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HHS yearbook wins multiple recognitions

Yearbook staff pictured in the front row are Jodi Shelhamer, Mackinzie Schaffer-Smiley, Rose Schmitz, Karissa Rother, Allison Geurts and Tom Weber. In the middle row are Nena Krick, Kalli McIntosh and Delaney Fenton. In the back are Claire Williams, Brooke Beissel, Alice Christner, Madison Duffy, Jamie LaBreck, Ana Frantzick and Katie Norwig. (Submitted photo)

The Hastings High School yearbook has won multiple awards this year, including recognition in the 2016 Jostens Look Book and receiving a National Program of Excellence award.

The Jostens Look Book chooses the best yearbooks in the nation based on design and page layout and features them all in one book where visitors can see a selection of well thought-out yearbooks. HHS was chosen for their 2015 yearbook.

In addition to the Jostens Look Book, the high school has won a National Program of Excellence award that is based on high sales, wide coverage of the student body and high standards in the yearbook curriculum. The high school offers the class as an elective for juniors and seniors and was one of just five schools in Minnesota and 100 in the nation to earn the recognition

Jodi Shelhamer, who is the lead yearbook adviser, allows the students to take full control of yearbook decisions as she and her assistant adviser, Tom Weber, facilitate the learning.

“I think it’s a great accomplishment for the students. They have worked really, really hard this year and most activities have kind of a start and an end point and yearbook doesn’t really, I mean we’re already planning next year’s book and we haven’t even passed out this year’s book,” Shelhamer said.

Student editors Kalli McIntosh and Nena Krick said they have spent a lot of time planning and it feels great to be recognized. The biggest obstacle, they said, is finding a theme that caters to everyone.

“Finding something that makes sense, like an idea that the whole school will understand, not just us,” Krick said.

Despite obstacles along the way, the girls said it was a great opportunity to partake in such an all-inclusive activity.

“I know so many more kids that I would never have talked to if I wasn’t (in yearbook), and I feel like all the teachers kind of know you’re a part of it, it’s just I go to a lot of events that I never would have if I wasn’t in it either.” McIntosh said.