Bryant Junior High's yearbook, The Blue and White, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the Jostens Look Book 2022, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and inclusivity. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, beautiful designs, relevant coverage of school events, meaningful storytelling, and stunning photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the work of the students who create the yearbook over the course of 6-12 months. Through it, they chronicle the experiences, stories, and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.
The The Blue and White was created by a staff of 14 students lead by Zack Cookus and Vanessa Hawley, coeditors-in-chief and under the direction of Meag Abo, Bryant Junior High's journalism adviser.
"I am incredibly proud of these students for completing a book under the most unusual and challenging circumstances," Abo said, "To have produced one of such stellar quality on top of that is beyond words."
The Bryant Junior High's The Blue and White was one of only 458 yearbooks selected from nearly one thousand yearbooks submitted. The 2022 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 320-page Look Book 2022.
“The Jostens Look Book showcases the hard work and dedication of students who tell the story of the school year through photos and words. It is their collaboration and communication, as well as creative thinking in challenging situations, that results in the fine designs shown in this book,” said Michael Wolf, Vice President of Yearbook Marketing at Jostens. “We are very proud to celebrate the ability of this country’s future leaders and communicators by showcasing their sophisticated designs and photography.”
Abo and her yearbook staff received a copy of the Jostens Look Book 2022 with a plaque and banner from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement. The Jostens Look Book is rated as the #1 resource by Jostens yearbook advisers and staffs seeking creative design and coverage ideas, trends and inspiration.
About The Blue and White
The yearbook is a student-led publication part of a four-publication journalism department. The 2022 edition was only the second volume, but already the journalism program has won over 100 awards both on the state and national levels, including recognition from Jostens, Arkansas Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Arkansas State University, Journalism Education Association and Ball State University.