My high school yearbook adviser changed my life. Not only did she inspire me to study journalism in college, but I continued to work on the yearbook when I went to Syracuse University. When I called her nearing my college graduation, I kept telling her the most fun I ever had working was in yearbook class. She got in touch with Walsworth, the yearbook company she used, and they took a chance on me. I owe everything to my adviser and the wonderful people at Walsworth yearbooks.
I met my husband at yearbook camp, would have never had my daughter if it wasn’t for Walsworth, and wouldn’t have this wonderful career if I hadn’t been exposed to a great journalism teacher. I’m now starting my 22nd straight year with Walsworth and am one of their top 10 sales reps. I’m able to have a very fulfilling job that allows me great flexibility and time to spend with my daughter. When people say a teacher can change your life, they aren’t kidding. My yearbook adviser forever changed mine for the better.
My goal as your yearbook rep is to inspire you to greatness and share with you the power of a yearbook.
Student entries from Walsworth Yearbooks schools Okeechobee High School, Pine Crest School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were named winners when the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced the winners of its 2021 Gold Circle Awards.
Pine Crest's Emma Feirstein won 1st place in the yearbook Academic Writing category; while Olivia Pettee won a Certificate of Merit for Academic Spread and Grace Sager won a Certificate of Merit for Photo Portfolio.
For Okeechobee, Gianna Immerfall was awarded with a Certificate of Merit for the yearbook Title Page category.
Anna Bayuk, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, received a Certificate of Merit for her personal opinion piece.
Congrats to all the winners! You can see a complete list of Gold Circle winners by visiting the CSPA website here.
A CBS-12 news crew from West Palm Beach showed up to cover yearbook distribution at Okeechobee High School.
The staff wore gloves and masks and wheeled yearbooks out in carts, presenting them to students who drove up to get their yearbooks. Yearbook adviser Carey Pung said while the annual distribution may look different, it's still the same tradition.
See more of the CBS-12 story by visiting their website here.
I'm proud to be one of Walsworth's Certified Journalism Educators, or CJE for short.
Basically what that means is the Journalism Education Association (JEA) has certified my knowledge in the basics of journalism and media advising.
You can read more about the CJE here at the JEA website.
I feel that Veronika enjoys her job and likes to be that connection between Walsworth and adviser. When working with Herff Jones, I did not really have a representative who created that connection. My representative was more focused on selling Herff to other schools, than maintaining a relationship with the schools he already had as customers. Veronika does not come across as a sales person, but as a representative who wants to foster a working relationship between her customers and Walsworth.
Veronika actually spent hours with me and my students explaining how and why layouts were constructed. I cannot explain how much I learned from her in those few months. Within the next few years, with Veronika, I feel comfortable and capable as an adviser. She has helped and (did/will) train future editors and motivate them with ideas, concepts, and themes.