Some of the South Winneshiek High School yearbook staff recently recognized by Jostens included: Payton Moore, Lee Balik, Maggie Kuennen and Justin Elsbernd. (Submitted photo)
Some of the South Winneshiek High School yearbook staff recently recognized by Jostens included: Payton Moore, Lee Balik, Maggie Kuennen and Justin Elsbernd. (Submitted photo)
For the third year in a row, South Winneshiek High School has received Jostens 2014 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award.
Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.
This year’s award-winning yearbook program was led by editors Payton Moore, Maggie Kuennen, Lee Balik and Justin Elsbernd and business managers Ryan Hageman and Blake Kuennen under the direction of Bridget Adam, South Winneshiek High School yearbook adviser. Other staff members included: Mitchell Bohr, Elizabeth Cullen, Mac Faldet, Cody Fisher, Becca Franzen, Mitchell Herold, Brian Kleepe, Ambriehl Klimesh, Micaela Kuennen, Brennan Malanaphy, Olivia McGee, Wyatt Opperman, Cole Schmitt, Kevin Ward, Nathan Winter, Kyle Woodson, Desiree Benda, Morgan Bohr, Matthew Bushman, Amber Cole, Alisha Dietzenbach, Ryan Dietzenbach, Sadie Gibson, Joseph Henning, Becca Hertges, Brinley Leibold, Ben Meyer and Jordan Poshusta.
“What an honor to receive this award for three years in a row. The students set several goals at the beginning of the year. The whole staff strived hard throughout the year to reach the goals they set, and I am proud to say that the staff met all of their goals. It was a great group of students to work with. I am so proud of them for their hard work and dedication. This is a great honor for all of us,” said Adam.
Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the South Winneshiek High School yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.
“Yearbooks connect students’ hearts and minds to the school story, school year experiences and the community to memorialize moments that matter. Jostens is proud to recognize yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks that tell the story of their school communities,” said Murad Velani, chief operating officer, Jostens.
"We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools, yearbook advisers and students to strengthen their programs by providing state of the art tools, resources and best practices that support the development and creation of award-winning yearbooks.”
The South Winneshiek High School yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.