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Congratulations to our 2022 Yearbook Contest winners!
January 8, 2023
For all their differences, IJEA member yearbooks expressed one common sentiment as they chronicled the 2021-22 school year: It’s great to be back!
After spending the previous year in remote or hybrid learning conditions due to COVID-19, Illinois yearbook staffs and their advisers made the most of their return to in-person schooling. With creativity and style, they told their stories of a school year in which the rituals, milestones and traditions of high school life were celebrated precisely because they had become part of normal life once again.
In recognition of their work, the Illinois Journalism Education Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 IJEA Yearbook Contest:
• Division 1 | Enrollment up to 225 | Results
• Division 2 | Enrollment 226 to 450 | Results
• Division 3 | Enrollment 451 to 630 | Results
• Division 4 | Enrollment 631 to 1,000 | Results
• Division 5 | Enrollment 1,001 to 2,200 | Results
• Division 6 | Enrollment 2,201 and greater | Results
Leading the way were the Overall General Excellence winners in the contest’s six enrollment divisions:
Division 1 | Overall General Excellence | Top Three
• 1st: Okawville HS | Timepiece | Dana Donovan, adviser
• 2nd: Brown County HS | Rambler | Kris McCaskill, adviser
• 3rd: Lewistown HS | Legend | Lisa Welker, adviser
PHOTO DISPLAY: The top overall Division 1 yearbook, Okawville’s Timepiece, is in the center, flanked on the left by 2nd-place Brown County and on the right by third-place Lewistown.
Division 2 | Overall General Excellence | Top Three
• 1st: Meridian HS | Meridian Memories | Sheila Moore, adviser*
• 2nd: Pittsfield HS | The Saukee | Laura Shade, adviser
• 3rd: Teutopolis HS | The Afterglow | Emily Petty, adviser
*NOTE: Sheila Moore was the 2021-22 Meridian adviser; TillieAnn Boliard is the current adviser.
PHOTO DISPLAY: The top overall Division 2 yearbook, Meridian’s Meridian Memories, is in the center, flanked on the left by 2nd-place Pittsfield and on the right by third-place Teutopolis.
Division 3 | Overall General Excellence | Top Three
• 1st: U-High Chicago | U-Highlights | Jayna Rumble, adviser
• 2nd: Richmond-Burton Community HS | Endeavor | Beth Marshall, adviser
• 3rd: Herscher HS | Tiger Memories | Kerri Robinson, adviser
PHOTO DISPLAY: The top overall Division 3 yearbook, U-High Chicago’s U-Highlights, is in the center, flanked on the left by 2nd-place Richmond-Burton Community and on the right by third-place Herscher.
Division 4 | Overall General Excellence | Top Three
• 1st: Taylorville HS | The Drift | Stephen M. Steele, adviser
• 2nd: Carbondale Community HS | Dial | Brandi Jones, adviser
• 3rd: Highland HS | Iris | Kelsey Huson, adviser
PHOTO DISPLAY: The top overall Division 4 yearbook, Taylorville’s The Drift, is in the center, flanked on the left by 2nd-place Carbondale Community and on the right by third-place Highland.
Division 5 | Overall General Excellence | Top Four (tie for first place)
• 1st (tie): Downers Grove North HS | The Cauldron | Kathy J. Smith, adviser
• 1st (tie): Quincy HS | Quippi | Stacie Niffen, adviser
• 2nd: Pekin HS | Pekinian | Alyson Smith, adviser
• 3rd: Grayslake North HS | A Knight’s Tale | Ashley Kopecky, adviser
PHOTO DISPLAY: Moving clockwise from top left are the top overall Division 5 yearbooks (tied for first place), Downers Grove North’s Cauldron and Quincy’s Quippi, followed by second-place Pekin and third-place Grayslake North.
Division 6 | Overall General Excellence | Top Three
• 1st: Glenbrook South HS | Etruscan | Brenda Field, adviser
• 2nd: Edwardsville HS | The Tiger | Amanda Thrun, adviser
• 3rd: Oswego East HS | Wolf’s Eye | Colleen Calvey, adviser
PHOTO DISPLAY: The top overall Division 6 yearbook, Glenbrook South’s Etruscan, is in the center, flanked on the left by 2nd-place Edwardsville and on the right by third-place Oswego East.
Schools could submit their 2021-22 yearbooks up to the mid-November deadline, ensuring that fall-delivery books were included in the judging. This was the second year in the contest’s history in which advisers submitted their entry forms online.
The books were judged in eight individual categories: copy writing, coverage of the school year, divider pages, graphics, layout and design, photography, sports coverage and theme development.
Books earned points based on how they placed in each category:
• 1st = 5 points
• 2nd = 4 points
• 3rd = 3 points
• Honorable mention = 1 point
The three books with the highest scores in each division received first, second and third place for Overall General Excellence in their respective divisions. Other books in each division received honorable mention as recommended by judges.
The judges were drawn from the ranks of experienced journalists, teachers and advisers.
Congratulations to all of our contest participants! We are proud of the amazing work you do each year throughout Illinois. Best of luck on your continuing coverage of the current school year; we can’t wait to see next year’s entries!
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