Distraction Magazine and the Ibis Yearbook also were recognized among the top student publications in the country by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA)  during a ceremony on March 14 in New York City.
Distraction/distractionmagazine.com and Ibis Yearbook 2013 staffs walked away each with a Gold Crown, the highest honor one can receive from the CSPA. Distraction was honored as a hybrid or combined print and digital/online publication.
“The Gold Crown is the highest honor that you can receive from CSPA. These publications go through a second round of judging after the normal critiques and medalists honors. The second set of 12 judges have no clue as to the previous rating or honor for the entries,” said Randy Stano, Ibis and Distraction adviser.
The University of Miami was one of three universities to walk away with two Gold Crowns.  Distraction also received third place in “Best Magazine Spread, four-year school” in the 2014 Apple Awards granted by the College Media Association (CMA).
The Ibis yearbook picked up their eighth Gold Crown, fifth in a row, and eleventh Crown in the past 12 years. The Ibis was edited by Sandra Montalvo, editor-in-chief and Katherine Lee, managing editor.