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Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe.
Bryn S. Roberts
Head of School
Congratulations to the Ibid yearbook staff who won their first national ranking this week: a First Class award from the National Scholastic Press Association.
Awards are given in conjunction with critique, with rankings ranging from Third Class to All-American. In the summary comments, the Ibid staff received accolades for the sidebars of quotes: "The quotes in the sidebars are the strength of the spreads;" feature content: "Interesting off-campus story packages in Student Life that highlight students' lives and opportunities off campus;" and the Student Group Q&As: "Excellent Q/A in clubs section that connect with a key photo and the team photo. This was a good way to still personalize the club for the reader, and include more student quotes, particularly since not every club can sustain a full layout."
The judge also celebrated the staff for setting high goals and meeting them. "What a tremendous year of changes your adviser, staff, and publications program overall endured," they said. "Congratulations for meeting these challenges and making them opportunities. Your commitment to growth and innovation is obvious, as is your attachment to maintaining a respect for established traditions in your school."
Kathryn Campbell, Director of Student Publications and yearbook advisor, echoed these sentiments: "To receive a national First Class ranking in our first year together is so exciting," she said. "I'm very proud of the 2017 Ibid staff for developing thoughtful policies, challenging themselves to dream big, and making planning decisions that allowed them to create the book they imagined. The evidence that it paid off was clear from their pride in the book as they distributed it to their classmates last spring."
Please join us in congratulating our Ibid journalists!