Yearbook West workshop opens with great anticipation

Written by Susan Massy

The opening of Walsworth’s Yearbook West Workshop in Orange, Calif., this past weekend was filled with so much nervous energy and anticipation. A little like the first day of school but magnified and encouraged.

Area sales manager Howard Dusek and the reps pumped up the crowd with music while shooting volleys of stuffed animals and other trinkets into the audience. And, as they say, the crowd went wild.

The workshop is nearly 500 strong and almost 50 are in my leadership class. Here we go.

Susan Massy
Susan Massy

Susan Massy is the yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kan., where her Lair yearbook staffs have been demonstrating excellence in writing and design for the past two decades. The Lair recently won its 18th Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association under Massy’s guidance. In 1999, Massy was chosen the National Yearbook Adviser of the Year by the Journalism Education Association. In 2013, Massy was inducted into the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame.