Class A Contest Results 2014

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Academic Design Class A

Place Students School name Link comment on category
1 Allison Klostermann, Hailey Marbach, Maddie Coates West Delaware Link Winners employed a wide variety of composition techniques in photography, included a variety of situations and students and each photo told a different part of the overall story.
2 Turner Russell Atlantic High School Link  
3 Ashley Miller Audubon High School Link  
HM Nick Andreasen Audubon High School Link

Academic Photo Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 James Thoelke Audubon High School Link The winners are storytelling photos capture candid moments of student-centered learning and emotion. Photos feature strong composition, crisp focus, good color balance and contrast and are cropped to the center of interest.
2 Ashley Miller Audubon High School Link  
3 Lexi Kolterman Hudson High School Link  
HM staff Atlantic High School Link

Academics Writing Class A

Place Student School name Link Category comment
1 Isabelle Breitfelder, Kaylar Recker West Delaware Link The winners wrote in quote-transition format, employed journalistic style and incorporated strong storytelling quotes from multiple sources. The angle was unique, highlighting what was unique about this year rather than a season recap or information that could be used any year.
2 Emily Thole, Abby Tjaden West Delaware Link  
3 Morgan Johnson Benton Community High School Link  
HM Cassidy Nulty Benton Community High School Link  
HM Maggie Rechkemmer Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Allison Klostermann, Hailey Marbach, Maddie Coates West Delaware Link

Advertising Design Class A

Place Student School name Link Category comment
1 Riley Cole West Delaware Link Winners had clean, contemporary design with consistent margsins and effective use of space that featured clients in a balanced way that was reader friendly.
2 Alyssa Tisinger West Branch High School Link  
3 Hadley Sheffield Bedford Link  
HM Tucker Sager, Keaton Wise, Bree Kixmiller, Kristin Johnk Atlantic High School Link  
HM Madison Rousselow Hudson High School Link

Chronological Spread Class A

Place Student School name Link Category comment
1 Kyleigh corcoran, Stacie Moorman West Delaware Link Winners cover a wide variety of events and topics – academics, clubs, sports, student life – in a compelling way. Spreads feature storytelling photos with strong composition, and spreads have multiple entry points to attract readers.
2 Jena Downs, Hannah Gaffney West Delaware Link  
3 Maddie Bell Hudson High School Link

Closing Spread Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link Winners had copy and photos that were year specific and related to theme. Copy was an important element here. It wasn’t copy that could be used any year.
2 Staff Atlantic High School Link  
3 Raven Morris Bedford Link

Environmental Portrait Class A

Place Student School name Link Category comment
1 Staff Audubon High School Link Winners were clearly posed, and environment was important to the story. Environmental portraits should be carefully composed to highlight the subject’s character, and environment and props should be used to emphasize that.
2 Nick Andreasen Audubon High School Link  
3 Turner Russell Atlantic High School Link

Feature Photo Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 Colby Brackett Chariton High School Link The winners are storytelling photos capture candid moments of action/reaction and emotion. Photos feature strong composition, crisp focus, good color balance and contrast and are cropped to the center of interest.
2 Staff Audubon High School Link  
3 Haylee Green Hudson High School Link  
HM Lexi Kelly Mount Vernon High School Link

Feature Presentation Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Emily Yager, Karly Monson Atlantic High School Link Winners had photos with variety in composition, engaging stories and caption and truly told one story through multiple perspectives rather than combinging different topics into one spread.
2nd Brooke Boddicker, Natalie Towe Benton Community High School Link  
3rd Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Taylor Shock Hudson High School Link

Feature Writing Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 Kristin Jensen Benton Community High School Link “The winners wrote in quote-transition format, employed journalistic style and incorporated strong storytelling quotes from multiple sources. The angle was unique, highlighting what was unique about this year rather than information that could be used any year.”
2 Laura Deininger Mount Vernon High School Link  
3 Sarah Boettcher Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School Link

Infographic Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 Gabby Kolker Mount Vernon High School Link Winners had strong design that was visually appealing, presented information that was timely and pegged to this year and engaged readers.
2 Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
3 Staff Atlantic High School Link  
HM Madison Rousselow Hudson High School Link  
HM Staff Atlantic High School Link

Opening Spread Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st place Jena Downs West Delaware Link Winners introduced a school- and year-specific theme with copy, photos and design. Copy had details specific to the school year, and photos supported thematic idea.
2nd Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
3rd place Staff Atlantic High School Link  
HM Bree Kixmiller Atlantic High School Link

Organization Performance Writing Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Ashley Masten Benton Community High School Link The winners wrote in quote-transition format, employed journalistic style and incorporated strong storytelling quotes from multiple sources. The angle was unique, highlighting what was unique about this year rather than information that could be used any year.
2nd Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
3rd Mataya Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
HM Gabby Kolker Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Michaela Downs, Stacie Moorman West Delaware Link

Organization Performance Design Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Michaela Downs, Stacie Moorman West Delaware Link Winners had a variety of well composed photos, and each told a different part of the overall story. All had copy and captions with storytelling quotes that helped complete the picture of what happened that year.
2nd Marissa Brandt West Branch High School Link  
3rd Isabelle Breitfelder, Becca Conwau West Delaware Link  
HM miranda Hammes benton Community High School Link  
HM Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Madison Klostermann, Abigail Tjaden West Delaware link

Organization Performance Photo Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Taylor Shock Hudson High School link The winners are storytelling photos capture candid moments of action/reaction and emotion. Photos feature strong composition, crisp focus, good color balance and contrast and are cropped to the center of interest.
2nd Taylor Shock Hudson High School Link  
3rd Gabby Kolker Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Marissa Brandt West Branch High School Link

People Design Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Gabby Kolker Mount Vernon High School Link Winning spreads had expanded coverage that was specific to the year (not information that could be run any year) with eye-catching design that engaged the reader. Design featured something other than additional mugshots (cut-outs, graphics, alternative copy), and some included first-person features that revealed students’ character.
2nd Kristin Jensen Benton Community High School Link  
3rd Gabby Kolker Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM James Thoelke, Sean Card, Nick Andreasen Audubon High School Link  
HM Kristin Jensen Benton Community High School Link  
HM Hannah Finn West Delaware Link

Photo Illustration Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1 Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School link Winners demonstrated technical skill that enhanced the storytelling ability of the original image, heightened emotion, added character to the image and used it in a strategic way (not just as decoration or a substitute for what may have been a poor image).
2 Alexis Pint, Ellie Klenk Hudson High School Link  
3 Kaiya Williams Atlantic High School Link  
HM Miranda Olson Atlantic High School Link  
HM Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
HM Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link

Reader Service Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Staff Audubon High School Winners had information that went beyond basic page numbers. Winning indexes highlighted all topics, groups, teams as well as people covered and was easy to read. One also incorporated team photos with complete captions for identification. A winning opening spread was comprehensive and explained to readers how to look for and use a new feature.
2nd Miranda Hammes – Colophon & Index Benton Community High School Link  
3rd Bree Kixmiller Atlantic High School Link

SportsAction photo Class A

Place Students School name Link Category Comment
1st Alexis Mosley Hudson High School Link Winning photos captured action with eye contact to intensify emotion, strong photographic composition, sharp contrast, good lighting, crisp focus. When applicable, the ball was in the frame. Each emphasized emotion of action/reaction and drew the reader in wanting to know more – the story or result of the action.
2nd Leah McCune west Branch High School Link  
3rd Taylor Shock Joletta Yoder Link  
HM Natalie Towe – Familiar Flight Benton Community High School Link  
HM Michaela Downs West Delaware Link  
HM Allison Klostermann West Delaware Link

Sports Design Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Ashley Miller Audubon High School Link Winners had well written copy or expanded captions, photos were well composed and shot with a wide vareity of techniques and content. Design was solid. All elements captured the story of the season, not just a recap in scores with the same types of photos or photos of athletes performing the same action. Each included a complete scoreboard.
2nd Alyssa Tisinger West Branch High School Link  
3rd Mally Jenkins Bedford Link  
HM Laura Deininger Mount Vernon High School Link  
HM Michaela Downs West Delaware Link  
HM Maddie Coates West Delaware link

Sports Writing Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Caitlyn Conway Benton Community High School Link The winners wrote in quote-transition format, employed journalistic style and incorporated strong storytelling quotes from multiple sources. The angle was unique, highlighting what was unique about this year rather than a season recap or information that could be used any year.
2nd Maggie Rechkemmer Mount Vernon High School Link  
3rd Natalie Towe Benton Community High School Link  
HM Brooke Boddicker Benton Community High School Link

Student Life Design Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link Winners cover a student life topic in a compelling way. Spreads feature storytelling photos with strong composition, engaging copy and captions that explain the contents of the spread and its relevance to this year, rather than content that could be used any year. Spreads have multiple entry points to attract readers and demonstrate an understanding of design principles (dominance, hierarchy, use and placement of white space). Photos have variety, each telling a different part of the story.
2nd Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School Link  
3rd Miranda Hammes Benton Community High School Link  
HM Sarah Mosinski Audubon High School Link  
HM Michaela Downs, Hannah Gaffney West Delaware Link

Typography Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Jena Downs West Delaware Link Winners have type that is easy to read and allows for quick scanning. There is consistency in weight and size among captions, copy and other elements throughout the spread. Type choice is contemporary. Staff is careful of overprints/reverses, ensuring readability. Staff followed general rules of typographic design (i.e. avoid mixing serif fonts; use one serif, one sans serif, one decorative OR stick to one font family throughout and vary weights and treatments).
2nd Carmen Finn Hudson High School Link  
3rd Michaela Downs West Delaware Link  
HM Turner Russell Atlantic High School Link

Cover Class A

Place Students School name Link Category comment
1st Hannah Wieditz Mount Vernon High School Link Winners had a unique concept that was visually appealing, relevant to the year, introduced the theme and had strong graphic design.
2nd Carmen Finn Hudson High School Link  
3rd Sarah Mosinski, Nick Andreasen, Megan Deist, Carley Williamson Audubon High School Link

Theme Class A

Place Students School name Link Category Comment
1st Laura Deininger Mount Vernon High School Link Winners all had themes with a contemporary feel and used both verbal and visual tools to consistently carry the theme through the book for a unified presentation. Dividers had photos and thematic copy that reinforced theme. Honorable mention was notable in its use of hashtags to really date the book to 2014. This is an important element of thematic development all yearbook staffs should strive to do.
2nd Staff Atlantic High School link  
3rd Miranda Hammes, Kristin Jensen Benton Community High School Link  
HM Jena Downs, Michaela Downs West Delaware link
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