High School Yearbook Program Nationally Recognized

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Sartell High School’s yearbook program has been named a 2015 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence school. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy. 

The Sartell High School award-winning yearbook program was achieved by students: Cassandra Costanzo, Greta Evavold, Brandon Ferns, Caleb Forberg, Lexi Gent, Gaby Hagen, Cortland Harstad, Matthew Jurek, Chad Piechel, Tianna Raden, Ginessa Ross, Madison Sorensen, Amanda Starz and Hannah Supan under the direction of Angie Heckman, Sartell High School yearbook adviser.

“I am so proud of these students for making a commitment to producing a high-quality yearbook for our community. They were a small group and had a huge project to tackle. These students exceeded my expectations with school coverage and their hard work shows in the end product,” said advisor, Angie Heckman.

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the Sartell High School yearbook program 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. 

“Yearbooks connect students’ hearts and minds to the school story, school year experiences, and the community to memorialize moments that matter.  Jostens is proud to recognize yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks that tell the story of their school communities,” said Murad Velani, chief operating officer, Jostens. "We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools, yearbook advisers and students to strengthen their programs by providing state of the art tools, resources and best practices that support the development and creation of award-winning yearbooks.”

The Sartell High School yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year.  Jostens invests in state of the art technology, best in class service, educational curriculum and award winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks.