April 17, 2020 / News

Six Walsworth Schools Win NSPA Pacemaker Award, 10 Named Pacemaker Finalists

Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE

This year looked different. Schools anticipated being in Nashville to find out if they won the coveted NSPA Pacemaker award for their 2019 yearbook at the spring JEA/NSPA convention. Instead, students and advisers hovered over their screens from home watching a livestream video. The experience may not have been the same, the recognition may not feel the same, but let’s get one thing clear right now – the honor that comes from being named one of the best yearbooks in the country has not changed one bit.

Now more than ever, as the convention theme said, it’s time to celebrate these schools’ incredible accomplishments. Congratulations to every school named today! Only a select few in the entire country make it to the Pacemaker Finalist stage – you earned this with late nights, rushed deadlines, after school events and summer workshops. The Pacemaker and Pacemaker Finalist recognition are not an award for the lucky. It’s a badge of honor for the tireless work and commitment to excellence that produced your yearbook.

Sixteen Walsworth schools were named Pacemaker Finalists in November. These schools have waited months to find out where they placed. So, without further ado, we are pleased to recognize our six schools whose yearbook was selected as a Pacemaker winner.

NSPA Pacemakers:

  • El Dorado High School, Legend – El Paso, Texas
  • McKinney High School, The Lion – McKinney, Texas
  • Notre Dame de Sion High School, Le Flambeau – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Shawnee Mission East High School, Hauberk – Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Lair – Shawnee, Kansas
  • University High School, Odyssey – Orange City, Florida

NSPA Pacemaker Finalists:

  • Boone High School, Legend – Orlando, Florida
  • Burges High School, Hoofbeats – El Paso, Texas
  • Cactus Canyon Junior High School, Oro – Apache Junction, Arizona
  • Colonial Forge High School, Apollo – Stafford, Virginia
  • Gresham High School, Munhinotu – Gresham, Oregon
  • H.B. Plant High School, Panther – Tampa, Florida
  • Hagerty High School, Fusion – Oviedo, Florida
  • Liberty Christian Academy, Retrospect – Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Liberty North High School, The Ayrie – Liberty, Missouri
  • Woodland Junior High School, The Round-Up – Fayetteville, Arkansas

These yearbooks are selected by a panel of judges based on coverage, writing, design and photography, among several other criteria. For a full list of winners, you can visit the NSPA website.

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Jenica Hallman, CJE
Jenica Hallman, CJE

Jenica Hallman, CJE, is an Associate Copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks. Yearbooks got into her blood in high school, and she has been pursuing them ever since. She has worked in various capacities as a high school and college yearbook editor, an adviser, sales representative, plant customer service representative and now in marketing, her favorite role to date. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.