Fairport High School yearbook gets national award | News
Fairport High School’s yearbook staff has been honored as National Yearbook Program of Excellence.
The 2012 yearbook, “Hourglass,” was among just four teams in New York State to earn this recognition. The award is based on certain criteria that include making a yearbook that is inclusive, generates school engagement, and successfully managing the creation process.
Yearbook adviser Donna Marie Roessel said the group of 25 students, led by senior editor Rachel Wittels, put in many long hours to make the book — including long nights and weekends before the school year began.
“We’re all very proud,” said Roessel. “I think it’s a great culmination of the hard work they’ve put in.”
This year’s yearbook theme is “Unlock the memories.” The 300-page hardcover book includes nostalgic photos of old school buildings, dance tickets, and newspaper clippings.
Seniors will also receive an extra supplement including material that didn’t make it into the published version, like varsity spring sports, senior bash, and Decision Day coverage.
While some print publications continue to go out of style, Roessel said it’s enjoyable to see yearbooks remain as popular as ever with students.
“The yearbook is something tangible that kids can take with them,” she said. “In an electronic age, it’s nice to have a book that they can hold and autograph.”
Jostens, a leading producer of yearbooks and other student paraphernalia, presents this award twice a year to schools across the nation.
The FHS yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school. Yearbooks will be handed out on Wednesday, May 23.