by Anna Azallion
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2015/16 yearbook recently earned the “First Class” certification from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The group won the first-class award, earning 420 points out of a possible 500 – this was an 80-point improvement from the previous year, according to Mrs. Rhonda Overbeeke (advisor).
“These students worked diligently to adhere to scholastic journalism standards and present the history of a school year. I am so proud of their accomplishment,” Mrs. Overbeeke said.
The book also received an extra mark of distinction for the development of its theme “For the love of…”
Lauren Parker (11) began as a staff writer last year and is currently the sports section editor. “The theme really showed how much love our community has towards our high school and how much love the students have towards what they do in the school. It was nice to capture all the moments that demonstrate love from last school year,” Parker said.
One of many things that contributed to the First-Class certification, according to the NSPA scorebook, included the quality photographs throughout the book.
“As the photography editor, it makes me feel so accomplished that all of the time I spent uploading, editing, and shooting photos for the book that it helped the book excel at telling and amazing story of our year,” Colin Johnson (alumnus) said.
With the 2016/17 school year in full swing, another yearbook is in the works. Katharine Vuyk (12) and Sam Faingold (12) serve as Editors-in-chief.
“We’re really proud of the work we accomplished last year and we are really working to bring this year’s book up to even higher standards,” Faingold said.
The 2016/17 yearbook will cover the entire school year, August through June, and is currently available for sale at jostensyearbooks.com. The book will be available during schedule pick-up day in August.
The NSPA, according to their website, is a non-profit association that provides education services for journalism related clubs and classes across America.
“NSPA advances journalism and media as a vital cultural force by connecting advisers, students, and professionals through national events and competitions,” the official website states.
(Reprinted with permission of the Loveland High School Roar where this article was first published.)