NOVEMBER 20, 2013

CS Press wins Pacemaker award

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cs pressBOSTON, Mass. – The CS Press was named one of fifteen Pacemaker newspapers in the tabloid category by the National Scholastic Press Association. Cactus Shadows is one of only two high schools in Arizona to receive this award.

The winners were recognized in Boston on November 17 at the Fall National High School Journalism Convention, which members of the CS Press attended. The paper also received second place in the Best in Show category.

 “I was really nervous we weren’t going to get it,” said Scott Warren, editor-in-chief of the CS Press. “It’s really cool because only a handful of schools in the country get this award.”

The NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker contest has awarded general excellence in scholastic newspapers for 86 years. The 2013 Newspaper Pacemaker contest was judged this year by The Miami Herald. The contest yielded more than 300 entries.

Judging is based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, layout and design, and photography, art and graphics.

The CS Press is student-run, led by thirteen student editors with help from faculty advisers Lori Hart and Robert Adamson. There are 30 students in total on the staff of the newspaper, which also has an online presence at

This is the second Pacemaker for the CS Press. They have also received three Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The paper and the web are both run through the Advanced Journalism class at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona.