry,” editor-in-chief Henry Vogel ’16 said. “It’s extra gratifying because we launched our new website this year, and it’s great to see that it’s been a success so far.”