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NIHS Named Jostens 2019 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

NIHS Yearbook Staff Photo


Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, recently announced that North Iredell High School’s yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. 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 North Iredell High School award-winning yearbook program is led by Editors-in-Chief Story Hix and Macie York, Photography Editor Chase Porter, Coverage Editor Riley Hix, Copy Editor Meredith Gibson, Marketing Editor Mallory Kennedy, and staff members Wyatt Adkins, Kirsten Barker, Amaya Bowes, Dylan Coltrane, Allison Cook, Ann Marie Csucsai, Emily Holland, Hayley Lamberth, Andrew Lyon, Gage Marshall, Hallie McGee, Skylar Morrison, Dylan Roy, Emma Sharpe, Audrianna St. John, and Bailey Ward. The staff is under the direction of Ashley Gaither, North’s yearbook adviser.


“I am so incredibly proud of everything that this group has accomplished this year,” adviser Ashley Gaither said. “This year we not only produced a book that we think our school will be proud of, but we also increased our coverage, made our theme stronger, and worked together as a cohesive unit to come up with fresh ideas.”


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 North Iredell’s 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.


“Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have acted as wonderful stewards by creating an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Chuck Mooty, Jostens President, and CEO. “Yearbooks are a critical part of telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members with state-of-the-art tools and resources that help celebrate moments that matter.”


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.


The North Iredell High School yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin, a plaque, and a banner to display in the school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement. These will be presented to the staff during yearbook dedication in May.