October 25, 2016
(Pictured front to back, left to right): Sarah Therriault (holding The Highlander newsmagazine's Gold Crown award), Carlyn Kranking (holding The Clan yearbook's Silver Crown award), Zeerick Malik, Shanzeh Umerani, Young In Seo, Aisha Singh, Caroline Watkins and Graham Gibson show off their awards on the steps of Columbia University's campus on March 17, 2016. Students attended training sessions and workshops led by journalists and advisers on the campus for three days.
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School receives one of the highest national honors in scholastic journalism.
McLean High School's "The Highlander" was named a national Crown Award finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) -- one of the highest honors in scholastic journalism across the country for overall excellence. "My students don’t put as much effort as they do into the newsmagazine just for the awards they might win—they do it because they genuinely care about creating a high quality publication that will inform and entertain their readers, said Benedict.