2019 Caught Our Eye

These outstanding 2019 spreads, images, graphics and more will make you stop and take a second look. Your next yearbook idea is waiting here.

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  • 2019 HoofprintsMira Costa High SchoolManhattan Beach, California

      Theme: "Worth It"
      Adviser: Lindsey Valbuena
      Editors: Jared Goore, Marley Messer
      Walsworth representative: Erin Stoskopf

      Tying big, bold, beautiful pictures into their theme “Worth It,” the staff at Mira Costa High School kicked out some dynamite spreads before each of their staff and student pages. In each spread, they featured two students or staff and listed reasons their year was “Worth It.” In these spreads, they used full page portraits surrounded with solid text design and graphics. Finally, they used a bold color as a backdrop to make these pages really pop! These pages serve as a great simple introduction to the busy pages that are the portraits section of the book.

      – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

    1. 2019 StetsonLiberal Arts and Science AcademyAustin, Texas

        Theme: "Stark"
        Adviser: Kate McGuire
        Editor: Abby Daly
        Walsworth representatives: Paula Adamek, Davis Gamble

        Designing the contents or index section of the book is often thrown on the inside endsheet and usually looks somewhat similar to what most other yearbooks do. The staff at Liberal Arts and Science Academy put a whole new spin on how they were going to guide the viewer through their book. On a large, bold spread, they used vertical columns to divide student life, athletics, academics, spirit, clubs and people. In each of those vertical columns, they detailed the spreads that live in those. This makes for a really functional index and one that takes on a look most books don’t have.

        – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

      1. 2019 Ragnorök Northwest Guilford High SchoolGreensboro, North Carolina

          Theme: "In These Halls"
          Adviser: Beth Herrick
          Editors: Autumn Dixon, Zoe Simon
          Walsworth representative: Carolyn Henderson - CJE

          Many schools have themed dress up days that make their buildings feel festive and unique. The staff at Northwest Guilford High School found a creative way to share both their festive days and how each class celebrated in a four-page fold out. Seniors featured Meme Thursday, juniors featured Camo Tuesday, sophomores were Jersey Wednesday and freshman were Character Monday. It was a great way to feature two things: dress days and each class.

          – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

        1. 2019 Tenas ComaMount Si High SchoolSnoqualmie, Washington

            Theme: "Til It's Gone"
            Adviser: Susan Holihan - CJE
            Editors: Ezra Bacon-Gershman, Beth Hungerpiller, Francis McManus
            Walsworth representative: Christina Berrell

            Packing in the information is the job at hand for the staff at Mount Si High School. The spread on their spirit page uses all sorts of strategies for presenting information to the reader in different ways. They start with a traditional layout using a dominant photo, then building the content around it by using mods, side bars and lots of images sprinkled throughout. With the images come captions that tell even more of the story. Pulling off a page like this isn’t easy, but when done properly, it makes for a great reader experience.

            – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

          1. 2019 SandspursNorth Augusta High SchoolNorth Augusta, South Carolina

              Theme: "Stay Golden"
              Adviser: Dawn Anderson
              Editor: Anna Mercer
              Walsworth representative: Jim Channell

              What a unique twist on senior superlatives. The students of North Augusta High School compete for their Hall of Fame. This section recognizes 10 seniors who are chosen by their peers and teachers. The awards highlight students who are dedicated to academics as well as the roles they play in society and community service. Each student is given three short paragraphs from three different people who sing their praises. It is accompanied with a photo of each student posed in front of items that make them who they are. It is a very cool and unique approach to showing off some of their best seniors!

              – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

            1. 2019 HowelltonianFrancis Howell High SchoolSt. Charles, Missouri

                Theme: "Conquer the Divide"
                Adviser: Michele Dunaway - MJE
                Editors: Kirstyn Corbett, Sophia Jacobson
                Walsworth representative: Alyssa Moses - CJE

                While the team photos section of the yearbook isn’t always the most exciting to plan or design, it is one of the most visited spaces in the book and one that contains a large portion of the school. The staff at Francis Howell High School did an exceptional job with their team photos section. They overcame a few really important obstacles that often elude staffers – large multi-sized team photos that are large enough to easily see those represented in the photograph, pertinent information that surrounds the team such as their win/loss record and organized names that make it easy to find a particular student. This execution makes an often-mundane section of the yearbook a visually pleasing and information-packed section.

                – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

              1. 2019 DecamhianDel Campo High SchoolFair Oaks, California

                  Theme: "And It Begins"
                  Adviser: Peter Shahbazian
                  Editors: Avery Hulse, Megan Sims
                  Walsworth representative: David Barnes

                  Grabbing the viewer right off the bat and communicating your message to them for the tone of your book is often a goal of yearbook staff members, but in reality, is very difficult to do. One page into the Del Campo High School book “And it Begins,” you get the message of what this book is all about. They use four spreads to drive home their message. They do this with bold photographs and well-written sidebar text. The photographs in particular are showstoppers – nobody is making it through this section without some pauses to look a little deeper!

                  – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                1. 2019 TalonLincoln Southwest High SchoolLincoln, Nebraska

                    Theme: "Simply Put"
                    Adviser: Brandi Benson
                    Editor: Haley Ulrich
                    Walsworth representative: Greg Adams

                    “Paw Patrol” is a touching feature on how a student chose to spend his free time in a giving and positive manner. The students at Lincoln Southwest High School found a great story and decided to give it a full spread in their book. The spread immediately jumps out at the viewer with its full-size photograph of Camden White, a student who spends his time volunteering at a Pet Clinic. Along with a great descriptive story, the page highlights a few of his furry friends. A “feel good” feature makes every reader stop to think about how they spend their free time and how we could all help by volunteering our time somewhere.

                    – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                  1. 2019 BeaconCalvary Day SchoolSavannah, Georgia

                      Theme: "Bound"
                      Advisers: Josh Brewer, Tiffany Kittles
                      Editor: Avery Householder
                      Walsworth representative: Geri Johnson McCall

                      Striking a balance between simplicity and too busy on a yearbook spread can be a difficult path to navigate. The Powderpuff spread that the staff at Calvary Day School created found the perfect balance of interesting text and facts, while balancing the easily overdone look that can sometimes come with adding too much content. They were able to find a symbiotic balance. This fun page has great pictures, interesting facts and content filled captions. Perhaps my favorite piece is the “Last Play Call” mod which features the Hail Mary Screen play! This spread gives everyone an inside look and behind the scenes info.

                      – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                    1. 2019 The EquestrianCoral Springs High SchoolCoral Springs, Florida

                        Theme: "[RE]"
                        Adviser: Bradley Lyons
                        Editor: Kaci Thomas
                        Walsworth representatives: Veronika Levine - CJE, and Tamara Moore

                        Whether students want to admit it or not, that first day of school outfit is a big decision that most high school students don’t take lightly. A creative group at Coral Springs High School in Coral Springs, Florida, decided to make a mod on their back-to-school page. Three nice, cut-out photos and a small pull quote from the student featured makes for a must read when browsing through the spreads. It was a great idea for how to throw a fun spin on the back to school spread.

                        – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                      1. 2019 Golden EchoesSt. Pius X Catholic High SchoolAtlanta, Georgia

                          Theme: "The Golden Hour"
                          Adviser: Ashley Curlette
                          Editors: Sarah Fredrickson, Brooke Sledge
                          Walsworth representative: Kris Killough - CJE

                          Storytelling is the name of the game when it comes to creating a yearbook spread. Some stories are easier to tell, but finding creative ways to show the viewer what your story is about is critical. The staff at St. Pius X Catholic High School found a great way to express some often-missed details of their very popular dance company. From this spread, you can see this is a big activity at their school with five different dance companies represented. Accompanying the dance company group photos, they did simple cut out images of 17 different dancers. These cut outs display the beautiful dance poses that are often missed on a spread like this. Bravo for finding a creative solution to representing this artistic group with photographs!

                          – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School


                        1. 2019 ApolloColonial Forge High SchoolStafford, Virginia

                            Theme: "What's Next"
                            Adviser: Tiffany Kopcak
                            Editor: Emily Imes
                            Walsworth representatives: Brian and Shelby Flamm

                            Every yearbook staff contemplates different ways to highlight unique students in their book. Typically, this ends up with some pictures and a story about the student. The staff at Colonial High School in Stafford, Virginia, put a simple but great twist on their feature. The student they featured had spent a week in Guatemala on a mission trip helping children with special needs. To properly highlight the depth of her trip, they organized the feature as “A Week in the Life.” They broke her trip down by a few different days with photographs and storytelling captions to paint the picture for the viewer.

                            – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                          1. 2019 MosaicMonarch High SchoolLouisville, Colorado

                              Theme: "You Know You Love It"
                              Adviser: Bonnie Katzive
                              Editor: Eleanor Guanella
                              Walsworth representative: Andrew Ross

                              In an era of being glued to our digital devices, it is a welcomed moment when we get to pick up a tactile object like a book. A great feature put together by the staff at Monarch High School takes a look at just what everyone is reading. Not only do they look at what students are reading, but they dive deeper into why they are reading it. What about the books draw them to that particular text or author? In addition, they get some great insight from students as to why they turn to books. Examples include dealing with stress, exploring fiction, relatability and more. When creating this page, they were deliberate about making it much more than a “what you’re reading” page, instead taking it to a deeper, more meaningful level.

                              – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                            1. 2019 The RiderSaginaw High SchoolSaginaw, Texas

                                Theme: "All In"
                                Adviser: Brie Burke
                                Editor: Bri Cortes
                                Walsworth representative: Jill Chittum - MJE

                                Every generation has its own pop culture icons, and while it is too early to tell exactly what that will be, we all know Bitmoji plays a pretty big role in students’ social media footprints. The students at Saginaw High School did a nice mod asking students what their life would be like as a Bitmoji. Who knows how long these caricatures will be around, but no doubt in twenty years when students look back, they will be taken back to their Nike track suit or whatever outfit they had customized for this unique and time-sensitive social media tool.

                                – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                              1. 2019 PanoramaWinder-Barrow High SchoolWinder, Georgia

                                  Theme: "Throwback"
                                  Adviser: Tara Poppins Stuart
                                  Editor: Jullie Chhim
                                  Walsworth representative: Julie Weeks - CJE

                                  Every school has that teacher who stands out from the rest and that students can’t get enough of. The students at Winder-Barrow High School decided to tie a feature on a beloved teacher into their “throwback” theme. They used the feature to highlight Mr. Perry’s unique and humorous sides, as well as taking a look at him through the “throwback” lens. They chose to feature some pictures and stories about him over the years. A fun and unique slant on a staff feature.

                                  – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                1. 2019 AriesMontwood High SchoolEl Paso, Texas

                                    Theme: "A New Normal"
                                    Adviser: Justin Stene
                                    Editor: Jasmine Reyes
                                    Walsworth representative: Lori Garcia

                                    Go Big! That phrase has been exercised by many photographers working to convince their editor to run good photos big. The photographers at Montwood High School were paying attention in journalism class as they negotiated their photos to run large in many places throughout the book. The first few pages are scattered with nearly full spread photos giving the viewers what they want – great photographs! They stick with their visual eye candy and continue scattering large photos throughout their entire book.

                                    – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                  1. 2019 The BrahmaDouglas MacArthur High SchoolSan Antonio, Texas

                                      Theme: "Be the Change"
                                      Adviser: Amanda Cardoza
                                      Editor: Tatum Owens
                                      Walsworth representatives: Paula Adamek, Davis Gamble

                                      As summer winds down and students and staff make their way back to school, there are always some unexpected changes awaiting them. The staff at Douglas MacArthur High School decided to devote a page to the changes that we all face at the start of a new school year. For their school changes they included clear backpacks, new locked doors and a retinal scanner (or was it?). They featured a lot of different students and grabbed quotes on how they were adjusting to the changes. These changes seem ordinary now, but in 20 years when students look back, it will certainly be extraordinary to remember. Those pages are always interesting to view down the road.

                                      – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                    1. 2019 Panther TracksPutnam City North High SchoolOklahoma City, Oklahoma

                                        Theme: "To the Core"
                                        Adviser: Corinna Conant
                                        Editors: Maysara Al Shareef, Kaylin Duong
                                        Walsworth representatives: John Gearhart - CJE, Casey Gammon

                                        Tackling issues that students deal with day in and day out is sometimes an uncomfortable topic to approach for a yearbook staff. In this year’s edition of Panther Tracks from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, they went for it. Using five features as divider pages, they started with large, natural light portraits that set an immediate mood. These photos stop the viewer and invite them to dive in and explore the text. In the text each spread covers a student and a challenge they have overcome. These range from immigration, depression, religion, leadership and mental health. Each story is a short synopsis of the students’ challenges that they were dealing with privately, and how they overcame them.

                                        – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                      1. 2019 The BuccaneerJack Britt High SchoolFayetteville, North Carolina

                                          Theme: "Be Bold"
                                          Adviser: Alexis Newsom
                                          Editors: Emma Conley, Allison De La Vega
                                          Walsworth representative: Kristine Rodriguez

                                          What’s the worst injury you’ve ever seen? This is something we all want to ask our medical practitioners, so why not use a probing question like this to highlight your Sports Medicine personnel? This clever idea is what staffers at Jack Britt High School did to feature students who help the school’s athletes overcome setbacks that occur while practicing or competing in their chosen sport. The feature not only outlines some of the worst injuries, but also tells the story of what they do and how they help the school’s athletes. A sidebar on what all is needed in their first aid kit rounds out this interesting page.

                                          – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                        1. 2019 The CorsicanCorsicana High SchoolCorsicana, Texas

                                            Theme: "The Next Big Thing"
                                            Adviser: Jonathan Dixon
                                            Editors: Becca Cook, Syney Tally
                                            Walsworth representative: Tiffani Womack - CJE

                                            Senior ads can often be one of the more challenging portions of the yearbook to assemble. There are so many variables out of the staff’s control – picture selection, picture quality, size of the ad, etc. The staff at Corsicana High school managed to assemble a really beautiful collection of senior ads. All of the ads have a uniform oversized pastel letter of the student’s first name, which also ties in with their visual theme. They also managed to pin down parents to submit high quality photos which makes the whole section shine!

                                            – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                          1. 2019 The SceptreCambridge Christian SchoolTampa, Florida

                                              Theme: "Didn't See That Coming"
                                              Adviser: Kellie Bryant
                                              Editor: Hannah Brody
                                              Walsworth representative: Sabrina Schmitz - CJE

                                              “Didn’t See THAT Coming” was the theme chosen by the staff at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Florida. They had a very creative idea for their opening theme section. They detailed happenings in and around the school that nobody expected, thus fitting perfectly into the “Didn’t See THAT Coming” theme. They began with some things they did see coming, like a rebuilding year for the football team, school trips, etc. Then they shifted the tone to the things they didn’t see coming, like unexpected surgery, the government shut down, big football wins and acceptance to that unexpected college. This was a crafty idea that really anchored their theme with the reader.

                                              – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                            1. 2019 EchoSanta Rosa High SchoolSanta Rosa, California

                                                Theme: "Still Rosa"
                                                Adviser: Page Wilson
                                                Editors: Ashley Coscarelli, Jenna Kim
                                                Walsworth representative: Brooke Renna - CJE

                                                This school focuses on their unique surroundings by devoting a section to agriculture. Features highlight different programs and their ties to the community, including Ag Science, Floriculture, FFA and more! The students of Santa Rosa High School are featured in lots of their community programs and careers. It’s a great way to showcase what makes their school and programs special.

                                                – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                              1. 2019 The MarauderMarcus High SchoolFlower Mound, Texas

                                                  Theme: "Shift"
                                                  Advisers: Allison Miller, Corey Hale
                                                  Editor: Katie Clarke
                                                  Walsworth representative: Jill Chittum - MJE

                                                  All schools want to celebrate their rich traditions and heritage that make their school unique. Students at Marcus High School devoted a spread to take a look at just where those traditions began and bring back some old celebrated traditions. They outlined some of the school’s important dates, such as opening its doors, first rivalry game played, new campus opened, etc. They also shared information from a former staff member who came up with the fight song, getting details on how and when that happened. Finding unique ways to celebrate a school’s history is an important spread every book should consider.

                                                  – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School

                                                1. 2019 The PredatorWest Potomac High SchoolAlexandria, Virginia

                                                    Theme: "What's the Point?"
                                                    Adviser: Stewart Muztafago
                                                    Editors: Christine Paz, Olivia Petretich
                                                    Walsworth representative: Kat Bayliss

                                                    Who knows what we will be looking at in terms of social media in future years, but right now, we know Instagram is a big part of most students’ social media life. At West Potomac High School, they decided to do a full spread feature on their students’ best Instagram moments. This spread showcases everything from artistic photographs to photos of students traveling around the world. They chose to lay their spread out in an Instagram inspired design full of square boxes. Everyone loves to share a great photo, and this is a fun way to make it part of your book.

                                                    – written by Michael Lee, adviser, Lewis & Clark High School