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– Paso Robles High School’s Crimson Newsmagazine had a double win at the Fall 2016 NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 10-13. Crimson won 7th place Best of Show website and 8th Place Best of Show Tabloid Newspaper. Also, 7 PRHS students from also placed in the top 12-percent from 1500 students in journalism skills contests. Crimson placed in the divisions that identify the 10 best publications at the nearly 4000-student, 400-school convention attended by the top programs in the country. It is the program’s tenth top-10 finish since 2008 and first-ever double title.

Seven Crimson students placed also in skills contests, earning awards in: Excellent (NSPA 2nd Place category) Sabrina Hernandez, grade 12 (Commentary) Mason Seden-Hansen, grade 11 (Editorial) Honorable Mention (NSPA 3rd Place category) Brenna Collins, grade 11 (Review) Jessica Jagger, grade 10 (Feature) Sarah Jagger, grade 10 (Sports) Sadie Mae Mace, grade 12 (News) Lauren Wassam, grade 12 (Infographic) Crimson produces print and online media in a 27-student journalism program aligned to CA Career Technical Standards. It has received six consecutive NSPA All American rankings. Seniors Sadie Mae Mace, Valeria Cisneros, Sam Mabry, and Lauren Wassam are two- and three-year journalism students who lead the PRHS program as chief editors and managing editors.

The program is also the reigning Best Newspaper in the tri-county area (SLO, SB, Ventura). Crimson’s website can be found at Crimson’s print issues are collected at Fifteen PRHS students attended the convention, which offers inspirational learning sessions taught by media professionals and competition with the top scholastic media programs in the country from both public and private schools. Crimson is preparing to attend the Spring National Convention in Seattle in April 2017.

Teacher Jeff Mount advises the Crimson. He has taught high school journalism for 24 years and high school English for 27 years.

The National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association are non-profit education organizations striving to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, improve the quality of student media, and foster careers in the field. For more information, visit

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