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Melbourne Journalism Program Recognized
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Monday, October 01, 2018
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Melbourne School District Named Jostens 2018 National Yearbook

Program of Excellence


Melbourne Journalism Program recognized for dynamic and engaging yearbook.


 Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Melbourne’s yearbook program has been named a 2018 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy. 


The Melbourne Schools award winning yearbook program for 2018 was led by editors ShayAnn Welch, Keeley Jo Massey, Kolten Smith, and Joni Fleming. Photography was under the direction of Autumn Kyral and Elijah Conley. The custom artwork on the 2018 cover was created by Caitlin Ramsey.  This book was supervised by Amanda Patrick, Melbourne Schools yearbook adviser.


“I’m in awe of what our staff has accomplished. I’m not just proud of them for winning an award, but of their dedication and perseverance. These students have effectively run a successful business inside the school setting while also being dedicated students, athletes, and employees,” said Patrick. Staff member Nikki Jo McSpadden added “I am honored to have been a part of the yearbook staff. I learned how much work truly goes in to making a book and I am excited to know that our hard work has achieved this award.”


Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the Melbourne Schools yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process. 


“Jostens is proud to recognize those individuals who have acted as wonderful stewards by creating an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Chuck Mooty, Jostens president and CEO. “Yearbooks are a critical part of telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members with state-of-the-art tools and resources that help celebrate moments that matter.”


The Melbourne yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.


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 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year.  Jostens invests in state of the art technology, best in class service, educational curriculum and award winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks. 


The mission of the Melbourne Schools yearbook staff is to serve the best interests of our school and community and to produce a publication that accurately represents the Bearkatz experience and records a unique year in the school’s history. Staff members are expected to develop teamwork, practice effective time-management, employ good decision-making, and always strive to fulfill the qualities of ethical journalists. For more information about the Melbourne yearbook program or to get your copy of the award-winning 2018 yearbook, contact adviser Amanda Patrick at or 870-368-4345. 

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 Joshua Linville, 952-830-4732                                                                                                                            




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