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H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year

About the Award

The National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year program is designed to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year, as well as throughout their careers.

The application process will be an all-digital submission.

A selection panel, made up of the most recently selected Yearbook Advisers of the Year, and a team of four student-media experts will review the entries prior to and at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Points will be awarded based on a rubric, and the top advisers will be named National Yearbook Adviser of the Year, Distinguished Yearbook Adviser or Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser.

Announcement of winners will be made in December or January. Winners will be recognized during the adviser luncheon at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention where the Yearbook Adviser of the Year will speak. The YAOY and Distinguished Advisers will be featured in the convention program and will be part of a panel discussion about yearbooks.

A $500 award for the winner’s school, and up to four $500 awards for Distinguished Advisers’ schools may be used to buy equipment for the yearbook classroom or to fund student scholarships to summer workshops. The Yearbook Adviser of the Year will have his or her travel and hotel paid for the convention when he or she receives the award. In addition, the recipient also will receive a personal $1,000 prize.

The National Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition is underwritten by

  • Platinum-level sponsors ($2,000) — Balfour Yearbooks, Herff Jones Inc., Jostens Printing and Publishing, Walsworth Yearbooks

Application Checklist

APPLY ONLINE NOW

All entries must be digital. It is suggested that the applicant prepare and save all answers to the essay questions on a separate document then copy and paste into the digital application in case of interruption or computer error. You will need to upload the following materials in addition to answering qualifying questions:

  • An updated resume (PDF, maximum 500k).
  • No more than five letters of recommendation from administrators, colleagues, current/former students or others who are familiar with your work. (PDF, maximum 500k each)
  • Two JPEG photos of at least 200 ppi each:  1. A high-quality color head shot.  2. A candid photo of you teaching/working with students.
  • PDFs of the following pages/spreads from the most recently published yearbook. Maximum 10 files at 10 MB each. Facing pages (a double-page spread) must be exported as one spread, not two single pages, for viewing/judging purposes.
    • Cover
    • Front Endsheet (include Table of Contents, wherever they appear)
    • Title Page
    • Opening Spread(s)
    • One Divider
    • One Index Spread
    • One People Spread
    • Colophon
    • Closing or Parting
    • Up to five spreads from inside coverage of your choosing.

Deadline

Materials must be received by Oct. 15.

Recipients

2016
H.L. Hall  Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Nancy Y. Smith, MJE, Lafayette High School, Wildwood, Mo.

Distinguished Yearbook Adviser
Justin Daigle, CJE, Brighton (Colo.) High School

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Adrienne Forgette, MJE, Darlington School, Rome, Ga.
Leland Mallett, CJE, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas

2015
H.L. Hall  Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Renee Burke, MJE, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Erinn Harris, MJE, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.
Michael Simons, MJE, Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning, N.Y.

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Leslie Shipp, MJE, Johnston (Iowa) High School
Sarah Verpooten, MJE, Lake Central High School, St. John, Ind.
Laura Zhu, CJE, Toby Johnson Middle School, Elk Grove, Calif.

2014
H.L. Hall  Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Margaret Sorrows, CJE, Bryant (Ark.) High School

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Renee Burke, MJE, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Fla.
Kristi Rathbun, CJE, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Pamela Bunka, Fenton (Mich.) High School
Justin Daigle, CJE, Brighton (Colo.) High School
Amy Morgan, MJE, Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park, Kan.

2013
H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Brenda Gorsuch, West Henderson High School in Hendersonville, N.C.

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Brenda Field, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Ill.
Jed Palmer, Sierra Middle School, Parker, Colo.
Meghan Percival, McLean (Va.) High School

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Thomas Gayda, North Central High School, Indianapolis
Patricia Monroe, Burges High School, El Paso, Texas
Erinn Harris, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.
Nicole Wilson, Carmel (Ind.) High School.

2012
H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Cindy Todd, Westlake High School in Austin, Texas

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Michele Dunaway, MJE, from Francis Howell High School in Saint Charles, Mo.
Tamra McCarthy, CJE, from James C. Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif.

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Judy Cannaday from Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Margie DiCesare, from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz.
Heather Nagel from Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn.
Elizabeth Palmer, CJE, from duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky.

2011
Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Kim Green, MJE, Columbus (Ind.) North High School

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Lizabeth Walsh, MJE, Reno (Nev.) High School
Brian Wilson, CJE, Waterford (Mich.) Kettering High School

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Michael Simons, CJE, West High School, Painted Post, N.Y.
Eric Thomas, MJE, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, Mo.

2010
Yearbook Adviser of the Year
Sarah J. Nichols, MJE, Whitney High School, Rocklin, Calif. (Details)

Distinguished Advisers
Mary Patrick, CJE, Maize South Middle School, Wichita, Kan. (Eagle)
Mitch Ziegler, CJE, Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif. (The Pilot)
Charla A. Harris, CJE, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, Texas (The Hawk)

Special Recognition
Michele M. Dunaway, MJE, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo. (Howelltonian)
Brenda Field, CJE, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Ill. (Etruscan)
Meghan J. Percival, CJE, McLean (Va.) High School (The Clan)

2009
Adviser of the Year
Lori Oglesbee, CJE, McKinney (Texas) High School

Distinguished Advisers
Carrie Faust, MJE, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colo.
Tim Morley, CJE, Inland Lake High School, Indian River, Mich.
Nancy Y. Smith, MJE, Lafayette High School, Wildwood, Mo.

Special Recognition
Charla Harris, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, Texas
Pat Hinman, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, Va.
Jeff Moffitt, CJE, Olympia High School, Orlando, Fla.
Chad Rummel, CJE, Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.

2008
Adviser of the Year
Linda Drake, Chase County High School (Kansas)

Distinguished Yearbook Adviser
Kim Green, Columbus North High School (Indiana)

Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser
Gary Bender, Westfield High School (Virginia)

2007
Adviser of the Year
Mary Kay Downes, Chantilly High School (Chantilly, Va.)

Distinguished Yearbook Advisers
Kathy Habiger (Mill Valley High School, Shawnee, Kan.)
Margaret Sorrows (Bryant High School, Bryant, Ark.)
C. Dow Tate (Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kan.)

Special Recognition Yearbook Advisers
Nancy Y. Smith (Lafayette High School, Wildwood, Mo.)
Mitch Ziegler (Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif.)

2006
Advisers of the year
Dan Austin, Casa Roble High School (Orangevale, Calif.)
Pete LeBlanc, Center High School (Antelope, Calif.)

Distinguished Yearboon Adviser
Sarah Nichols, Whitney High School (Rocklin, Calif.)

Special Recognition
Kim Hocott, Deer Park (Texas) High School

2005
Adviser of the Year
Martha Akers, VA

Distinguished Adviser
Linda Ballew, MT

Special Recognition
Aaron Manfull, MO
Ruby Dyer, WV

2004
Adviser of the Year
Casey Nichols, CA

Distinguished Advisers
Lori Oglesbee, TX
Margaret Watters, OK

2003 
Adviser of the Year
Kathy Craghead, MO

Distinguished Advisers
Mark Child, CA
Sandra Jacoby, WI
Sandra Strall, MI
Cindy Todd, TX

Special Recognition
Lisa Morris, IN
Margaret Watters, OK

2002
Adviser of the Year
Judi Coolidge, OH

Distinguished Advisers
Kathy Craghead, MO
Pete LeBlanc, CA
Wayna Polk, TX

Special Recognition
Linda Ballew, MT
Jane Blystone, PA
Mark Child, CA
Kathy Habiger, KS
Sandy Jacoby, WI
Micki Remos, AZ
Cindy Todd, TX

2001
Adviser of the Year
Lynn Strause, MI

Distinguished Advisers
Judi Coolidge, OH
Mary Kay Downes, VA
Linda Drake, KS
Brenda Gorsuch, NC

2000
Adviser of the Year
Crystal Kazmierski, CA

Distinguished Advisers
Michael Dunlap, KS
Lynn Strause, MI
Anne Whitt, FL

Special Recognition

Mary Ann Barton, MO
Mary Kay Downes, VA
Marci Pieper, MO
Wayna Polk, TX

1999
Adviser of the Year
Susan Massy, KS

Distinguished Advisers
Martha Akers, VA
Dan Austin, CA
John Gilmour, NV
Becky Lucas, KS

Special Recognition
Linda Drake, KS
Mike Dunlap, KS
Pam Smith, TX
David Zinsmeister, IN

1998
Adviser of the Year
Kathy Daly, CO

Distinguished Advisers
Judy Babb, TX
Ron Cueba, CA
Casey Nichols, CA

Special Recognition
Lana Hampton, AR

1997
Advisers of the Year
Paul Ender, CA
Nancy Hastings, IN

Distinguished Advisers
Michael Frazier, IN
Brady Smekens, IN

Special Recognition Advisers
Jan Hensel, MO
Bill Leece, IL

1996
Adviser of the Year
Jim Jordan, CA

Distinguished Advisers
Kathy Daly, CO
Susan Massy, KS

Special Recognition Advisers
Ann Horner, CO
Carol Neal, FL

1995
Adviser of the Year
H.L. Hall, MO

Distinguished Advisers
Sam Effinger, OK
Paul Ender, CA
Terry Nelson, IN
Paul Schweiger, PA

Special Recognition Advisers
David Cosgrove, AZ
Brenda Gorsuch, NC
Becky Lucas, KS
Kathleen Zwiebel, PA

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