Seashore Only NJ Middle School Named 2017 CSPA Crown Finalist

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LONG BRANCH, October 22 – Seashore Only NJ Middle School Named 2017 CSPA Crown Finalist   One week after earning 2016 Gold Medalist Status and All Columbian Honors in the Verbal Category from Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, students at The Seashore School in Long Branch were named a 2017 Crown Finalist for Seashore Student Views.

According to CSPA Executive Director Edmund Sullivan, 24 print newspapers and 56 hybrid newspapers were chosen as Finalists for the CSPA Crown Awards to be presented in March 2017 at ceremonies in New York City. The news publications were published during the 2015-16 academic year.

“The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members.  Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,190 publications were eligible for judging,” Sullivan said.

“Crown Finalists are actual winners, not nominees. Some will be announced as Gold Crowns; the rest are Silver Crowns,” he said.

This is the second year in a row Seashore was the only middle school in NJ and one of three in the USA to receive a Crown, which is the highest award for student publishing issued by Columbia University.

Written by and for students at the private school, Seashore Student Views was evaluated on 140 criteria against a national standard of middle to high school newspapers in the 2016 Medalist Critique – earning 925 out of 1,000 points overall and missing a perfect score by just 75 points. Produced twice a year, this was the 12th award for Seashore Student Views, which garnered 108 outstanding marks in content and design.

“You have done an outstanding job covering every facet of the school community,” said a CSPA judge, calling the editorials Are We Next and Dump Trump “powerful and well written.”

Seashore Principal and Director John Villapiano commended the Seashore Student Views staff on another Ivy League win. “Last March 18, we watched Seashore Editor In Chief Jonathan Rasnitsyn and Editorial Page Editor Joe Shalom receive a 2016 Silver Crown with journalists from as far away as London, Indonesia and China. We are proud of the work our students have done and honored once again to be considered among the top middle and high school student publications throughout the world, ” he said.

The Seashore School, which opened in 1974, is designed for families who want a smaller class size and more progressive curriculum than their town offers, at an affordable tuition. Starting with preschool, the curriculum includes foreign language, computers, science and swim lessons, along with training in dance, music, drama and art. The approach to education is so successful that students win academic competitions, score in the top percentile in standard exams, are recognized nationally for achievement and typically gain acceptance into the high schools of their choice. For more information, please call 732-222-6464 or visit


Caption: CROWNED AGAIN Seashore Only NJ Middle School Named 2017 CSPA Crown Finalist   Last March 18, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Rasnitsyn and Editorial Page Editor Joe Shalom were presented with a 2016 Silver Crown at the Award Convocation at Columbia University with students as far away as Indonesia, China and London. This is the second year in a row, the staff has been selected among the top student publications throughout the world.