Midway, U-Highlights win national recognition


Nicky Edwards-Levin, Sports Editor

Staffers from the U-High Midway and U-Highlights received several national awards in the past month.

The U-High Midway website received a top national award and four “best of show” awards from the National Student Press Association. Results were announced by video April 17 because the national convention was canceled.

The Midway website was one of 16 national winners of the Online Pacemaker. The Midway had previously been named a finalist. 

The Best of Show awards were opened to any participating school in the nation, not just those attending the convention. The Midway received: 

Third place, newspaper tabloid (16 or fewer pages)

Third place, website (enrollment fewer than 1,500 students)

Fifth place, COVID-19 coverage (online news/feature package)

Tenth place, podcast

Assistant Managing Editor Leland Culver, who manages the Midway’s website, said that winning the Pacemaker award was a good reflection of the progress the Midway has made.

“I’ve worked really hard with Mr. Aimone, Amanda and the editors-in-chief to make the website more consistent, better presented and easier to navigate, and it’s really satisfying to see that work reflected in our award,” Leland, a senior, said.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City announced March 20 that the Midway newspaper received a Silver Crown Award. The Crown status had been announced last fall.

Also in March, six U-High entries received awards in the spring 2020 Gold Circle Awards from CSPA, which recognize work from student yearbooks and digital media publications published from Oct. 2, 2018, through Oct. 1, 2019. 

Mira Costello, first-person experience, third place, “It’s OK Not to Know How to Help with an Eating Disorder”

Risa Cohen, art/illustration: hand-drawn, first place for “Sled the City,” and second place for “Too Hot to Handle”

Gabriel Ran, yearbook sports feature writing, certificate of merit, “Players Must ‘Bee’ Careful”

Ananya Asthana and Natalie Bakwin, yearbook informational graphics: single, second place, “Faculty and Staff”

Natalie Bakwin and Grace Watson, ‘19, yearbook division page design, third place