Liberty Student News Website Wins National Awards for Excellence

Apr 20, 2020

Liberty High School’s student news website is a repeat winner of some of the biggest national honors in high school journalism.

For the fifth straight year, Wingspan received the National Scholastic Press Association’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker, in the online publication category. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

In addition, Wingspan earned fourth place in NSPA’s 2020 best of show for a large high school website. 

Also this spring, the website was awarded a Gold Crown by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the fourth year in a row. Wingspan is one of just eight schools in the nation, and two schools in Texas, to earn this distinction in the Digital News category. 

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.

Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence, and Gold is the highest honor. 

A panel of Crown Judges assembles each year at Columbia University to view all entrants, whether they are newspaper, magazines, yearbooks or online media. Judges are experienced former advisers to student media, professional journalists who understand student media or professionals such as photographers or online specialists with particular expertise needed for the judging exercise. They consider all aspects of value to the reader or viewer: content, design or presentation, coverage, photography as well as writing and editing, when selecting schools to be honored for general excellence.

Student journalists at Liberty High School have won numerous national honors over the years under the direction of adviser Brian Higgins. Student Editors-in-Chief for the 2019-20 school year are seniors Lucas Barr and Kasey Harvey. 

Check out the student website at

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