Judges selected 36 Sweepstakes Award and 297 National Award winners in the 2016 Yearbook Excellence Contest. Over 1,400 entries were evaluated.
The professionals serving 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 pieces. In addition, the Theme Development winners were commended for their unique designs and diligent work in producing creative yearbooks.
Gold Keys and the opportunity to apply for college journalism scholarships were awarded to yearbook staff members recognized in this year’s contest. The contest was presented in partnership with Balfour, Herff Jones, Jostens, Picaboo and Walsworth yearbook companies.
Sweepstakes winners (see list below) will receive plaques from Quill and Scroll. The 2016 contest had two enrollment categories (A – 750 student enrollment or more; and B – 749 or less) that account for the 36 sweepstakes winners. The number of winners in each of 18 divisions are: Theme Development: A-5, B-5; Student Life: A-11, B-9; Academics: A-12, B-9; Clubs or Organizations: A-9, B-6; Sports: A-11, B-11; People: A-6, B-6; Advertising: A-8, B-7; Sports Action Photo: A-12, B-8; Academic Photo: A-9, B-6; Student Life Photo: A-8, B-5; Clubs or Organizations Photo: A-5, B-5; Feature Photo: A-7, B-7; Graphic Design: A-22, B-13; Photo Illustration A-4, B-4; Index: A-6, B-5; Headline Writing and Design: A-4, B-4; Caption Writing A-9, B-3; and Personality Profiles A-23, B-13.