Cha-Ching: Chariot Takes Gold

By Rachel Houng


The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) recently released the winners of its Gold Circle Awards for entries accepted from October 2, 2020, to October 12, 2021. This year, 4,132 applicants applied among 91 categories. Entries are accepted from various education levels including those at colleges, universities, and secondary schools. There were 606 winners among all 91 categories. The Chariot won two awards for this year.


Source by Kaitlyn Bell

Senior Gregory Marzano, junior Anna Detke and senior Hannah Kim beam with pride after being recognized for CSPA Gold Circle Awards.


Anna Detke was awarded for her photography. Her picture in “Farewell Fall Sports,” gained attention from CSPA under the category “Single sports photograph.”


“I take photos in the gym, sitting in the area where there are no bleachers. When I was taking that picture, Benjamin Mammen was diving for the ball very close to me, which is why his hand was out of focus. At the same time, I was trying to turn away to protect the lens because it was not my lens. I also needed to make sure the photo was in focus,” Chariot staff photographer Anna Detke said.


Despite the fact that COVID-19 brought low points of mental health, The Chariot published articles about the importance of taking care of students' mental health. “Staff Editorial: Moving Forward with Mental Health” received a certificate of merit under the category "Editorial Writing."


The current editors-in-chief are proud of their accomplishment and acknowledged the difficulties in writing this article during COVID-19.


“It felt amazing to be recognized because I wrote an article about mental health, which is such an important issue to me. Since we were in the COVID-19 pandemic, we got a chance to talk about mental health especially during a time of isolation. It was the first editorial that I had written with Greg, and it was our first time writing as part of Chariot staff,” co-editor-in-chief of The Chariot Hannah Kim said.


“I think that mental health is a very important issue to highlight, and I am ecstatic that our editorial was recognized. We worked on it back when The Chariot was working completely online, so Hannah and I were in a breakout room on Google Meets, working on the editorial rather than in-person, which was pretty difficult,” co-editor-in-chief of The Chariot Gregory Marzano said.


This is the first time that The Chariot has been recognized at this level, and the first time the paper was submitted as a digital media site, which makes the accomplishment even more special.