Western Reserve Academy's yearbook, Hardscrabble, has been recognized for excellence and is featured in the 2014 Look Book, which celebrates the best in yearbook design and coverage.
WRA is one of just 426 yearbooks selected by Jostens from the approximately 16,000 yearbooks the publisher prints each year for high schools nationwide. According to a press release announcing the award, the Look Book honors the important role well-done yearbooks play in helping a school chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements during the academic year.
The 2012-13 edition of Hardscrabble was created by editors Tatiana Pavloff (Akron), Audrey Brown (Twinsburg), Kathryn Babbin (Hudson) and Selena Walsh (Tallmadge), while Jack McKinzie came up with the yearbook's theme, which looked to highlight the aspects of WRA that students value and would miss if the world came to an end on Dec. 31, 2013 - as allegedly predicted by the Mayan calendar.
"Having your yearbook represented in the Look Book is a pretty significant achievement and it is really gratifying to have our work on last year's Hardscrabble recognized by Jostens," said Natalie Davies, WRA yearbook advisor. "We had a theme we were really excited about - a sort of secret apocalyptic theme - which made the book particularly fun to work on. The students involved with the yearbook are typically also involved in several other elements of campus life and the time commitment for the yearbook is significant, so the staff sacrificed a lot in the way of time and energy. They deserve this exciting honor!"
Yearbooks are selected for inclusion in the Look Book by a panel of judges comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisors.