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RCHS student newspaper receives national recognition

Eight Rock Canyon High School students in media and news and advisor Kristi Rathburn attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s awards ceremony on March 15 at Columbia University. RCHS won the Silver Crown Award. Left to right: Camille Olsen, Shea Thompson, Ali Gustafson, Claudia Llado, Claire Bauer, Chloe Farson, Alyssa Cook, and Claire Yeater.


The Rock, Rock Canyon High School’s (RCHS) online student newspaper, won the Silver Crown Award at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) 100th annual spring convention. Crown Awards recognize overall excellence in either print or digital student publications, chosen by a panel of judges.

Fifteen students and three adult chaperones from RCHS’s student media traveled to the CSPA event held at Columbia University in New York. Students attended three days of conference sessions prior to the awards ceremony on March 15.

“I was honored to accept the award. It is cliché, but we really do put our blood, sweat and tears into the publication, and to see that hard work payoff is satisfying,” said Claire Bauer, Editor-in-Chief of The Rock. “As a senior, it is also a nice close to my time on the staff.”

The Rock was one of 28 publications from around the country in the High School Digital News category to receive a Gold or Silver Crown Award. This is the fifth time RCHS has won the Crown Award, under advisor Kristi Rathbun, who oversees the newspaper and yearbook.

“As a publication, we continue to receive the highest awards in high school journalism almost every year. We are one of a few schools in the district and state that has maintained a level of national excellence for the past 15 years,” concluded Claire.

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