2017 Yearbook Excellence Contest Winners

Judges evaluated more than 1,400 entries and selected 269 national winners in the 2017 Yearbook Excellence Contest.

The professionals who served as judges commended the heightened creativity of the winners. The judges also commented on the fine reporting, in-depth captions and strong visual packages of the winning entries. In addition, theme development winners received compliments for their unique designs and diligent work in producing creative yearbooks.

Yearbook staff members recognized in this year’s contest received Gold Keys and the opportunity to apply for college journalism scholarships. For a complete list of winners, see below. Sweepstakes winners will receive plaques from Quill and Scroll. The 2017 contest had two enrollment divisions (A = 750 students or more; B = 749 students or fewer) and 18 subject categories, making for 36 Sweepstakes winners.

Blue and Gold Awards

The following schools earned Blue and Gold Awards based on their staffs’ overall performance in the Yearbook Excellence Contest.

Division A

Staff Excellence
  • McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
Comprehensive Visuals
  • Bryant High School, Bryant, Arkansas
  • Boone High School, Orlando, Florida
  • Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa
Comprehensive Writing
  • Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • McCallum High School, Austin, Texas
  • McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas

Division B

Staff Excellence
  • Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, California
Comprehensive Visuals
  • Calvary Day School, Savannah, Georgia
  • Richland R-1 School, Essex, Missouri
  • Tucumcari High School, Tucumcari, New Mexico
Comprehensive Writing
  • Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, California
  • Calvary Day School, Savannah, Georgia
  • Tucumcari High School, Tucumcari, New Mexico

2017 Sweepstakes Winners

YEC winners from Richland R-1 School Emily Blunt (left) and Liza King (right) hold their plaques, while Kate Wyman (center) holds the plaque for Comprehensive Visuals Division B. (Photo by Kyle Carter)

By enrollment division:

  • Theme Development 
    • A — Marianna Orrego, Shawnee Mission North HS; Overland Park, Kansas
    • B — Christine Hysell, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Student Life 
    • A — Grayson Henry, McKinney HS; McKinney, Texas
    • B — Moriana Jaco, Notre Dame de Sion HS; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Academics
    • A — Gracen Goudy, Bryant HS; Bryant, Arkansas
    • B — Brendan Bell, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Clubs or Organizations
    • A — Abby Hutsell, Boone HS; Orlando, Florida
    • B — Chloe Long, Notre Dame de Sion HS; Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sports
    • A — Kimberly Cochrane, McCallum HS; Austin, Texas
    • B — Livy Wood, Notre Dame de Sion HS; Kansas City, Missouri
  • People
    • A — Albany Alexander, Boone HS; Orlando, Florida
    • B — Susan Wang, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Advertising
    • A — Anne Penprase, McKinney HS; McKinney, Texas
    • B — Sunny Zu, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Sports Action Photo
    • A — Sydney Etzel, Rogers HS; Rogers, Arkansas
    • B — Liza King, Richland R-1 School; Essex, Missouri
  • Academic Photo
    • A — Mackensay Yazel, Shawnee Mission North HS; Overland Park, Kansas
    • B — Emily Blunt, Richland R-1 School; Essex, Missouri
  • Student Life Photo
    • A — Hannah Martin, Bryant HS; Bryant, Arkansas
    • B — Landen Stewart, Tucumcari HS; Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Clubs/Organizations Photo
    • A — Madison Olsen, McCallum HS; Austin, Texas
    • B — Kara Thielbar, Tucumcari HS; Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • Feature Photo
    • A — Jessica Pierce, Eisenhower HS; Shelby Charter Township, Michigan
    • B — Brandon Brooks, Calvary Day School; Savannah, Georgia
  • Graphic Design
    • A — Shannon Wray, Shawnee Mission North HS; Overland Park, Kansas
    • B — Susan Wang, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Photo Illustration
    • A — Tyler Rispoli, Boone HS; Orlando, Florida
    • B — Laura Kahn, St. Clair County HS; Odenville, Alabama
  • Index
    • A — Nicole Stuessy, McKinney HS; McKinney, Texas
    • B — Susan Wang, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Headline Writing and Design
    • A — Nicole Stuessy, McKinney HS; McKinney, Texas
    • B — Susan Wang, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California
  • Caption Writing
    • A — Nicole Stuessy, McKinney HS; McKinney, Texas
    • B — Minna Autry, Calvary Day School; Savannah, Georgia
  • Personality Profiles
    • A — Addie von Drehle, Shawnee Mission East HS; Prairie Village, Kansas
    • B — Clara Prins, Arrowhead Christian Academy; Redlands, California

National Winners and Contributors

National Winners are recognized in each category for work done that exemplifies the quality and values that Quill and Scroll stands for. Here are the National Winners for the 2017 Yearbook Excellence Contest. Contributors to National Winners and Sweepstakes Winners are noted with a (C).

STUDENT NAME CATEGORY SCHOOL CITY STATE CLASS
(C) = Contributor
Emily Simpson Index St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Jordan Ciniglio Feature Photography St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Hannah Williams Graphic Design St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Laura Khan (C) Graphic Design St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Lacey Young Graphic Design St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Emily Simpson (C) Graphic Design St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Jordan Ciniglio Graphic Design St. Clair County High School Odenville Alabama B
Natalie Price Index Rogers High School Rogers Arkansas A
David Fulton Student Life Photography Bryant High School Bryant Arkansas A
Emily Culbreath Student Life Photography Bryant High School Bryant Arkansas A
Alina Peret Student Life Photography Bryant High School Bryant Arkansas A
Abby Womack Academics Rogers High School Rogers Arkansas A
Kara Maurer Sports Action Photo Bryant High School Bryant Arkansas A
David Fulton Sports Action Photo Bryant High School Bryant Arkansas A
Mady Goss Student Life Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Jennifer Mathew People Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Selah Kelley Student Life Photography Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Austyn Wilson Academics Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Brendan Bell Sports Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Addison Cummings Sports Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Austyn Wilson Sports Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Michaela Miller Personality Profile Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Jennifer Mathew Student Life Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Selah Kelley Clubs and Organizations Arrowhead Christian Academy Redlands California B
Jae Crawford Clubs/Orgs Photography Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Kristen Collins Academics Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Jae Crawford Academics Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Abby Hutsell Sports Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Madison McCoy (C) Sports Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Peyton Grillot Advertising Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Taylor Roberts Advertising Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Sloan Waranch Student Life Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Emily Fussel Student Life Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Madison Mccoy Student Life Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Olivia Page (C) Student Life Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Jae Crawford Academic Photo Boone High School Orlando Florida A
Abby Brunn Theme Development Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Bailey Strickland Caption Writing Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Jackie Coates Caption Writing Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Rachel Anderson Index Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Colton Taylor People Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Nia Garama Student Life Photography Woodward Academy College Park Georgia A
Brandon Brooks Student Life Photography Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Brandon Brooks Student Life Photography Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Haley Burke Clubs/Orgs Photography Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Bailey Strickland Clubs/Orgs Photography Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Colton Taylor Headline Writing and Design Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Kishan Patel Headline Writing and Design Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Michelle Quan Advertising Savannah Christian Prep School Savannah Georgia B
Rachel Anderson Advertising Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Julia Du Photo Illustration Woodward Academy College Park Georgia A
Nicole Crowley Personality Profile Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Colton Taylor Student Life Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Brandon Brooks Sports Action Photo Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Haley Burke Personality Profile Calvary Day School Savannah Georgia B
Kammy Moore Sports Munster High School Munster Indiana A
Elisa Del Toro Index Munster High School Munster Indiana A
Elizabeth Fonseca (C) Index Munster High School Munster Indiana A
Abbey Burris Clubs and Organizations Munster High School Munster Indiana A
Abbie Craig Clubs/Orgs Photography Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Ashton Streit Feature Photography Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Abbie Craig Feature Photography Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Corrina Iler Headline Writing and Design Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Mariana Chavez Photo Illustration Davenport Central Davenport Iowa A
Avery Gathercole Academic Photo Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Jordan DeRoos Sports Action Photo Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Conner Jurasek Academic Photo Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Maddie Boettcher Graphic Design Johnston High School Johnston Iowa A
Haley Maisch Student Life Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Alyssa Vuillemin Clubs/Orgs Photography Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Morgan Vonderbruegge Clubs/Orgs Photography Shawnee Mission North Overland Park Kansas A
Libby Frye Headline Writing and Design Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Tim Williamson Academics Shawnee Mission North Overland Park Kansas A
Alea Beaman Advertising Overland Park Overland Park Kansas A
Sara Stroup Advertising Olathe Northwest High School Olathe Kansas A
Anna Chalupa Clubs and Organizations Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Emily Albers Graphic Design Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Livia Lambrecht (C) Graphic Design Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Anna Weigel (C) Graphic Design Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Mackensay Yazel Academic Photo Shawnee Mission North Overland Park Kansas A
Emily Runge Student Life Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Olivia Rigdon (C) Student Life Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Alea Beaman (C) Student Life Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Kate Kaufman (C) Student Life Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kansas A
Isabella Ramirez Student Life Shawnee Mission North Overland Park Kansas A
Elle Angelo Student Life Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Meredith Norden Student Life Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Rae Thiemann Sports Action Photo Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Lainie Duckworth Graphic Design Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Tiffany Roberts Graphic Design Shawnee Mission North Overland Park Kansas A
Emily Cooper Personality Profile Shawnee Mission East Prairie Village Kansas A
Shelby Foor Student Life Photography Northwest High School Jackson Michigan A
Juliana Belanger Clubs/Orgs Photography Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Emma Shewell Feature Photography Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Lauren Seymour, Jr (C) Feature Photography Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Shelby Foor Sports Northwest High School Jackson Michigan A
Hannah Raymond Student Life Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Catherine Laurain (C) Student Life Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Samantha Smearing (C) Student Life Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Natalie Coltman (C) Student Life Eisenhower High School Shelby Charter Township Michigan A
Shelby Foor Sports Action Photo Northwest High School Jackson Michigan A
Luke Von Arx Academic Photo Minnehaha Academy Mendota Heights Minnesota B
Meena Morar Academic Photo Minnehaha Academy Mendota Heights Minnesota B
Staff Theme Development Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Chloe Long Theme Development Notre Dame De Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Marie Orrick (C) Theme Development Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Hannah Chisnell Student LIfe Francis Howell High School St. Charles Missouri A
Maddie Mitchell People Francis Howell North High School St. Charles Missouri A
Lexi Smith People Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Allie Weinrich (C) People Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Jessica Spivey Student Life Photography Timberland High School Wentzville Missouri A
Claryssa Martin Student Life Photography Richland R-1 School Essex Missouri B
Nicole Gerstein Feature Photography Rockwood Summit Fenton Missouri A
Lauren Jalil Feature Photography Rockwood Summit Fenton Missouri A
Livy Wood Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Sophie Roberts (C) Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Haley Ulowetz Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Mariah Lynn Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Madeline McMaster (C) Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Chloe Long Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Mariah Lynn (C) Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Hannah Somheil Sports Francis Howell High School St. Charles Missouri A
Afton Fennewald Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Elsa Walz (C) Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Lexi Smith (C) Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Haley Ulowetz Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Molly Marx (C) Sports Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Emma Warren Advertising Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Margaret Wolf Photo Illustration Lindbern High School St. Louis Missouri A
Bernadette Kornburger Photo Illustration Francis Howell North High School St. Charles Missouri A
Jamesia Henderson Photo Illustration Francis Howell High School St. Charles Missouri A
Audrey Baker Graphic Design Francis Howell North High School St. Charles Missouri A
Aimee Clive (C) Graphic Design Francis Howell North High School St. Charles Missouri A
Allison Jones Sports Action Photo Richland R-1 School Essex Missouri B
Paige Pinkley Academic Photo Richland R-1 School Essex Missouri B
Isabel Smith Student Life Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Emma Leeker (C) Student Life Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Lauren Hammett (C) Student Life Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Marissa Young (C) Student Life Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Mariah Lynn Student Life Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Katia Hauptmann Student Life Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Courtney Soukup Student Life Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Haley Ulowetz Academics Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
April Forshee Sports Action Photo Puxico High School Puxico Missouri B
Katelyn Pinkley Sports Action Photo Richland R-1 School Essex Missouri B
Katia Hauptmann Academic Photo Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Alex Bradshaw Graphic Design Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Grace Whitener Index Lindbergh High School St. Louis Missouri A
Hanna Metzler Personality Profile Rockwood Summit High School Fenton Missouri A
Ericka Loida Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Nora Carmody (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Libby Herr (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Elise Schiller (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Maddie Clarke Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Nora Carmody (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Celia Rose (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Emma Seeker (C) Personality Profile Kirkwood High School Kirkwood Missouri A
Autumn Schrameyer Clubs and Organizations Francis Howell High School St. Charles Missouri A
Kameron Koppers (C) Clubs and Organizations Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Haley Ulowetz Clubs and Organizations Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Molly Marx (C) Clubs and Organizations Notre Dame de Sion High School Kansas City Missouri B
Landen Stewart Feature Photography Tucumcari High School Tucumcari New Mexico B
Falyn Benavidez Feature Photography Tucumcari High School Tucumcari New Mexico B
Evelyn Carreon Academics Tucumcari High School Tucumcari New Mexico B
Landen Stewart Photo Illustration Tucumcari High School Tucumcari New Mexico B
Joshua Walker Sports Action Photo Tucumcari High School Tucumcari New Mexico B
Ivy Graves Student Life Davidson Day School Davidson North Carolina B
Carly Kline Student Life Davidson Day School Davidson North Carolina B
Delaney Abbruzzese Student Life Photography Dublin Coffman Dublin Ohio A
Cam Bowdy Headline Writing and Design Dublin Coffman Dublin Ohio A
Becca Johanns Theme Development Antwerp Local School Antwerp Ohio B
Erica Meyer (C) Theme Development Antwerp Local School Antwerp Ohio B
Nicole Oesteweicher Theme Development McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Anne Penprase (C) Theme Development McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Nicole Stuessy (C) Theme Development McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Madison Olsen Caption Writing McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Ashley Harrison Caption Writing Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Katelyn Prickett (C) Caption Writing Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Marley Crawford Student Life Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Olivia Johnson (C) Student Life Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Marjorie Slimer (C) Student Life Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Danielle Robinson Index Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Lauren Carter People Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Olivia Johnson (C) People Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Danielle Robinson People Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Kayla Starnes Student Life Photography Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
William Scott Clubs/Orgs Photography Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Damaris De Leon Feature Photography Jersey Village High School Houston Texas A
Matthew Scannell Feature Photography Saint Mary’s Hall San Antonio Texas B
Nicole Stuessy Academics McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Kaylee Norton Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Cathryn Payne (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Hannah Harrell (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Frances Schroeder (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Ali Mashburn Sports Westlake High School Austin Texas A
Olivia Hamilton (C) Sports Westlake High School Austin Texas A
Cathryn Payne Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Blaire Bledsoe (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Hannah Harrell (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Frances Schroeder (C) Sports Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Grace Brady Photo Illustration McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Marley Crawford Personality Profile Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Lauren Potter (C) Personality Profile Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Slyder Welch (C) Personality Profile Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Udani Satarasinghe Personality Profile McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Audrey Sutter Student Life Westlake High School Austin Texas A
Samantha Harwood Theme Development McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Alana Raper (C) Theme Development McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Linley Murdock Theme Development Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Marley Crawford (C) Theme Development Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Hannah Hayes (C) Theme Development Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Cathryn Payne (C) Theme Development Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Racheal Sizemore Sports Action Photo Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Madison Olsen Sports Action Photo McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Ashley Harrison Sports Action Photo Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Kyra Stalnes Sports Action Photo Marble Falls High School Marble Falls Texas A
Racheal Sizemore Sports Action Photo Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
D’Lena Salinaz Academic Photo Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Danielle Robinson Graphic Design Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Danielle Robinson Personality Profile Haltom High School Haltom City Texas A
Charlie Holden Personality Profile McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Tony Lavorgna Personality Profile McCallum High School Austin Texas A
Lily Painter Personality Profile Westlake High School Austin Texas A
Anne Penprase Clubs and Organizations McKinney High School McKinney Texas A
Jaeden Betts Clubs and Organizations Texas High School Texarkana Texas A
Anaiya Thornton Academics Matoaca High School Chesterfield Virginia A
Briana Walton (C) Academics Matoaca High School Chesterfield Virginia A

Winners by Division and Category

Here are the total number of winners in each division and category:

  1. Theme Development = A-12; B-6
  2. Student Life = A-25; B-11
  3. Academics = A-8; B-9
  4. Clubs or Organizations = A-5; B-6
  5. Sports = A-17; B-13
  6. People = A-5; B-5
  7. Advertising = A-5; B-4
  8. Sports Action Photo = A-11; B-6
  9. Academic Photo = A-6; B-5
  10. Student Life Photo = A-9; B-5
  11. Clubs/Organizations Photo = A-7; B-3
  12. Feature Photo = A-8; B-5
  13. Graphic Design = A-11; B-6
  14. Photo Illustration = A-6; B-4
  15. Index = A-6; B-3
  16. Headline Writing and Design = A-4; B-3
  17. Caption Writing = A-4; B-3
  18. Personality Profiles = A-19; B-4