Jostens Announces 2012 National Yearbook Program of Excellence
Award winning schools recognized for dynamic and engaging yearbooks.
Minneapolis - Jun 26, 2012

Jostens, a leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced the inaugural spring winners of Jostens' National Yearbook Program Award. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs. The award recognizes yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities.

Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in May for yearbooks delivered in the spring and in September for yearbooks delivered in the fall. The Awards are presented to yearbook programs that have achieved defined criteria in each of the three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

A full list of the Jostens' yearbook programs that have met the above criteria for spring-delivery 2012 and are the inaugural National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award winners.

"Jostens believes passionately in the importance of the yearbook tradition connecting every student to the school story and the school year and we are honored to recognize these yearbook programs," said Mike Wolf, director, Yearbook Marketing, Jostens. "We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools strengthen their programs by providing the tools and personal guidance for success. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes schools that embrace the yearbook tradition and have built a yearbook program that serves the entire school community."

Yearbook programs recognized as a National Yearbook Program of Excellence receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.

>Wolf continued, "Students get and keep yearbooks to see themselves and their friends in the book and remember what happened that school year. Schools value yearbook programs as they contribute to a positive school culture and climate. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence was designed to support both purposes."

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year. As virtually all k-12 schools produce printed yearbooks, Jostens' invests in scalable technology to plan, design and market yearbooks including Jostens new school media sharing service and digital yearbook enhancement, ReplayIt™ and ReplayIt Time Capsule™, used by yearbook staffs and the entire school community to create and share a more inclusive yearbook. ReplayIt and ReplayIt Time Capsule were introduced to thousands of schools in August 2011 for the 2011-12 school year.

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a leading producer of school yearbooks, memory books and other student-created content that help school communities tell their stories. The company's products also include 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.