For the first time since 1994, Hotchkiss students won Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Nicholas Lorentzen '20, Tina Guo '19, and Michael Zhang '21 received top honors for their individual work in last year's Hotchkiss Record. Lorentzen won first place in the Single Sports News Photography category for his image titled "Color Run," depicting students crossing the finish line at the Color Run last spring. Zhang won first place in Sidebar Writing for his piece, "The Danger of Complacency," on the aftermath of last year's Parkland shooting. Guo won a certificate of merit in the Cartoon Portfolio of Work category for her contributions in three separate issues.
Founded in 1925, the CSPA recognizes student achievement in digital and print media. The CSPA is composed of teachers and advisors who promote student press at both the high school and college level. Each year, the Association gives out awards to individual students and to school publications that are members of the CSPA. The Gold Circle Awards include 166 different categories; this year, there were a total of 11,493 entries.