For the fourth year in a row, Notre Dame Academy’s yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence by Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content. Notre Dame Academy (NDA) has received the National Yearbook Program of Excellence six of the past eight years. The 2018-19 Notre Dame Academy award winning yearbook program was led by Hannah Joly ’19 (43611), Katelyn Glenn ’19 (43611), Ellie Sugg ’19 (43515) , and Mazey Smaciarz ’20 (43623) under the direction of Julie Sells, NDA’s Journalism Department Chair. Yearbook is an elective class at NDA. “I am so excited for this award because the girls on yearbook bring so much creativity and dedication to our publication. We really want to make it a special remembrance of the year for the NDA girls. I especially appreciate all the support provided throughout the year by the NDA administrators and Jostens as our publishers,” said Mrs. Sells.
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. Among the requirements for the award are covering 70 percent of the students at least three times in the yearbook and creating an engaging theme. The theme for NDA’s winning 2018-20 yearbook was NDAflix, a verbal play off Netflix. Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the Notre Dame Academy 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. The Notre Dame Academy yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.