Friday, April 16, 2010

'Aggieland' yearbook wins 3rd straight Silver Crown

Muchas gracias to Mr. Wegener for this item!

Texas A&M’s Aggieland yearbook is a Silver Crown winner for the third straight year. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced its top awards for collegiate publications at the 32nd annual College Media Convention on March 14. Alyssa Peña Smith, 2009 and 2010 Aggieland editor-in-chief, attended the Awards Convocation in New York City.

“We were honored to find out that the 2009 Aggieland was chosen as one of the top nine yearbooks in the country,” Smith said. “All of our hard work was recognized, and we are very proud of our publication.”

Aggieland editors and staff members also won 19 Gold Circle Awards, given by CSPA to recognize superior work by individual student journalists.

Smith, English ’10, and photo editor Doug Klembara, University Studies ’11, received first place awards for yearbook title page, division page and academic spread design.

Smith and Klembara received second place awards for organization or Greeks spread design, student life and sports multi-page presentation, opening and closing spread design, photo portfolio, sports feature photo and sports action photo.

Smith, Klembara, Jose Arredondo, Spanish ‘10, Patrick Clayton, Engineering Technology ’09, Meredith Collier, Communication ’10, and Rachel Hardman, University Studies ’10, took third place for student life spread, photo illustration, academic photo, headline writing and for organization or Greeks spread.

For Crown Awards, yearbooks are judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Judging took place at Columbia University from Dec. 19-21, 2009, by the Board of Crown Judges.

“Through traditional stories and strong storytelling photography, numerous aspects of Aggie life are covered,” judges said of the 2009 Aggieland.

“Clean and simple, yet modern and bold, the typography and white space drive this book’s design. Because of its huge size (624 pages) the large body copy and simple design work to avoid overwhelming the reader.”