Recognizing dedication, hard-work and yearbook love is what we love to do. Each month, we will select an adviser and student who show exemplary skills in the classroom. Know an adviser or yearbook staffer who deserves special recognition? Nominate them for the Jostens National Student or Adviser of the Month Award! ‬To nominate, email lindasue.amundson@jostens.com.

Megan Thomas

Kelso High School [WA]
Rep: Rachel Nelson

Megan Thomas’ nominator mentioned that the care she shows for her students and the energy she puts into the school results in a student body that truly appreciates her.

Ms. Thomas’ keys for organization and motivation:

  • I love calendars and to-do lists. We reference calendars from the previous year to build the current year’s plan. We also take notes on new ideas and lessons learned along the way for the next year’s calendar.
  • We use a giant wall calendar to capture our yearbook information. The calendar includes a list of tasks, ownership of each task, school events and who will be covering them, yearbook milestones and deadlines, and other important information.
  • The students enjoy when I provide treats to celebrate hitting deadlines.
  • For me, the biggest key in motivating students is taking the time to get to know and appreciation them. Good relationships build a strong foundation for hard work. I start each year with opportunities for students to get to know each other, which creates a strong team.
  • Jostens summer camps are by far the most valuable tool for learning how to produce a great yearbook. Jostens summer camps are also a great opportunity for the yearbook staff to bond as a team.
  • Be sure to utilize your Jostens sales rep. They provide valuable tools, lessons, guidance, and lots of positive energy for your yearbook project.

Caroline Ingraffia

Kirby White, Adviser
Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School [LA]
Rep: Anne Peytavin

A note from Caroline: I joined the yearbook staff because I wanted to be a part of a group that captures the greatest memories of high school. What I love about yearbook is being able to actually create the yearbook itself – piece by piece, picture by picture, caption by caption. Meeting those deadlines is a feeling of accomplishment. From the creative captions to the smallest details, this is what turns a good yearbook into an exceptional yearbook. Working on the yearbook has brought out my creative side and has taught me that every detail matters. While getting to work alongside other staff members, it’s good to know hard work pays off! Some skills that I have further developed from being on yearbook staff include creative thinking and attention to detail. I am thankful to be a part of the yearbook staff at Saint Thomas Aquinas.

A note from Caroline’s adviser: Caroline’s face lights up every time she enters the yearbook room. As one of the veteran yearbook students, Caroline has shown exceptional leadership skills. She always checks in with the other students to see if they need any help with the program and emphasizes the importance of tagging photos. Caroline played a huge role in creating the 2019 yearbook theme “STAND TALL BE THE LIGHT”. Caroline has definitely been a “LIGHT” in my classroom because of her extreme passion for working on the yearbook.