Jupiter High’s yearbook wins national award


Lindsey Fine

Yearbook staffer, junior Megan Palmieri looks through the award-winning yearbook “Try to Keep Up” while wearing a Columbia University sweatshirt she bought at CSPA last spring. She and the staff got paper gold crowns in celebration of their award.

Jupiter High School’s 2019 Chieftain yearbook has been honored as a 2020 CSPA Crown finalist, one of the top awards in the nation for student journalism. 

The award is given to only 56 yearbooks across the U.S., and 1,145 publications were submitted for judging.

“The award is from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. There are levels divided by medals and crowns,” senior co-editor-in-chief Hayley Gomez said.

Being a finalist means they have already won a Crown and that the publication is in the running to win the highest award, known as a Gold Crown. Thirteen Gold Crowns and 43 Silver Crowns are awarded annually.

“The award means that our yearbook will be considered the best of thousands in our nation not only for our individual pages, but for the book as a whole,” Gomez said.

This is the first year the Chieftain has won a crown; although they have won medals in the past, Crowns are a bigger accomplishment.

“In March, we go to New York City to attend a conference to find out whether we won gold or silver,” senior Sophie Skeisvoll said.

The award will be accepted by senior editors-in-chief Madison Cook and Libby Kondik.