J-Day features dozens of awards, plus Best of Show

91 student media received award certificates at state conference

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Oct. 22, 2013 – The awards ceremony that ends J-Day is always fun… a “nerd pep rally,” as one adviser described it, and on Oct. 11 that pep rally took place in the Mountain Vista HS gym.

The first set of awards presented were the All-Colorado awards, with every student medium entered earning one of three achievement levels: Award of Merit, Award of Commendation, and All-Colorado. These ratings were part of the All-Colorado critique service offered to all CHSPA member student media, conducted last summer. Judging results were emailed to advisers in mid-August. All media are judged together, with no special categories for middle school or for varying enrollment sizes. The theory is that a great publication is a great publication, and everyone can strive to meet the standards of the critique.

To browse the list of honorees, please download the award spreadsheet: All-Colorado 2013 results, all media entered

Following an impromptu dance-off, performed by Smoky Hill staff as their pay-off for a bet over a recent football game with Standley Lake, we moved on to Best of Show.

Only media with students in attendance at J-Day were eligible to enter, and all entries were uploaded through our contest site. Jim McGonnell, MJE, retired adviser from Findley, Ohio, who advised nationally-recognized student newspapers and broadcasts for over three decades, judged newspaper and broadcast categories. Sara Kennedy, the 1994 Iowa High School Journalist of the Year, and how a special projects editor at the Seattle Times, judged yearbook and websites.

Websites entered the url of their site, while broadcasts entries entered one program from this school year, uploaded to a hosting site such as Vimeo or Youtube. Newspapers entered a front page and two other pages published this school year, while yearbooks entered three photographs plus accompanying captions (all to be published in the 2014 book).

Due to number of entries, yearbook and newspaper entries were divided by enrollment in to two classes: 5A and 4A/3A, and middle schools competed with their high school elders. Winners (with links to the websites and broadcasts) are below:




  1. Legend / The Forum
  2. Arapahoe / Arapahoe Herald
  3. Rock Canyon / The Rock
    Honorable Mention –  Rocky Mountain / Highlander

4A/3A (combined)

  1. Standley Lake / The Lake
  2. Englewood / The Pirateer
  3. Kent Denver / Sun Devils’ Advocate

Video Broadcast

  1. Rampart / KRAM
  2. Rock Canyon / RCTV
  3. Montrose / Channel M


  1. Castle View / The View News
  2. Fossil Ridge / Etched In Stone
  3. Fairview / Royal Banner News Network
    Honorable mention –  Monarch / MHS HOWLER



  1. Smoky Hill / Summit
  2. Chaparral / Golden Images
  3. Arvada West / The Claw
    Honorable Mention –  Arapahoe / Calumet

4A/3A (combined)

  1. Eaton / Eatonian
  2. Sierra MS / Eagle Eye View
  3. Rocky Heights MS / The Nighthawk
    Honorable Mention –  Montrose / The Chief


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