June 24, 2016 / News

Walsworth Yearbooks schools show well at NCSMA contests

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The North Carolina Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA) announced the 2016 winners of its annual awards last week at its Summer Institute at the University of North Carolina and several Walsworth Yearbooks schools were honored.

The 2016 yearbooks from Athens Drive High School, Davie County High School and First Flight High School were recipients of the Tar Heel Award, which is given each year to student publications that score the highest among those that earn All-North Carolina critique ratings.

The NCSMA’s critique services provide annual opportunities for staffs to distinguish themselves.

The 2016 yearbooks from Charlotte Latin School, Hickory Ridge High School and Southern Alamance High School were honored at the Distinction award level.

Yearbooks printed by Walsworth named award winners at the Honor level included Ashbrook High School, Bishop McGuinness High School, J.H. Rose High School, Manteo High School, Mooresville High School, Pinecrest High School, Salem Academy, Southwest Guilford High School, Trinity High School and Wheatmore High School. North Surry High School was honored at the Achievement level.

In the Section Awards, The Torch from Athens Drive took first place in Copy, Coverage and Layout in the Large Schools category. Clarion from Davie County finished first place in Photography.

In the Individual Awards, Large Schools category, Mary Todd Earnhardt from Athens Drive finished first in Sports Copy, while Drake Dais finished first in Feature Spread Design. Savannah Beck from Davie County finished first in Feature Copy.

The yearbook staff from First Flight won six individual contests in the Medium Schools category. Farley Wickre finished first in Sports Spread Design, Feature Spread Design and Theme Spread Design. Other first-place winners from First Flight were Mack Doebler for Feature Copy, Arabella Saunders for Sports Copy and Mary Thompson for Feature Photograph. Kayla Simpson from East Surry High School finished first in People Section Design.

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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.