Etcetera - 04/23/10

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Walla Walla High School students earned design recognition from Jostens National Yearbook, the April 9 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. Wa-Hi's annual, The Royal Blue was honored for excellence and featured in the 2010 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 8. Published annually, Jostens' Look Book is a collection of spreads from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography, the WWPS Review noted.

The Gotcha Covered Look Book features extraordinary work by yearbook staffs and advisers worldwide and is a popular resource for yearbook advisers and staffs seeking creative design and coverage ideas, trends and inspiration.

The 2009-2010 Royal Blue was created by Margaret Kammer, editor-in-chief, Jamie Robison, business manager, and staff members Rachael Adkins, Peter Anderson, Alex Bennett, Jordan Christensen, Stephani Conatser, Samantha Coronado, Loren Eng, Serena Goins, Sarah Hemenway, Jennifer Lopez, Samantha Marchington, Matt Nelson, Alexys Partridge, Presley Peck, Thomas Rowley, Sandybell Salazar, Irene Ureno, Claudia Vargas and Melissa Webb. They worked under the direction of Kathi DeBroeck, yearbook adviser.

"I am truly impressed each year as a new staff comes together and creates an amazing book of history for Wa-Hi's students. The 2008-2009 staff was no exception--they each spent hours on the design and creation of the book and I'm proud that Jostens has chosen them to be recognized for their hard work," Kathi said.

The Royal Blue was one of just 518 yearbooks selected from the 3,000-plus submitted to a panel of judges that included nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers.

Yearbooks are unique, limited edition books created by students to capture stories and events for all the schools students.

The Royal Blue is a great example of the inclusive quality of yearbooks and chronicles what is most relevant to this year's school community.

"Yearbook staffers exemplify the incredible design, photography and journalistic talents of today's students and their ability to capture once-in-a-lifetime stories that will be relished for generations," said Gary Lundgren, Jostens senior program manager/education. "The yearbooks chosen for Jostens' 2010 Gotcha Covered Look Book reflect the sophistication and relevance of yearbook programs and demonstrate why yearbooks remain so popular among students as a means to capture and share their school experiences and traditions." DeBroeck and her yearbook staff received a copy of Jostens' 2010 Gotcha Covered Look Book and certificate from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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