January 27, 2010 / News

Michigan students covet JEA honor for their yearbook adviser

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Earlier this month, Tim Morley was named one of the Distinguished Advisers when the JEA announced their annual individual honors for yearbook advisers. For Morley, the adviser at Inland Lake High School, Indian River, Mich., it was a special award to be sure.

As this article from the Petoskey News-Review in Petoskey, Mich., details, Morley’s students and school, which as recently as 2009 voted him “Teacher of the Year,” are also taking a great deal of pride in the JEA award.

One of Morley’s former editors who has now moved on to college, Emily Jones, told the newspaper that she learned many valuable lessons from Morley’s yearbook class – not just about journalism, but also about life.

“I can definitely say that my dreams and aspirations would not have been possible without the experience I received from yearbook,” Jones said.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.