Special Photo. George Walton Academy's 2010 yearbook will be one of three recognized at the 2010 Premier Print Awards in an Oct. 3 ceremony. The staff includes Anna Barnes of Monroe, Katy Bradley of Social Circle, design editor Alex Cole of Oxford, Keeli Garriott of Monroe, Stephany Grundy of Monroe, Kaitlin Hames of Loganville, Zoie Mitchell of Monroe, Beau Mumford of Loganville, David Porter of Loganville, photo editor Jessica Stephens of Loganville, editor-in-chief Kathryn Wardell of Monroe and Kristen Williams of Monroe. The group's advisor is Brian Cole, and the yearbook facilitator is Kelly Waldo.
MONROE -- George Walton Academy's yearbook staff is now an internationally award-winning group.
Its 2010 yearbook, titled Resume with the theme Forte, is among three Herff Jones-printed yearbooks that will be recognized by the Printing Industries of America at an Oct. 3 ceremony honoring winners of the 2010 Premier Print Awards. The graphic arts industry's largest and most prestigious international printing competition, the Premier Print Awards recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of outstanding print communications.
"We were really surprised about the award because our publishing company, Herff Jones, submitted the book for the competition," said Brian Cole, the yearbook advisor and Fine Arts Department chair at GWA. "It is nice to see something that we put so much hard work into get international recognition."
Less than 7 percent of the more than 3,200 entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world received this distinction.
The yearbook staff included Anna Barnes of Monroe, Katy Bradley of Social Circle, Design Editor Alex Cole of Oxford, Keeli Garriott of Monroe, Stephany Grundy of Monroe, Kaitlin Hames of Loganville, Zoie Mitchell of Monroe, Beau Mumford of Loganville, David Porter of Loganville, photo editor Jessica Stephens of Loganville, editor in chief Kathryn Wardell of Monroe and Kristen Williams of Monroe.
The group is led by Cole and yearbook facilitator Kelly Waldo.
Regionally, the yearbook also was recently rated by the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and received an evaluation of All-Southern, SIPA's highest evaluation rating. All-Southern publications demonstrate excellence in all areas of scholastic journalism production. These publications effectively integrate writing, design and photography/art to give readers an excellent record of the year.
"It is a history of the school as well as an intriguing look at the school population," said one evaluator. "This is truly a labor of love in gathering the information for a time line and chronological information that you have presented."
Other evaluators called the book "thorough and entertaining" with a contemporary design and also commended the advisor and editors for their guidance.
The group also is waiting to hear from the National Scholastic Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association about ratings.
The staff already is hard at work on the next edition of the 40-year-old school's yearbook, which will be published in May.