The Blueprint recently received the Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Only six Gold Crown Awards were issued.
Georgia Tech's yearbook, the Blueprint, has won one of the nations most prestigious publication awards after competing with hundreds of other colleges and universities.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recently announced its top awards for scholastic publications at the 20th Annual College Media Convention, which was co-sponsored with College Media Advisers, Inc. 431 newspapers, 521 yearbooks, and 230 magazines entered the 1998 Crown Awards Program, representing editions published during the 1996-97 academic year.
Seven college newspapers, six yearbooks, and two magazines received Gold Crown Awards while 24 other college publications received the second highest CSPA award, known as the Silver Crown Award. Gold Crowns have been awarded annually since 1982, and Silver Crowns have been give since 1984.
The Blueprint, having entered in the large school/university category, won a Gold Crown along with other yearbooks from Indiana University, University of Michigan, Kansas State University, The University of Oklahoma, and Northwest Missouri State University. All of the Gold Crown winners except Georgia Tech have either a school of journalism or a department of communication studies.
"It's quite an honor to win considering we are a technical school," commented Student Publications Manger RoseMary Wells. "I'm very proud of the students who worked on it. It is amazing what they accomplished if you consider taking the Blueprint out of the engineering school environment and putting it against it against other large schools nationally."
Wells believes the Blueprint could be even better if other students realized that they could easily get involved with the annual publication here at Tech.
"People sometimes don't even think about yearbook as a creative outlook at Tech but it's here. It's here as a resource, and it's here for people who want to get involved. I don't think people come to a technical school to work on an award-winning publication," said Wells.
She also adds, "I would like to see more high school editors and writers join as well as photographers. We could use many more photographers in addition to the award-winning photographers we already have."
The CPSA functions as an educational press organization providing services to student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and videos in schools and colleges, who join the CSPA as members to receive these services. Owned and operated by Columbia University since 1925, the Association now enrolls 2,000 members throughout North America and in certain overseas schools and colleges.