Congratulations to 2015 NSPA HJ Award Winners!

Congratulations to 2015 NSPA HJ Award Winners!

Lots of Herff Jones staffs celebrated recognition for their 2015 yearbooks at the recent JEA/NSPA National Spring Journalism Convention in Los Angeles. The National Scholastic Press Association honored 88 middle school and high school yearbooks in its Pacemaker competition at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 16. Of the 50 books winning national Pacemakers, 26 were printed by Herff Jones.

Herff Jones Yearbooks presented with 2015 Pacemaker honors included the following:

Equus, Dobson HS, Mesa, AZ

La Vista, Mountain View HS, Mesa, AZ

Titanium, Antelope (CA) HS

Nugget, Cupertino (CA) HS

Jamboree, Toby Johnson MS, Elk Grove, CA

Rampages, Casa Roble HS, Orangevale, CA

Summit, Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, CO

The Prowl, Powell MS, Littleton, CO

Eagle Eye View, Sierra MS, Parker, CO

Paragon, Munster (IN) HS

Le Flambeau, Notre Dame de Sion, Kansas City, MO

Westwind, West Henderson HS, Hendersonville, NC

Daedalus, Northeastern HS, Manchester, PA

The Hawk, Pleasant Grove HS, Texarkana, TX

The Quest, John Champe HS, Aldie, VA

Techniques, TJHSST, Alexandria, VA

Nuntius, Altavista (VA) Combined School

Crag, Turner Ashby HS, Bridgewater, VA

Odyssey, Chantilly (VA) HS

The Guardian, Westfield HS, Chantilly, VA

The Cavalier, Geo. Washington HS, Danville, VA

Sentry, Robinson MS, Fairfax, VA

Above & Beyond, Robinson Secondary, Fairfax, VA

The Buzzer, Brookville HS, Lynchburg, VA

The Clan, McLean (VA) HS

Theogony, Hidden Valley HS, Roanoke, VA


An additional 21 Herff Jones-printed books were recognized as Pacemaker Finalists at the convention:

Ingenium, Greenfield Jr HS, Gilbert, AZ; Mesquite Roots, Mesquite HS, Gilbert, AZ; Farrier, The Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA; Wingspan, James C. Enochs HS, Modesto, CA; OIS Scenario, Orinda (CA) Intermediate; El Cazador, Huntington MS, San Marino, CA; Titanian, San Marino (CA) HS; The Crusader, Castle Rock (CO) MS; Golden Images, Chaparral HS, Parker, CO; Epic, Legend HS, Parker, CO; The Cobra, Coleman MS, Tampa, FL; Pinnacle, Carmel (IN) HS; Log, Columbus (IN) North HS; Dragon, Johnston (IA) HS; The Legend, Lafayette HS, Wildwood, MO; Nai’a, Greenspun Jr HS, Henderson, NV; Tesserae, Corning-Painted Post HS, Corning, NY; Pelican, Pelham (NY) Memorial HS; Lair, Lake Braddock HS, Burke, VA; Cavalier Classic, Carroll County HS, Hillsville, VA; and Accolade, Cave Spring HS, Roanoke, VA.

The Pacemaker, NSPA’s highest honor for publications, is unofficially known as the “Pulitzer Prize of student journalism.” A panel of judges considers coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics in naming Pacemaker Finalists and Pacemakers.

The other major yearbook competition at the convention was NSPA’s Best of Show, where Herff Jones schools took home trophy honors in two of five categories and garnered 27 of the 49 places awarded.

Herff Jones awarded schools are listed below in green:

Junior High Yearbook

  1. Jamboree, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, CA
  2. The Scrapbook, Westfield (IN) Middle School
  3. Eagle Eye View, Sierra Middle School, Parker, CO
  4. The Prowl, Powell Middle School, Littleton, CO
  5. Sentry, Robinson Middle School, Fairfax, VA
  6. The Crusader, Castle Rock (CO) Middle School
  7. Ingenium, Greenfield Junior High School, Gilbert, AZ
  8. El Cazador, Huntington Middle School, San Marino, CA
  9. Specifics, Seven Lakes Junior High School, Katy, TX

Yearbook 232 or Fewer Pages

  1. Rampages, Casa Roble High School, Orangevale, CA
  2. Historian, McClintock High School, Tempe, AZ
  3. Crag, Turner Ashby High School, Bridgewater, VA
  4. Wings, Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands, CA
  5. Daedalus, Northeastern High School, Manchester, PA
  6. Surfer, Coronado Middle School, Coronado, CA
  7. Chronicle, Classical Academy High School, Escondido, CA
  8. Excalibur, Higley High School, Gilbert, AZ
  9. Mesquite Roots, Mesquite High School, Gilbert, AZ
  10. Spud Annual, Idaho Falls (ID) High School

Yearbook 233-288 Pages

  1. Details, Whitney High School, Rocklin, CA
  2. Decamhian, Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks, CA
  3. The Miller, Yukon (OK) High School
  4. Sunset, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ
  5. Log, Columbus (IN) North High School
  6. Lion’s Roar, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, TN
  7. Westwind, Lewis-Palmer High School, Monument, CO
  8. Titanium, Antelope (CA) High School
  9. Tonitrus, Rocklin (CA) High School
  10. The JAG, Mill Valley High School, Shawnee, KS

Yearbook 289-336 Pages

  1. The Arena, Legacy High School, Mansfield, TX
  2. Wingspan, James C. Enochs High School, Modesto, CA
  3. Indian, Shawnee Mission North High School, Overland Park, KS
  4. Titanian, San Marino (CA) High School
  5. Vox Populi, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, CA
  6. Howelltonian, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, MO
  7. Aquila, Etiwanda (CA) High School
  8. Re-Wa-Ne, Reno (NV) High School
  9. Above & Beyond, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA
  10. Epic, Legend High School, Parker, CO

Yearbook 337 or More Pages

  1. Legend, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, FL
  2. Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, KS
  3. Tesserae, Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning, NY
  4. Etruscan, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL
  5. Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS
  6. El Paisano, Westlake High School, Austin, TX
  7. Pinnacle, Carmel (IN) High School
  8. Ursus, Granite Bay (CA) High School
  9. Odyssey, Chantilly (VA) High School
  10. Legend, Coronado High School, El Paso, TX

More than 3,875 student journalists and their advisers from more than 500 schools in 41 states, plus Canada attended the JEA/NSPA Spring National HS Journalism convention where the awards were presented.

A BIG congratulations to all winners!

ANN AKERS

ANN AKERS

Education Manager, Herff Jones Yearbook Division

In addition to my friends and family, my job and yearbooks, I love sunshine, hot glass, funky art and anything penguin. Because I've already visited all 50 states, I am now thinking about crossing off my remaining continents.
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