Spectrum yearbook honored by Josten’s

The Accolade staff: from left, Meghan Hays, editor Rachel Neiss, adviser Jessica Kemnitz, editor Courtney Allard, editor Tristen Rosby, Evan Emmel (on knee), Niki Mayer, Molly Mitchell, Kassi Robbins and Lauren Carlson. (Spectrum photo)

The Accolade staff: from left, Meghan Hays, editor Rachel Neiss, adviser Jessica Kemnitz, editor Courtney Allard, editor Tristen Rosby, Evan Emmel (on knee), Niki Mayer, Molly Mitchell, Kassi Robbins and Lauren Carlson. (Spectrum photo)

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Spectrum High School’s yearbook staff has received an honor from Josten’s, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content.

Spectrum’s “The Accolade” was named in April as a 2014 Josten’s National Yearbook Program of Excellence, a program that honors “yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities,” according to a Josten’s press release.

The Spectrum staff includes editors Courtney Allard, Rachel Neiss and Tristen Rosby, and staff members Lauren Carlson, Evan Emmel, Meghan Hays, Niki Mayer, Molly Mitchell and Kassi Robbins. Their director is Jessica Kemnitz. The theme of this year’s book was “Revive.”

The Spectrum yearbook cover

The Spectrum yearbook cover

“The Accolade staff is so excited to receive this award,” Kemnitz said. “We have worked incredibly hard at creating the best yearbook possible, and it is an honor to be rewarded for that hard work. The staff has spent countless hours taking and editing photos, creating page layouts, and interviewing students. … I am so proud of everyone involved.”

Kemnitz cited Allard, Neiss and Rosby for “a great job leading the staff and holding everyone to high standards.”

Kemnitz said she was told only about 250 schools, about 2 percent, got this recognition.

Spectrum was cited for “creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process,” the press release stated.

The Spectrum staff will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in the school.

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