April 13, 2001 / Spring 2001

CD-ROM Yearbooks Named Pacemaker Finalist Winners

Written by Idea File Staff

Three Walsworth customers earned Pacemaker Finalist Awards for their CD-ROM Yearbooks from the National Scholastic Press Association.

The winning books included: Shield, Thomas Downey High School, Modesto, Calif., John Scott, adviser, Michael Drew/Evan Smith, editors, Walsworth sales representative, Scot Townsend; Essence, Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, Calif. Lew Berns, adviser, Dat Le/Tam Troung, editors, Walsworth sales representative, Michelle DiSimone; and Pioneer, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo., Shana Watkins, adviser, Matthew Vanndivart, editor, Walsworth sales representative, Jon Kauffman.

“We were speechless we finally earned a Pacemaker Finalist Award,” John Scott, yearbook adviser and graphic communications department chair, Thomas Downey High School, said. “We were very proud of our CD-ROM yearbook this year, as it was completely student-made, from beginning to end.

“The kids created a lot of exciting effects, and they managed to get everything covered well,” Scott explained. “Outside professionals were surprised three teenagers were able to package something like this on their own.”

“Selections for the CD-ROM Pacemaker competition are based primarily on concept, content, graphics, design and the CD-ROM’s interactivity,” Jessica Hampton, contest and critique coordinator with NSPA, explained.

“This year the judge was particularly concerned with interactivity, ease of navigation and thematic unity. He also stressed the importance of both PC and Macintosh compatibility.”

The Walsworth CD-ROM yearbooks were three of five Pacemaker Finalists this year.

Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.