2009 Agromeck • John Cooper Elias, editor

NEW YORK, NY – The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications March 14. The NCSU yearbook, the Agromeck, received the organization’s highest award, a Gold Crown. Only three college yearbooks nationwide received the highest award.

This year 1,558 magazines, newspapers, yearbooks and online publications of the current CSPA members were eligible to enter the Crown Awards. Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics.

John Cooper Elias, a 2009 graduate in communication and now an intern with the Wolfpack Club, was the editor of the 2009 edition, the 107th consecutive edition of the book. Other senior staff members included: Bryant Robbins, design editor and now a junior in business administration; Michele Chandler, photo editor and now a senior in communication; Taylor McCune, assignments editor and 2009 graduate in communication.

Six college magazines, three newspapers, one online magazine, five online newspapers, and three yearbooks received Gold Crown Awards while 26 other college publications received the second highest CSPA award, known as the Silver Crown. Gold Crowns have been presented annually since 1982, and Silver Crowns have been given since 1984.

The judging panel included: Leah Bailey, associate art director, Cigar Aficionado magazine, New York; Peter Bobkowski, instructor and former adviser, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Bobby Hawthorne, author and former director of ILPC, Austin, Texas; Monica Hill, director, North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, Chapel Hill, NC; Michelle Hoover, former journalist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York; Dave Johnson, instructor and author, New York; Mark Murray, coordinator of technology systems, Arlington Independent School District, Arlington, Texas; C. Bruce Watterson, former chief communications officer, The Darlington School, Rome, Georgia; and David Wiegand, retired adviser, Wausau, Wisc.

College Yearbook Gold Crowns
Agromeck, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Sooner, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

College Magazines Silver Crowns
Ampersand, Webster University, St. Louis, MO;
Blue Moon, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA;
Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Dollars and Sense, Baruch College, New York, NY;
Ethos, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Kiosk, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
Miscellany, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC;
Skald, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY;
The Meadow, Truckee Meadows Community, Reno, NV.

Gold Circle

In addition, CSPA announced the following recipients of their individual Gold Circle Awards. Sixteen NCSU students won 23 separate awards.

  • John Cooper Elias and Bryant Robbins, first place, sports multi-page presentation
  • Staff, first place, student life multi-page presentation
  • John Cooper Elias and Bryant Robbins, first place, division page
  • Lydia Raines, second place, student life spread
  • Susannah Brinkley and Bryant Robbins, second place, informational graphics
  • John Cooper Elias and Bryant Robbins, second place, index
  • Alison Harman, second place, personality profile
  • John Cooper Elias, second place, academic writing
  • Derek Medlin, second place, sports feature writing
  • Bryant Robbins, third place, design portfolio
  • Staff, third place, caption/cutline writing
  • Taylor McCune, third place, personality profile
  • Taylor McCune, third place, academic writing
  • John Cooper Elias and Carly Swanson, certificate of merit, organization spread
  • John Cooper Elias and Bryant Robbins, certificate of merit, opening/closing spreads
  • Tim O’Brien, certificate of merit, photo portfolio
  • Dreier Carr, certificate of merit, feature photo
  • Peggy Boone, certificate of merit, feature photo
  • Luis Zapata, certificate of merit, academic photo
  • Matt Moore, certificate of merit, sports feature photo
  • Lindsay Hall and Kate Shefte, certificate of merit, sports writing
  • Taylor McCune, certificate of merit, feature writing
  • Danielle Juris, certificate of merit, feature writing

Written by Bradley Wilson

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