What is Compass in the Classroom?

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The Compass in the Classroom is the award-winning newspaper-in-education program of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, offering 25 FREE copies to any parochial school and religious education program in the diocese. The program is used throughout the school year by thousands of parochial school and religious education students. Check with your administrator to see if your school or parish is already registered. To register, fill out a form on this page.

For more information, contact:

compassclassroomBarb Gauthier, Circulation Assistant

Green Bay phone #: 920-437-7531, ext. 8208
Toll-free (within Diocese): 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8208

FAX: 920-437-9356
E-Mail: [email protected]
Green Bay Diocese Web Site: www.gbdioc.org

The Compass would like to thank our sponsors and readers for their support.

Catholic Press Association Awards won by The Compass:

2016

  • First Place, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • First place, Best Single Ad Originating With the Publication: Black and White Ad, for “St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay: Leah Darrow event” by Donna Mleziva;
  • First place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “More Scary than Halloween,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • First Place, Best Coverage of Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Priest Jubilee,” by the Staff;
  • First Place, Best Coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life, Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Year of Consecrated Life series,” by the Staff;
  • Second Place, Best Sports Journalism: Sports News, “Guided by faith,” by Jeff Kurowski;
  • Second Place, Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis, “Faith That Works,” by Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
  • Second Place, Best Use of Art or Graphics: Best Chart or Information Graphic, “Instagram facts in a flash,” by Donna Mleziva and Samantha Pallini;
  • Second Place, Best Feature Writing, Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Photographer who captured iconic images of Archbishop Romero says Salvadorans know archbishop is a martyr,” by Sam Lucero;
  • Second Place, Best Editorial on a National/International Issue: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Giving just a little respect,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • Second Place, Best Investigative/Analysis News Writing: Best Analysis/Background/Round-Up News Writing: The Gerard E. Sherry Award for Diocesan Newspaper, “Role of religious sisters in health care,” by Lisa Haefs;
  • Third Place, Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis, “Death and Dying section,” Jeff Kurowski and Amy Kawula;
  • Third Place, Best Personality Profile: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “He has the keys to a faithful life,” by Sarah Bradford;
  • Honorable Mention, Best Regular Column, Spiritual Life, “Foundations of Faith,” by Patricia Kasten;
  • Honorable Mention, Best News Writing Originating with the Paper on a Local or Regional Event: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,000 or less, “Byzantine monk has answer to Facebook’s name regulation,” by Sam Lucero;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication: Black and White Ad, “Holy Trinity Parish, School Hill: Gary Wilhelm congratulatory ad,” by Donna Mleziva;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication: Color Ad, “Catholic Charities,” by Donna Mleziva and Sarah Bradford;
  • Honorable Mention, “Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication, “Vocations,” by Donna Mleziva and Sarah Bradford.

2015

  • First Place, Best Promotional House Ad, “You’ll Need The Compass to Keep Up With Me,” which featured cartoonist Joe Heller’s cartoon of Pope Francis.
  • First Place, Best Editorial, National/International Issue for papers with a 17,001-40,000 circulation, for “Don’t forget about the homeless” by Sam Lucero.
  • First Place, Best Reporting on Special Age Group: Senior Citizens,” for the Senior Living section by The Compass staff.
  • Second Place, Best News Writing Originating With the Paper on a Local or Regional Event, “Bishop Ricken leads healing service for survivors of sexual abuse,” by Steve Wideman.
  • Second Place, Best Editorial, Local Issue for papers with a 17,001-40,000 circulation, for “Thank you for your service: Tip of hat to all who serve the faith,” by Patricia Kasten.
  • Second Place, Best Feature Writing for papers with a 17,001-40,000 circulation, for “The story of Lax Chapel and Marian shrine,” by Patricia Kasten.
  • Second Place, Best Sports Journalism: Sports News, for “Team begins a new faith tradition,” by Jeff Kurowski.
  • Third Place, Best Sports Journalism: Sports News, for “Silver Lake students honor ‘true hero,’” by Benjamin Wideman.
  • Third Place, Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication, for “Knights of Columbus” advertisement, by Amy Kawula and Katie Jagiello.
  • Third Place, Best Editorial, National/International Issue for papers with a 17,001-40,000 circulation, for “Death penalty not the answer,” by Sam Lucero.
  • Honorable Mention, Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication: Color Ad, for “Faith on the Fox” by Amber Backus.
  • Honorable Mention, Best Regular Column: Spiritual Life, for “Foundations of Faith” by Patricia Kasten.

2014

  • First place for individual excellence, advertising/business/marketing professional: Amy Kawula, Compass advertising and marketing manager.
  • First place, best coverage of vocations to priesthood-religious life or diaconate, for the 2013 vocations section. “Well written stories that are compelling and insightful. They work well together as a package providing insight into people and vocations from various angles,” said the judges.
  • Second place, best editorial – local issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Patricia Kasten, “No need for private bail bond system,” published June 7, 2013.
  • Third place, best editorial – local issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Sam Lucero, “Cooperation, not citations,” published Jan. 11, 2013.
  • Honorable mention, best editorial – national/international issue, 17,001-40,000 diocesan newspaper: Sam Lucero, “Light of Faith v. Free the World?,” published July 19, 2013.
  • Honorable mention, best editorial page or editorial section.
  • Honorable mention, best single ad originating with the publication, black and white, “Pray for vocations,” by Katie Jagiello.

2013

  • Honorable Mention, General Excellence – for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • Third Place, Best Sports Journalism, “Packers Heritage Trail,” by Jeff Kurowski
  • Third Place, Best Editorial – National or International Issue, 17,001-40,000 subscribers, “Elections and the Catholic Church,” by Patricia Kasten.
  • Third Place, Best Stand-Alone Diocesan Newspaper Website
  • Honorable Mention, Best News Writing on a Local Matter, “Manitowoc Father of Four Deported,” by Steve Wideman
  • Second Place, Best single ad, black and white, by Katie Jagiello and Amy Kawula

2012

  • Third Place, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • First Place, Best Sports Journalism – News, “Priest Enjoys Packers’ success,” by Jeff Kurowski.
  • First Place, Best Editorial – National or International – 17,001-40,000 subscribers, “It’s not about personality,” by Patricia Kasten.
  • Second Place, Best Personality Profile – 17,001-40,000 subscribers, “Heller’s pencil sketches more than cartoons,” by Sam Lucero
  • Honorable Mention, Best Promotional House Ad, “Mass the Real Deal,” by Katie Jagiello.

2011

  • Second Place, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • First Place, Best Editorial, National or International Issue, 17,001-40,000 subscribers, “Where Would Jesus Be Born?” by Sam Lucero
  • Second Place, Best Stand-Alone Diocesan Newspaper Website
  • Second Place, Best local retail advertising campaign, McCormick Memorial Home, by Katie Jagiello
  • Second Place, Best single ad, black and white, St. Norbert Abbey, by Katie Jagiello
  • Second Place, Best example of effective advertising promotion, All Household Mailing Promotion by Amy Kawula and Katie Jagiello

2010

  • First Place, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • First Place, Sports Journalism — Bishop Paprocki | The Holy Goalie by Jeff Kurowski
  • First Place, Best Personality Profile — for feature about Gen Ambrosius by Sam Lucero
  • First Place, New Media Kit — for media kit by Amy Kawula and Katie Mann
  • Second Place, Best Circulation Promotion Campaign Driving Traffic to Web site — by Amy Kawula and Katie Mann

2009

  • First Place, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers.
  • First Place, Best Feature Writing — Elizabeth Ministry International’s prenatal hospice program by Patricia Kasten
  • Second Place, Best Single Ad — for back to school piece called “What are you taking to school this year?” designed by Katie Mann
  • Third Place, Best Sports News — for feature about Brett Favre by Jeff Kurowski
  • Third Place, Best Personality Profile — for feature about retired Bishop Robert Banks by Patricia Kasten

2008

  • Second Place, Best local retail campaign — “Libertas Treatment Center” by Katie Mann
  • Third Place, Best advertising volume builder — “Business Card Directory” by Amy Kawula and Katie Mann
  • Third Place, Best editorial on a national or international issue — “Can’t Buy Santa” by Patricia Kasten
  • Third Place, Best regular special supplement — “Respect Life,” edited by Patricia Kasten
  • Third Place, Most effective single piece of circulation promotion — “Lenten 3-Month Special,” by Amy Kawula and Katie Mann
  • Honorable Mention, General Excellence — for papers with 17,001-40,000 subscribers

2007

  • First place, Spiritual Life Column by Bishop Robert Morneau
  • First place, Circulation Campaign — The Compass phone-a-thon at Notre Dame Academy
  • Second place, Color Portrait of Bp. Aloysius Wycislo taken by Rick Evans
  • Third place, Editorial on a National/International Issue — “Speculation fever” by Tony Staley
  • Honorable mention (from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith) — story on Fr. Ray Conard by Jeff Kurowski

2006

  • Third place, Best Regular Spiritual Life Column — Foundations of Faith by Patricia Kasten
  • Third place, Most Effective Single Piece Circulation Promotion
  • Honorable mention, Best Regular Supplement — Respect Life 2004

2005

  • First place, Best Regular Scripture Column — Bishop Robert Morneau

2004

  • Third place, Best Editorial on a Local Issue
  • Third place, Best Feature Writing

2003

  • First place, Best Regular Special Supplement — Respect Life
  • Second place, Best Campaign in the Public Interest — Lenten Wish List
  • Second Place, Best Editorial on a Local Issue

2002

  • Second place, Best Local Retail Campaign
  • Honorable mention, Special Supplement with Advertising Emphasis — Sisters Jubilee

2001

  • Second Place, Local Editorial
  • Third Place, Editorial Section
  • Honorable Mention, Regular Special Supplement — “Respect Life Month”
  • Honorable Mention, Seasonal Issue — “Easter”

2000

  • First Place, Best Weekly Column — The Compass in the Classroom
  • First Place, Best Body of Work — The Compass in the Classroom

1999

  • Second Place, Best Promotion

1998

  • First Place, General Excellence: Best Diocesan Newspaper in the U.S. and Canada
  • First Place, Best Promotion

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