Jostens Renaissance announces "Hall of Fame"
Minneapolis - Jul 22, 2009

Jostens has announced the 2009 Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame recipients and Coordinators of the Year. The awardees were honored at the annual Jostens Renaissance National Conference on July 17 - 19 in Orlando, Florida.

The Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame award is presented to educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership and results in improving academic achievement among all students at their respective school through the Renaissance program. This years Hall of Fame Awardees are Bernard Saiz and David Sanders. Saiz is Superintendent at Los Lunas Schools in Los Lunas, NM. Sanders is a teacher at Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, SC.

Jostens' Coordinator of the Year award honors school administrators and faculty members who have demonstrated superior performance and achievement in the operation of their school's Jostens Renaissance program. This year Jostens has selected five winners for this highly honorable award: Renaissance Coordinators of the Year Debra Summers and Melissa Soule from Timberland High School in St. Stephen, SC; Renaissance Coordinator Kim Loring from Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ; Principal Russ O'Rear from Haleyville Elementary in Haleyville, AL; and Principal Ron Ward from Tri-West Middle School in Lizton, IN.

"It is a privilege to recognize the educators selected as Jostens' Hall of Fame members and Coordinators of the Year," said Charley Nelson, director, Educator Services, Jostens. "The awardees have made a measurable difference in their schools and communities. Their ideas and methods will be shared with schools across North America to recognize their creativity and commitment."

Over 4500 schools across the US and Canada use Jostens Renaissance as a method to inspire students to achieve higher grade point averages, increase attendance and help improve the overall school atmosphere and culture. The program demonstrates how well-designed recognition of all students, faculty and staff can lead to improved academic performance, help increase graduation rates and build school spirit through strategies, practices and connections to successful schools that are part of the Jostens Renaissance network. More information about Jostens Renaissance is available at

Hall of Fame Recipients

  • Saiz, Bernard
  • Sanders, David

Coordinators of the Year

  • Kim Loring
  • Russ O'Rear
  • Debra Summers
  • Melissa Soule
  • Ron Ward

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliation. The Company's products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational publishing and trade segments.