Brookfield Central High School's Legend yearbook is extending its streak of earning honors.
At the fall Journalism Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the yearbook was honored with the All-KEMPA (Kettle Moraine Press Association) rating while racking up 906 points and placing among the top 10 yearbooks in Wisconsin and Illinois.
All-KEMPA awards go to an elite group of books scoring higher than those awarded for first place, with up to 899 points. It is the second year in a row that the yearbook has earned the honor.
Longtime adviser Tom Juran said the accomplishment is that much more significant because the yearbook staff works outside the classroom environment. He said the Legend was the only book in the top 10 produced by a club and not as part of a class.
"Most of the schools receiving any of these awards offer yearbook and newspaper as actual courses in the curriculum," Juran said. "Legend is an extracurricular activity and done entirely by a volunteer, dedicated student staff."
In addition, the Legend was honored by publisher Walsworth with its Gallery of Excellence award. The publisher said the award goes to a small percentage of the thousands of yearbooks produced across the nation. Winners are showcased in a nationally distributed educational sourcebook.
"Gallery books demonstrate true mastery of a yearbook's purpose - to provide thorough coverage of the school year with interesting stories that highlight all types of students, using well-written copy, stunning photography and trendy design," Walsworth Publishing President Don Walsworth said.
Juran said the student-run and produced yearbook follows a winning formula of producing about 50 pages per month through the course of the school year.
"We just have very dedicated students who mentor their successors, who then try to match or do better each year," Juran said.
"We have fun with it too. It's a social bonding experience and from what I've seen it gets better and better"
-- Jamie Nelson, Legend photo editor for the second straight year
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