The deadline to earn badges as a part of the SNO Distinguished Sites program is May 1 which, in case you don’t have a calendar near by, is next Friday.

So, here are your top seven reasons to spend the next week earning your badges:


  1. It’s practically summer, so it’s time to go out in a blaze of GLORY! (Yes, badges = GLORY!)
  2. Every time someone applies for a badge and doesn’t quite reach the requirements, a nice person at SNO (or rather just Kari) sends a quaint little email explaining everything that needs to be done to earn the badge. So if needed, you get another chance! Everybody likes second chances.
  3. Senior slide, evaporation of editor energy, waning writers, and whatever other alliterative downslides you can come up with, all mean that you could use another reason to step it up a notch.
  4. We’ll tweet at you every time you earn a badge.
  5. If you are located in Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, or Wyoming you’ll be the first SNO site in your state to earn a badge.
  6. You could be one of the FIRST 10 sites to ever earn the title of SNO Distinguished Site.
  7. Applying for a badge is easy! Just click here:

Congratulations are in order
Speaking of awards, six awesome SNO customers earned Online Pacemaker Awards from the National Scholastic Press Association. The awards were announced on April 18 at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Denver.

The winning sites are RHStoday, Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla.; The Rider Online, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas; the Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minn.; Chant, North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga.; Tiger Times Online, Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas; and the Communicator, Community High School in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The full list of Pacemaker results is here.

The Echo of St. Louis Park High School in Minnesota was also named Best of Show for small-school websites by NSPA at the convention. The full listing of NSPA Best of Show results is here.