May 11, 2011 / News

Senior superlatives in yearbooks could be a thing of the past

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Who was voted “Most likely to succeed” in your high school senior class? Do you even remember?

Whoever it was, that person potentially carried a bit of a burden forward with them into college and beyond into their career. At least that was the case for some folks in this article from The Wall Street Journal.

Are senior superlatives in the yearbook, which typically include voting one person “most likely to…” accomplish something extraordinary, just harmless fun? Or do they throw too much pressure on kids?

It seems many schools have already phased them out of the yearbook. In the article, the JEA is quoted as saying that only about 25% of yearbooks still do senior superlatives.

Does your school’s yearbook still do senior superlatives? If so, what do you think of them?

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ 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.