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Channing ISD recognized for excellence


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By Cassidy Horn, freshman

Screams fill the room as students huddle around Mrs. Ziegler. The Yearbook Yearbook is in and the Channing yearbook has gone national again. “Holy cow!  It felt wonderful to get into the Yearbook Yearbook,” Junior Mackenzie McLain said. “Last year we got a mention in it, but this time we got our work put in it. Everyone can see what we did and it’s great. It means that we did a good enough job that it gets to join the group that’s considered the best.”

The yearbook staff has been trying to make it into the Yearbook Yearbook, for the past few years.  Last year they received an honorable mention in the book, but this year, they were recognized by Taylor Publishing with an Award of Excellence honoring their accomplishments in yearbook design and coverage. The cover and a spread were featured in the 24th edition.

    The cover was designed by Editors Kim Gambrell and Mackenzie McLain. “I was excited because it feels like the cover is mine and Mackenzie’s baby. We created it,” Gambrell said. “We decided to go away from a traditional red and black Yearbook.  We thought it was good, but we didn’t know what to expect.

Bailey Hooten designed the featured spread. “I was so excited and in shock. I couldn’t wait to tell my parents,” Hooton said. “I was very inexperienced at the time and didn’t know much because it was my first [freshman] year.”

“Although each of these students deserves praise for their hard work, I am proud of the dedication of the entire staff,” Mrs. Ziegler, yearbook sponsor, said. “It took all of them to earn this award. The rest of the staff consists of: Dre Vasquez, Jayda Ramey, Breanna Hall, Brandon Hooten, Wesley Darcy, Carla Zamudio, Breana Burch, KayLyn Vines, April Rice and Allyson Ford.”

Yearbooks published by Taylor for the 2009 school year were evaluated in one or more of the following areas: cover design, theme development, layout design, photo content and secondary pages. Taylor Publishing names only the top ten percent of the yearbook staffs nationwide for outstanding yearbook achievement.

“Being selected for Yearbook Yearbook is like being handed an Oscar, an acknowledgement of superior quality,” educational specialist Judi Coolidge said. “But more important, your work will be admired by thousands of student journalist who use Yearbook Yearbook as an inspiration to ignite their creative process.”