Jostens Renaissance® Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee and Coordinators of the Year
2011 honorees celebrated at Jostens Renaissance National Conference
Minneapolis - Aug 9, 2011

Jostens has announced the 2011 Jostens Renaissance® Hall of Fame inductee and Coordinators of the Year. The awardees were honored at the annual Jostens Renaissance National Conference on July 15 - 17 in Anaheim, California.

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 as well as on a state and national level through their Jostens Renaissance program. This year's Hall of Fame Inductee was Beverly Buffington. Ms. Buffington is the school secretary at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia.

Jostens Renaissance's 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 selected four winners for this highly honorable award: Jostens Renaissance Coordinator Tina Dietrich from Fountain Woods Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey; Jostens Renaissance Coordinator Gordon Farnsworth from Port Huron Northern High School in Port Huron, Michigan; Jostens Renaissance Coordinator Melissa Mannion from Pass Christian High School in Pass Christian, Mississippi; and Jostens Renaissance Coordinator Jennifer Sasai from Walker Junior High School in La Palma, California.

"Jostens is honored to acknowledge these educators who have been inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame and selected Coordinators of the Year," said Charley Nelson, director, Educator Services, Jostens. "They, along with educators across the world, play a vital role in the development of our students as leaders. The enthusiasm and dedication of these awardees have made recognition and academics matter in their school and communities."

Over 4,500 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

2011 Jostens Renaissance® Hall of Fame Inductee:
Beverly Buffington, North Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia

2011 Jostens Renaissance® Coordinators of the Year:
Tina Dietrich, Fountain Woods Elementary School, Burlington, New Jersey
Gordon Farnsworth, Port Huron Northern High School, Port Huron, Michigan
Melissa Mannion, Pass Christian High School, Pass Christian, Mississippi
Jennifer Sasai, Walker Junior High School, La Palma, California

About Jostens

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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