Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Pope John XXIII High School’s yearbook program has been named a 2013 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs. The program recognizes yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities.
The Pope John XXIII High School award winning yearbook program is led by Advisers Gillian Kruse and Claire Blanton.
“Winning the Yearbook Program of Excellence Award has been the icing on the top of the cake for our yearbook staff,” Blanton said. “After a late start, and a lot of unforeseen circumstances to overcome, we are thrilled to have pulled together a great yearbook and meet the criteria for such a distinguished program,” said Blanton, who also serves as Advancement Coordinator for the school.
Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year – in May for yearbooks delivered in the spring and in September for yearbooks delivered in the fall. The Award was presented to The Pride yearbook staff 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.
Within the greater Houston area, this award was earned by five schools in the May delivery category. By the end of 2013 school year, Jostens expects to have approximately 500 schools win the award nationally.
“Winning this award proves the dedication of our student staff to our school's family atmosphere,” said Adviser Gillian Kruse, Communications Director for the school. “Because Pope John places a high value on community and inclusion, we wanted to make sure that all of our students were featured in the yearbook as much as possible, and we were very proud of the coverage levels we achieved. Our yearbook staff's dedication to excellence and perseverance in the face of deadlines shows what great young minds we have to work with and we are looking forward to next year already.”