Jostens today announced the winners of the 2010 Jostens Renaissance® Student Awards. The nationally acclaimed, annual award recognizes students who strive for academic excellence during their high school career. Jostens Renaissance empowers students and schools to reenergize the educational atmosphere, and to create and seize new opportunities for success through creativity and innovation. This award encourages students to improve academic performance and helps raise the profile of academics school-wide.
A record number of entries were submitted from Jostens Renaissance high schools around the country from which only one award winner and four runner-ups were selected. Students must have had an increase in their cumulative GPA from the end of freshman first semester to the end of first semester senior year and submitted a 500-1000 word essay describing how the Jostens Renaissance program has impacted the student’s life to qualify for the award.
This year’s Jostens Renaissance Student Award Winner and runner-ups are:
- Award Winner: Krista Sullivan, Keene High School, Keene, NH
- Runner-up: Airamme Beebe, Escalante High School, Escalante, NM
- Runner-up: Thomas Gregory, Lincoln High School, Gahanna, OH
- Runner-up: Kyle Jones, Delsea Regional High School, Franklinville, NJ
- Runner-up: Diane Mays, Oakdale High School, Oakdale, CA
“The Jostens Renaissance Student Award is a great way to celebrate academic success in high schools and increase the cool factor and relevance of doing well in school,” said Charley Nelson, Jostens’ Director of Educator Services. “Jostens Renaissance empowers students and schools to raise the importance of academic achievement which ultimately increases student involvement and school pride. We are honored to award this year’s winners and look forward to following their continued success.”
Jostens Renaissance Award Winner Krista Sullivan will receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable for three additional years bringing the total scholarship value to $10,000, and an Apple MacBook. Each runner-up has the option of choosing an Apple MacBook or a one-time, non-renewable $1,000 award.
The Jostens Renaissance program was founded by Jostens and educators in 1988, and its purpose is to inspire the acceptance and excitement for academics that is traditionally reserved for athletics. Through Jostens Renaissance, Jostens aims to increase student performance and teacher enthusiasm and to raise the level of community participation in schools.
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people tell their stories, celebrate important traditions and recognize achievements. 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 and trade publishing segments.
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