2016-2017 KHSJA Yearbook Contest results

2016-2017 Yearbook Contest Results

 

***Note: As allowed by the contest rules, some schools were moved down in class in order to better balance the competition. Some AAA schools were moved to AA and some AA schools were moved to A

 

 

Class A

 

  1. Cover Design

First place

Calloway County High School

Great cover design. This cover makes me want to pull this book off the shelf and look through it. I like the fact that you remembered the book has a back and sometimes gets laid face down. Even face down, it draws the reader in.

You might want to add the volume number to the spine, but other than that this is a very clean and neat cover that ties together with the theme nicely

 

Second place

Mercy High School

This is a nice cover. The colors in “Our Adventure Book” might have more pop if they were on a lighter colored background. If I’m making a correct observation, the cover depicts a journal in which you would record your adventures, so the darker background accurately depicts what many journals look like, but at the same time you want a cover that draws people in just from the looks of it and bright colors do that. With your color selections for the cover, a matte finish would really enhance the journal idea. Don’t forget the cover has a back that doesn’t have to be left blank.

 

Third place

Clarksville High School

This is a nice cover that reflects your theme. Question—would you have been better off to delete the starts (what is their purpose?) and moved the title up on the book.

Don’t forget the cover has a back that can also be used to develop and carry out the theme.

 

  1. Writing Style

First place

Mercy High School

You have done a great job telling your 2016 story not only with pictures but also with words. Be sure your readers don’t miss anything when choosing your backgrounds. For example, your type gets lost on page 81 because of the grey background fading to even darker gray. The black type is unreadable. Good job overall on both the stories and captions. They are well written and informative and provide an excellent history of the school year.

 

Second place

Clarksville (Indiana) High School

You have a nice narrative to go along with each spread. The copy is well-written, easy to read and gives a good work snapshot of the year’s events.

 

Third place

Calloway County High School

While your yearbook doesn’t have very much writing, what is there is well written. It would be great to see you add highlights of each event, club, sport or activity; rather than just use pictures, use words as well so that you record the history of the school year. You also need to be sure you use captions with every picture. Remember in 10, 20 or 30 years you won’t remember half of these people without the written work to jog your memory—you may remember the faces, but will you be able to name them?

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

Mercy High School

Nice layouts that create a clean, neat page. Thoughtful copy. Good job overall. Be careful about choosing background—sometime they overwhelm the pictures and copy (see pp. 80-81 and 78-79 as examples.) Also, remember to choose backgrounds that enhance the spread, not just backgrounds that you think or cute or nice. Don’t let your backgrounds become a distraction for the reader.

 

Second place

Calloway County High School

You have created nice layouts that flow with your cover design. While the color backgrounds are nice, they don’t have to be the school colors. You have used your puzzle piece graphics very effectively, but your use of script type should be done sparingly. It is difficult to use script type effectively, especially when you reverse it on a color background. Overall, this is a very nice book.

 

Third place

Clarksville High School

Your design is nice but sometimes confusing. The XVI is scattered throughout—even as every other page number in a much larger type than necessary. While you have the XVI throughout the book, it doesn’t always seem to serve a purpose. At the top of the school day pictures, you have used quotes on various topics from different students. While this is a great concept, the quotation marks are not standard size throughout and overpower the quote itself. I’m not sure how many classes are represented because there is not break between grade levels. You have great layouts and copy and have used the X very effectively, but what about the V and I?

 

  1. Theme development

First place

Calloway County High School

You have done a nice job using the puzzle pieces throughout to remind readers of your theme, but you could have carried it out even better by referencing puzzle and pieces in your headlines (I only found one headline that says “Pieces of our last year). Your end sheet is great but what if you had used connected puzzle pieces and let each student sign inside one.

 

Second place

Mercy High School

Be sure to carry out your theme in the entire book—just using the map in the introduction and on the division pages isn’t enough. Your headlines and copy should also reflect our theme (i.e. Mapping out our future… or similar words related to maps). Just choose our words carefully so they subtlety remind the reader of the book’s theme

 

Third place

Clarksville High School

You have done a good job using the X to form the XVI to carry the theme throughout the book, but you also need to include the V and I. You need to be consistent throughout. Making the X larger and in color is very eye catching and a good way to keep your theme at the forefront.

 

  1. Use of Graphics

First place

Calloway County High School

Nice use of the puzzle pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes throughout the book. You might vary their use by piecing two or three pieces together and ghosting a picture behind then or having the pieces slightly apart with one picture in them like you are actually working a jigsaw puzzle. That might work well on your division pages. The larger puzzle piece you use on the division pieces worked nicely, but putting a picture in it and running the name of the section underneath might also have a nice effect. Good job

 

Second place

Mercy High School

There is minimal use of graphics, but the headlines (the variety of type, placement, etc.) works as effectively as a graphic. This book has a real magazine feel and is nicely done. The variety of backgrounds just isn’t enough,

 

Third place

Clarksville High School

You’ve done a good job incorporating the X as a graphic in your headlines, but overall, your use of graphics is limited. Try using different type styles to enhance the Xs so they have a graphic feel.

 

  1. Photography

First place

Clarksville High School

Nice photography work, but you need to increase their size to showcase them. You want your readers to be able to truly appreciate the work of your photographers. You have created a nice magazine layout style yearbook. Notice that magazines use one large photo on their spreads and a few smaller photos to add to it. SHOWCASE your work.

 

Second place

Calloway County High School

Nice photos, very crisp and well framed. Work on your layouts to highlight these pictures. Use a dominant photo surrounded by a few smaller ones. Don’t try to see how many pictures you can get on a page. Rather, let the pictures tell the story, but use a feature picture on each spread.

 

Third place

Berea Community High School

You have some great photos—work on your layouts to reduce the number of; pictures per spread and increase the size of the pictures you choose so the readers can appreciate the work of your photographers.

 

  1. Advertising Section

First place

Calloway County High School

You have an outstanding ad section. It is obvious the staff works hard to secure ads so you can continue to produce a quality book. To be sure your advertisers get their money’s worth, you might consider running some candid photos from various events throughout your business ads.

 

Second place

Mercy High School

You have a nice advertising section. Since our whole book in printed in color, you might want to consider mixing the business and senior ads so that your reader looks through the whole book. That would help ensure your readers know who supports your book; otherwise, many people stop looking at the end of the senior ads.

 

Third place

Clarksville High School

The ads are nicely done and placed among school events, which ensures they will be seen. Your only other option would be to run all the ads together and include candid photos among them so readers will look at every page.

 

  1. Overall Coverage

First place

Mercy High School

This is a wonderful book. It is obvious the staff takes pride in their work. There is a nice combination of both photographs and narrative that creates a great history of the school year. Just be careful with the background selections so that they don’t distract from the true purpose of your book. You have created a very nice product and you want to be sure you showcase the events, not the backgrounds. Also work on lightening your photos. Some of the contrast could easily be corrected before publication, and remember to look carefully at how the type will be presented when you choose to reverse it or place it on a colored background. Congratulations on a job well done.

 

Second place

Clarksville High School

This is a very nice yearbook. The staff did a great job of telling the story of the school year through a combination of pictures and copy. Your narratives are well written and your photographs are very well done. Work to make our theme more noticeable throughout the book.

 

Third place

Calloway County High School

This is a wonderful picture book. The only thing standing between it and first place is the lack of narratives about the school year. You would have a top-notch product if you would reduce the number of pictures, use a layout with a dominate picture and fewer, smaller pictures and wrote some stories about the events you are covering. Overall, you have covered a great number of activities, but your reader needs to know what happened. Did that club win any awards, did you have a golfer that did exceptionally well, did the football team have a winning record, were there any standout moments during the years that you want your classmates to remember?

 

Class AA

 

  1. Cover Design

First place

South Warren High School

With a trendy cutout and embossed foil, this cover’s screen print design combines for a stylish and thematic effect. It’s inviting and dynamic.

 

Second place

Highlands High School

A retro cover features an embossed school logo celebrating a century of tradition. The design is intentionally retro, straight out of the memory book style but lacks the “pop” a good cover accomplishes by intriguing readers to want to know more.

 

Third place

Trinity High School

A vinyl matte old-school design highlights “hungry and humble,” the Shamrock’s theme.   A little too simplistic with a retro group photo and theme statement could benefit from a different approach, perhaps one that combines old and new.

 

  1. Writing Style

First place

South Warren High School

“I can hear you now.” Yes, The Chronicle has just that much voice. With feature leads cram-packed with information and direct quotes, their writing style is not only appropriate for a yearbook, but also engages the reader.

 

Second place

Trinity High School

The Shamrock has correct and informative writing, both in stories and captions, absolutely loaded with information. Next time, I recommend the staff do more research on their captions and avoid formulaic structures—be more feature-y by adding voice in their writing.

 

Third place

Highlands High School

Although their stories are somewhat too news style, the writers incorporate good direct quotes and try to draw the reader in through reflection and perspective. Next time, write feature leads with a “this year only” voice—yearbook stories are as a rule not news.

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

South Warren High School

Good to run good pictures — good and large. With a trendy design, the book uses pops of color to create eye candy on ever so many spreads. Danger Will Robinson: all copy should be readable—don’t let design hijack the font choice. Running thumbnails at bottom is a good way to increase coverage, too.

 

Second place

Highlands High School

Although The Highlander’s design is somewhat too conservative for me, the occasional use of tilted pictures and cutouts along with gradient color layers increases the beauty of most spreads. Please avoid the use of hard to read script display faces in headlines. The deliberate use of old black and white photos for the anniversary celebration was a nice throwback effect.

 

Third place

Trinity High School

Classic. Traditional. Color and zero registration photos—the Shamrock celebrated 60 years of excellence and tradition, a fitting tribute to honor so many achievements. But the book could still use a shot of trendy to avoid being so retro in design, something I don’t think the staff was aiming for. I could be wrong, however.

 

  1. Theme Development

First place

South Warren High School

“Noteworthy” theme is everywhere it should be: folios, title page, endsheets, division pages and colophon. Well done, attractive and informative. Next year consider thematic copy blocks and captions on the division pages, to avoid missed opportunities.

 

Second place

Highlands High School

With an anniversary theme, The Highlander blended old and new proudly, to document the accomplishments and changes of the past century. Well done! More thematic copy could have been included on traditional spots such as title page and elsewhere, with more thematic tie-ins.

 

Third place

Trinity High School

Good thematic content is where it belongs such as on title page and division pages. Repetition of theme is not the same as theme development, however. Some stories did reflect theme successfully, but in this case, less was not more. When you have a great theme as you did, the opportunities to elaborate are numerous.

 

  1. Use of Graphics

First place

South Warren High School

Thematic hand-written notes, layers and screened boxes make for one e-mag inspired design. I loved the shaped and cutout pictures, as well as pull quotes.

 

Second place

Highlands High School

Bold use of color backgrounds and tinted pictures color bars and cutout pictures. Good to limit use of clipart and over burned heads and copy. Caution: avoid unreadable copy of any kind.

 

Third place

Trinity High School

Classic traditional design is subordinate to informative reporting, a journalistic decision. Box scores, running folios, overburns and reverse heads—these are all good graphics. BUT, please consider using more trendy graphic designs next year.

 

  1. Photography

First place

South Warren High School

Two things jump out at the reader. Many true candids capture moments of the student body, on and off campus. Few photo special effects keep the content the main thing. Wow. I’d prefer seeing the great photos run larger, as well as eliminating some of the average pictures which were run smaller. Edit more ruthlessly!

 

Second place

Trinity High School

The best true candids come from sports and performance arts. Very well done, but most of the photos are posed or posed looking which takes away from otherwise solid photographic book. Consider running the group/posed photos smaller and the candids larger to record more special moments and true memories.

 

Third place

Not awarded

 

  1. Advertising Section

First place

South Warren High School

The staff made tremendous effort in this section, with both senior and business ads. A variety of graphic techniques employed to create a pleasing design, blending in well with the rest of the book: color galore, overlays, shadows, reverse tool lines, for example. I recommend next time to limit font choices and maintain a hard line on readability. Good job!

 

Second place

Highlands High School

Mostly senior ads, this section is obviously committed to a readable, classic design. Not as creative as it could be, but the advertising definitely gets the job done and makes the customers happy. Slick!

 

Third place

Not awarded

 

  1. Overall Coverage

First place

South Warren High School

The Chronicle had me at its 36-page student life section. On campus. Off campus. History. Culture. The coverage includes student body culture representing all groups with stories and photos through and through. What a great job! Nobody loves South Warren High like this yearbook staff does, and it’s evident on every spread.

 

Second place

Trinity High School

Thorough and rock-chock full of Shamrock, the book contains page after page of factual information about students, supporters, and cram-packed detailed events. Yes, it even has scorecards. Perhaps next time, including more off-campus student life would extend coverage to all aspects of the student experience.

 

Third place

Highlands High School

Solid and good, The Highlander does indeed cover most aspects of student body events and culture. Every dimension is covered to some degree. Next time, I’d like to see what this staff could do with more re-writes, better interview questions, more layers of pull quotes and more depth. Sharpen the pencil and be ruthless, but keep on doing what you’re good at: including everyone.

 

Class AAA

 

  1. Cover Design

First place

South Oldham High School

With multiple techniques, this litho cover features a cool cutout and embossed and foil all caps, “UN.” It’s attractive and thematic with a meaningful message on the back as well, promising “un-told” stories and photos inside. I think you can judge this book by its cover.

 

Second place

duPont Manual High School

Dramatic skyline photo on a litho cover suggests a dreamy perspective. With a simple statement of an existential theme, “the pursuit of being,” –yes– you make me think deep thoughts. I’ll hold my breath and dive into this ambitious stream of thought, gladly.

 

Third place

Fern Creek High School

This litho cover featured a thematic bracket cutout and an attractive black on charcoal mascot. With a single word theme, “re-define,” the cover needed more context to help the reader “get” what’s promised inside.

 

  1. Writing Style

First place

duPont Manual High School

The Crimson’s true feature leads appeal to all the senses and lure the reader in. The stories, with well-edited quotes, keep him there. Journalistic style, correct usage and grammar and thematic influence sing a descant to the story’s tuneful melody. I’m all in.

 

Second place

Fern Creek High School

With journalistic style stories and direct quotes, this book earned a second place. I’d encourage the writers to have more variety in their feature-y leads, use better quotes earlier in the story and strive to get more facts in their captions.

 

Third place

South Oldham High School

This book has good, factual stories and captions with IDs. But to improve, I recommend the writers research captions more, use more one-of-a-kind direct quotes and feature-ize the leads.

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

duPont Manual High School

Where do I start? The Crimson is over the top creative, with dark and light balanced spreads. Layer upon layers, fonts large and pictures cut out–I’m eager to see what’s on the next page. What’s more important than describing their design is the overall impact it has on the reader. When the design reflects the theme, glory occurs. The foldouts and larger than life photos are compelling as well. Eye candy enough to put me on a diet.

 

Second place

Fern Creek High School

Their good, basic design includes good pull quotes, cutout photos and info boxes. Note, however, that every spread needs a dominant photo to guide the reader. Also make all copy readable.

 

Third place

South Oldham High School

The Draconium features a classic design scheme with good color and font choices. Yet the headlines and use of color background reflects current trends. Next time, develop headline style more and run your great photos larger.

 

  1. Theme Development

First place

duPont Manual High School

More than correct content. More than unifying. More than eye candy. Thematic sweet spots on opening, closing and division pages are clearly pursuits of being. More than just those pages. More than everywhere. And with more than lingering thoughtfulness.

 

Second place

South Oldham High School

Thematic content is correct and where it should be on title page, division pages and endsheets. Good! Consider next time to develop and elaborate more thematic style stories. Rather than just repeating the theme, illustrate it more thoughtfully.

 

Third place

Fern Creek High School

“Re-define” showed how this school is creating its own identity and remaking history. Good! It also had thematic and consistent use of brackets throughout. Next time, have theme inspire all content and photo selection, rather than compartmentalize it.

 

  1. Use of Graphics

First place

duPont Manual High School

With super-sized headlines and special pullout sections, this book has consistently used effective layering of photos, color and font. With too many examples to mention, the staff used special graphics on almost every spread. Hint: Consider using a san-serif font to reverse on a 100 percent color to improve readability.

 

Second place

Fern Creek High School

With a classy use of color fonts, boxes and reverse type, The Tiger has several good examples of graphics. I really liked the informative and attractive scorecards and restrained use of reverse type. Good job.

 

Third place

South Oldham High School

Color fonts and boxes, shadow headlines and color brackets are all good examples of Draconium’s graphics. Consider trendier use of colors, layers and pull quotes. Go for it!

 

  1. Photography

First place

duPont Manual High School

Super sized, in your face photos highlight the great technical and composition skills showcased in this book. Double-truck spreads and bonus pull outs help capture the moments and personality of the school in a trendy and lavish way. An added plus: the photos also reflect the existential theme, which is an impressive reach. It’s impossible to read this book without being pulled in; resistance is futile.

 

Second place

Fern Creek High School

Deserving pictures run large with true capture-the-moment candids make this book a favorite. Clear and crisp pictures look good for sure, but too many posed or posed looking pictures distract from overall good emotional impact.

 

Third place

South Oldham High School

This staff knows its student body well—with many faces greeting readers. Clear and crisp photography, too. I want to encourage this good staff to strive for more emotion in their photos, and to be aware of using too many similar aspect photos on the same spread.

 

  1. Advertising Section

First place

duPont Manual High School

Because it has the same high level of excellence in design and content, finding the ad section is like an egg hunt. I’ll give you a hint: look on the final pages of the book. Sophisticated, consistent and maintaining the same high quality of the yearbook in design and font choices, this ad section knocks it out of the ballpark.

 

Second place

South Oldham High School

This ad section looks great, is readable, fairly consistent and attractive. To improve, this section should have all ads meet the same high quality of photography and consistent margins as rest of book. Good use of “what’s different about you” with direct quotes and mug shots.

 

Third place

Fern Creek High School

Colorful backgrounds with harmonious fonts make this ad section attractive. Next time use more contemporary trends in design for greater eye appeal.

 

  1. Overall Coverage

First place

duPont Manual High School

Social media, on and off campus events, sports, academics, life and the inner person as well as the outer. With deep and deftly edited coverage, this book expertly reflects the variety of students, their lives and “the pursuit of being.”

 

Second place

Fern Creek High School

With scorecards, pull quotes and Q&A features all add up to solid coverage to “re-define” Fern Creek. More off-campus features would only enhance this good coverage and give the total picture of student body history and culture.

 

Third place

South Oldham High School

Yes! It’s always good to include fads and trends along with academics and sports. Student yearbooks need coverage from both off and on campus as well as scorecards in sports to make a complete record of year.