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High school journalism students win big at national convention 

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The Crimson wins sixth place in best of show award for news magazines

Paso Robles High School’s Crimson news magazine won sixth place Best of Show award at the Fall 2013 National Scholastic Press Association’s journalism convention in Boston.

The Crimson placed in the highly competitive newsmagazine division that identifies the best ten high school magazines in the nation. Some 5,500 students representing 400 student publication convention. It is the program’s sixth consecutive top-10 finish since 2009.

Seven journalism students at Paso Robles High School also placed highly in competition against journalists from other states. Individual winners include the following.

Superior – NSPA first place category

  • Carly Cargill, grade 11, Feature Writing)
  • Sydney Matteson, grade 12, Advertising Design)
  • Jordan Nevosh, grade 12, Infographic Design)

Excellent – NSPA second place category

  • Danae Ontiveros, grade 11, Logo Design)

Honorable – NSPA third place category

  • Amy Cantrell, grade 11, Editorial Writing)
  • Angela Lorenzo, grade 12, Newsmag Layout)
  • Matt Tyra, grade 11, Sports Writing)


Crimson is the print magazine from the 25-student journalism program at the high school that was named an NSPA Pacemaker Finalist, the NSPA’s highest honor, in September 2011. Its publications have received four consecutive NSPA All American rankings.

Students Jordan Nevosh, Courtney Thompson, Sydney Matteson, and Angela Lorenzo lead the high school program as chief editor and managing editors. Most Crimson staffers pursue journalism or communications in college and beyond. Crimson’s web journalism can be found at

Teacher Jeff Mount advises the Crimson. He has taught high school journalism for 20 years and high school English for 24 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.


About the author: Publisher Scott Brennan

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