Flare takes top national honor


The Flare, KC’s weekly newspaper, is one of only two college papers in the nation to receive 2013 Gold Crown (first place) awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The Gold Crown awards were presented at the CSPA’s Awards Convocation in March in New York City. Joining Kilgore as a Gold Crown national winner was the Indiana Daily Student newspaper from Indiana University.

The Flare’s Gold Crown was awarded for the 11 issues published in Spring 2012 when Kasi Dickerson, of Van, was editor.

Newspaper adviser for Kilgore College’s newspaper is Bettye Craddock. Photography adviser is O. Rufus Lovett.

Six college newspapers were awarded Silver Crown (second place) awards by Columbia.  They included the publications at Baylor University,

Princeton University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Alabama, Northwest Missouri State University and Santa Ana College (Calif.).

A total 1,344 newspapers, digital, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2011-2012 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2013 Crown Awards program.

The publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Take a look at the Orange County landmarks to visit.

Operated by Columbia University since 1925, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs.