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Living Word Lutheran Named Jostens 2020 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

The Living Word Lutheran Yearbook program recognized for a dynamic and engaging yearbook.

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Living Word Lutheran High School’s yearbook program has been named a Jostens 2020 National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

Living Word Lutheran students Ellery Grover, Gwyn Barden, Erin Roeske, Elise Batiansila, Moriah Bagin, Joey Willman, Aly Rautmann, Simon Chen, Emma Upton, David Kruse, Nick Johnson, Ivory Balsewicz, and Ellie Juergensen led the award winning yearbook program under the direction of Heather Oechsner, Living Word yearbook advisor.

The 2019-2020 Yearbook crew.

“The students did such a fine job of bringing the book together. They were always coming up with creative ideas outside the box,” said Heather Oechsner, yearbook advisor. They put in a lot of hard work throughout the school year and some students even had to work through the summer to finish pages because a lot of improvising went into representing the spring of 2020. We are honored to have captured our school's personality in such an important keepsake and for being recognized by Jostens doing what we love!”

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school. The award was presented to the Living Word Lutheran yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

“Especially this spring, Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have acted as wonderful stewards by creating an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Tammy Whitaker, Jostens VP and COO Yearbook Division. “These schools did an exceptional job on multiple levels, despite the challenges presented by Spring 2020. Yearbooks are a critical part of capturing and telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members as they do their important work.”

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year. Jostens invests in state-of-the-art technology, best in class service, educational curriculum and award winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks.

For our current students and families, the yearbook is a great way to store all the wonderful memories and moments from the year. You may find yourself reminiscing over old memories many years from now thanks to your yearbook, so be sure to purchase your 2020-2021 Yearbook today!


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