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Below, please enjoy noteable awards given to The Talon.
The Talon won a Silver Crown at the CSPA 94th annual convention this month (see link and online description below) for the 2016-2017 school year editions (editors-in-chief Jackson Monroe '17 and Chris Oldham '17; photography editor Trip Hurley '18; poetry editor Max Johns '18; prose editor Kyle Kauffman '18; junior editor Ashby Shores '19).
NEW YORK, NY - The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the CSPA 94th Annual Convention.
This year 1,100 digital, print newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2016-2017 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2018 Crown Awards Program.
The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all-eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.
Updated on 04.09.18:Michael Deng '18 earned national recognition with a Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the Film & Animation category for his film Under the Windhorse.
National winners have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. For a full list of medalists, visit artandwriting.org. Congratulations to Michael on this acheivement.
Woodberry students piled up numerous honors in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and three students advanced out of the regional competition to national judging. Michael Deng ’18 won two golden keys in the film and animation category for movies he’s produced during his time at Woodberry. Both Under the Windhorse
and I'm Your Brother
advanced to national judging.
Michael shot Under the Windhorse
in August 2016 in the mountainous region of Liangshan in Sichuan province. In it, he records the story of a college student who returns from studying in Beijing to her home region to teach Chinese in a remote village. China’s Liangshan Mountains are home to Tibetan people whose geographical isolation limits their educational and career opportunities. Michael screened his film for the student body of Woodberry Forest in April 2017 and was supported in his project by the Class of 2008 Community Service grant, which helped him purchase or rent the equipment needed for the film. “Woodberry gave me the resources I needed to pursue my passion,” Michael says.
Michael also won a silver key in the dramatic script category for I’m Your Brother
. Max Johns ’18 won a gold key for his short story, “The Neighborhood,” and Rhew Diegl ’20 won a gold key for his short story, “The Court of Law.” Those also advance to national judging. Rhew said his story was inspired by reading James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake
. “Joyce liked to hide little tidbits of jokes or pop culture references in his writing, so I tried to do the same with The Court of Law,” Rhew said. “Part of what editing with peers teaches me is how to explain myself and hold myself accountable for what I write; before edits, the story contain a lot of images and scenarios that seemed cool but didn’t line up together, and the editors are pushing me to fix these flaws.”
Other honorees for Woodberry in the regional competition include:
Blythe Brewster ’20, silver key in science fiction/fantasy for “Attack” and honorable mention in poetry for two works: “War of Words” and “E Pluribus Unum.”
Riley Fletcher ’19, silver key in poetry for “The Bunnyman of Colchester Road.”
Willis He ’21, silver key in photography for his photo "Underground King."
Jang Woo Park ’19, silver key in the memoir category for “To Myself at Home” and honorable mention in photography for "Volar."
Luke Christy ’21, honorable mention in poetry for “A Mother’s Withdrawal” and “The Camper of Life.”
Trip Hurley ’18, honorable mention in mixed media for "Where Are Our Minds?" and honorable mention in photography for "Sete."
Kyle Kauffman ’18, honorable mention in poetry for “Backwash.”
Several of the poems, photographs and paintings that won awards were featured in the most recent edition of The Talon
, Woodberry’s student-edited literary magazine. Others are expected to be published in the spring issue.
At the 93rd annual convention last week, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced that The Talon
earned a top conference award, a 2017 Silver Crown.
The 2015-2016 editions of The Talon were edited by David Willis ('16), Rob Prater ('16), Adrian Cheung ('16), Evan Backer ('16), Chris Oldham ('17), Jackson Monroe ('17), Max Johns ('18), Kyle Kauffman ('18), and Trip Hurley ('18).
2017 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Congratulations to Michael Deng. He won a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
His award winning photograph, "Home Sweet Home," will be on display at the national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 8, 2017. Michael also earned a National Silver Medal for the photograph "Dustless."
Southeast Region of the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Woodberry Forest students made a strong showing in photography and painting, and for the first time, in film and animation in the Southeast Region of the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing awards. Specific awards are listed below in alphabetical order.
All Gold Key winners advance to the judging for National Medalists, which will be announced online on Tuesday, March 14th.
Gold Key, Photography: “Home Sweet Home”
Gold Key, Photography: “Dustless”
Gold Key, Photography: “Dandelion”
Silver Key, Film & Animation: “Family Under the Roof”
Honorable Mention, Painting: “Oasis Drumming”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Sea Wolves”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Sun Bathe”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Ika”
Gold Key, Photography: “You’ve Got Mail!”
Gold Key, Photography: “Rise”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Beauty’s Grave”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Among Goblins”
Jang Woo Park
Gold Key, Photography: “Arch”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Travel”
Silver Key, Art (Photography) Portfolio: “A New View”
Honorable Mention, Photography: “Ohio”
Silver Key, Painting: “Underneath”
Silver Key, Painting: “The Met”
Five Woodberry students were recognized for their exemplary writing out of more than 1,200 submissions to the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the DC Metro Region. Students are listed below in alphabetical order.
An awards ceremony will be held at the Gala Theatre in Washington, DC on March 5th.
Silver Key, Flash Fiction: “Phobia”
Honorable Mention, Poetry: “Winter Rose”
Silver Key, Poetry: “A Moment Hasn’t Passed”
Gold Key, Flash Fiction: “Salty”
Silver Key, Poetry: “In Biology Class”
Honorable Mention, Short Story: “Forgotten”
June Pyo Suh
Gold Key, Poetry: “Grandma WonOk’s Chuseok”
Read about The Talon on the NSPA website. The organization awarded the Spring 2015 issue its Pacemaker honor!
At the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles on Saturday, the National Scholastic Press Association awarded the editors of the spring 2015 edition of The Talon the highest conference award, a 2015 Magazine Pacemaker.
Please congratulate current editors Rob Prater, David Willis, Chris Oldham, Adrian Cheung, and Max Johns as well as former editors Andrew Harris '15 and Alec Campbell '15.
- 2015 Magazine Pacemaker Winners
- Connotations, Fayetteville HS, Fayetteville, AR
- The Mark, Menlo Atherton HS, Atherton, CA
- Inkblot, Kealing MS, Austin, TX
- Vibrato, Hockaday School, Dallas, TX
- The Talon, Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, VA
From the Student Press website: Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication – online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.
A Woodberry student earned two Silver Keys in the 2016 International Scholastic awards in writing:
June Pyo Suh Writing Silver Key Flash Fiction "Aporia"
June Pyo Suh Writing Silver Key Poetry "Matter of Course"
Woodberry Forest students earned 22 medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards for the Southeast Region.
Four Woodberry students earned Scholastic Gold Key Awards and will have their work advanced to the national contest. Results will be announced March 14.
Spencer Goodwin Art Gold Key Mixed Media "Space Dunk"
KJ Pankratz Art Gold Key Drawing and Illustration "50 Miles"
Andrew Holmes Art Gold Key Photography "Saddle"
Daniel Japhet Art Gold Key Photography "Crystal Waterfall"
Four Silver Keys were also awarded.
Rob Prater Art Silver Key Photography "Kandor"
Trip Hurley Art Silver Key Photography "Las Grietas"
Clay Tydings Art Silver Key Photography "Clockwork"
Daniel Japhet Art Silver Key Photography "Pudong Lamppost"
Honorable mentions were earned by the following students:
Tiger Wu Art (3) Honorable Mention Painting Coleman, Nolan, and Chris; Painting Self-Portrait; Drawing and Illustration Hakuna Matata
KJ Pankratz Art Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration Believe
Andrew Holmes Art (5) Honorable Mention Photography Morning's Call, Time to Dry, In the Spirit, Placid Waters, Morale
Trip Hurley Art (2) Honorable Mention Photography Flippers, Playa Mann
Rob Prater Art (2) Honorable Mention Photography Pluto's City, Up Late
Clay Tydings Art Honorable Mention Photography Everlasting Love
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
announced the 2015 PRESLM awards (Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines).
The Talon 2014-2015 was ranked "Superior--Nominated for the Highest Award" by the judges.
Congratulations on this award to our current staff who edited these issues of the magazine: Editors-in-chief Rob Prater and David Willis, design editor Adrian Cheung, art editor Chris Oldham, and assistant editor Max Johns. Andrew Harris ('15), Alec Campbell ('15), and Brad Harris also served as editors for the 2014-2015 issues of The Talon.
2016 Scholastic Art and Writing awards in the D.C
Three students from Woodberry Forest won awards for writing in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing awards in the D.C. Metro region. There were more than 1,500 submissions in the contest.
: Gold Key for "Dreams of China, and Never the Same"David Willis
: Gold Key for "Aisle 18"Sam Carter
: Silver Key for "Bienvenidos a Medellin" Short StoryDavid Willis
: Honorable Mention for "It Started with the Pinkie"
Gold Key writing will be considered for national medals, which will be announced on March 14th by Scholastic.
The D.C. Metro Scholastic Art and Writing awards ceremony will be held March 6th at the Gala Theatre in Washington. More information is listed at the Writopia Lab link below. Writopia DC Region Scholastic Awards 2016
Art and photography Southeast Regional awards for Scholastic will be announced by February 3rd.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced Tuesday, September 29, 2015, that The Talon is a 2016 Crown finalist.
The Talon also ranked as a CSPA Gold Medalist with All-Columbian Honors for visual design for the 2014-2015 editions of the magazine.
- The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.
- Crown Finalists are not nominees but actual winners. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2016.
- The CSPA offers three annual competitions to honor excellence in student publishing: Medalist Critiques for written evaluation, Crown Awards for overall excellence and Gold Circle Awards for individual student recognition. (from the CSPA web site; see link below)
Congratulations on this award to our current staff: editors-in-chief Rob Prater and David Willis, design editor Adrian Cheung, art editor Chris Oldham, and assistant editor Max Johns. Andrew Harris ('15), Alec Campbell ('15), and Brad Harris also served as editors for the 2014-2015 issues of The Talon.
The Talon editors earned the highest rating from the National Scholastic Press Association of "All American" for literary arts magazines with four marks of distinction for content, writing and editing, layout, and concept.
Congratulations on this award to our current staff: editors-in-chief Rob Prater and David Willis, design editor Adrian Cheung, art editor Chris Oldham, and assistant editor Max Johns. Andrew Harris ('15), Alec Campbell ('15), and Brad Harris also served as editors on the 2014-2015 issues of The Talon.
The contributions of talented authors, photographers, and artists to the 2014-2015 issues made this award possible. Here are a few comments from the judges:
- I am deeply impressed by the quality of the writing included in both magazines.... Keep doing what you're doing. You have a school/community of incredibly talented writers.
- Photography: Wow. What stunning pieces you have included in these issues. You do a beautiful job of using the photographs to their best and most powerful appeal in your layout design.... What these photographs have in common is that they are powerful on their own, no design was necessary to make them shine...The balance of the shapes and colors in these photos is well executed in addition to the uniqueness of the concept of the photo.
- What a beautifully produced set of magazines. There are so many layouts that are powerful in design, and by that I mean that they are visually arresting as well as using good design principles to unify the content in a consistent way. I noticed that the greatest strength in both issues is the use of the subtle background to tie the writing to the art or the photography.
2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Southeast Region-at-Large
Gold Key Award for "Giants" & Honorable Mention for "Yangshuo" Photographer: Rob Prater
Gold Key Award for "New View" Photographer: David Gussler
Gold Key Award for "Hikers" Photographer: Jordan Silberman
Drawing and Illustration
Honorable Mention for "Buzz Buzz" Artist: Spencer Goodwin
Silver Key Award for Poetry, "Winter's Wake" Author: Andrew Harris
Silver Key Award for Flash Fiction, "In Pursuit of Beaver" Author: Robert Willis
Honorable Mention for Short Story, "Burning Belles" Author: Jack Creasy
Honorable Mention for Flash Fiction, "The Unseeing" Author: Caleb Rogershttp://www.artandwriting.org/National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recognized The Talon 2013-2104 for excellence in student literary magazines with a "Superior" award. The Talon was compared with literary magazines from public and private schools across the state of Virginia and judged to be of the highest quality.
Congratulations to the writers, artists, review boards, and the editors of The Talon 2013-2014:
• Design Editors: Davis Teague '14 & Anna Grey Hogan '14 • Text Editors: Kiefer McDowell '14 & Sterling Street '14
• Jr Editors: Adrian Cheung, Alec Campbell, Andrew Harris, Brandon Neath
• Editorial Assistants: Brad Harris, Chris Oldham, Rob Prater
For more information, visit the NCTE website: http://www.ncte.org/awards/student/PRESLM
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) rated the The Talon 2013-14 as a "Gold Medalist" for literary art magazines.
• The Talon
2013-2014 Senior Editors
• Design Editors Anna Grey Hogan '14 and Davis Teague '14
• Text Editors Kiefer McDowell '14 and Sterling Street '14
• The Talon
2013-2014 Editorial Staff
• Jr editors Adrian Cheung, Alec Campbell, Andrew Harris, and Brandon Neath
• Editorial assistants Brad Harris, Chris Oldham, and Rob Prater
National Scholastic Press Association
The Talon editors for 2013-2014 received the National Scholastic Press Association's highest honor of "All-American."
Marks of distinction were earned in the following four areas:
• Photography, Art, Graphics, and Typography
The Talon 2013-2014 senior editors included Design Editors Anna Grey Hogan '14 and Davis Teague '14 and Text Editors Kiefer McDowell '14 and Sterling Street '14. Junior editors were Adrian Cheung, Alec Campbell, Andrew Harris, and Brandon Neath. Editorial assistants were Brad Harris, Chris Oldham, and Rob Prater.