April 23, 2018 / News

Woodland’s Andrew Young named Arkansas Adviser of the Year

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Andrew Young, the yearbook adviser at Walsworth Yearbooks school Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was named the 2018 Adviser of the Year by the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) this past Friday evening at the ASPA’s annual state convention.

Young’s honor capped off a great ASPA Convention for the Woodland staff, as Hadley Humphry won Photojournalist of the Year and Designer of the Year, and Nola Bailey was runner-up for Photojournalist of the Year.

In addition, the 2017 Woodland Round-Up yearbook was named All-Arkansas, one of only five yearbooks to receive that distinction and the only junior high/middle school book to reach that level.

Young, currently in his fourth year as the yearbook adviser at Woodland, was named a JEA Rising Star in 2017 and he is also currently the Secretary of the Arkansas Journalism Adviser Association (AJAA) Executive Board. His students have been frequent award winners at the state and national level.

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 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.