Staff leader in yearbook, newspaper programs receives national recognition


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Classic Maddie \\ Senior Maddie Smith is selected as the Yearbook Staffer of the Month for April. “Her hard work and passion for journalism are only a couple of her leadership qualities that led to her being selected for this honor,” Yearbook and Newspaper Adviser Casi Thedford sasd.

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Yearbook editor in chief Maddie Smith is the recipient of the Jostens Yearbook National Student of the Month Award for April, 2019. The Jostens National Yearbook Student of the Month recognition is for a deserving student who has shown exceptional skills in the area of tenacity, the ability to motivate others and/or communicate effectively with peers and people in authority. It is these skills that will help them celebrate the moments that matter now and succeed in life. Because of her outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership, work ethic and compassion, Maddie was selected from all the nominations.

“Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members who show dedication to sharing the moments that matter at their school. The National Yearbook Student of the Month Award goes to students who have gone above and beyond on behalf of their peers and their school,” said Sara Sausker, Jostens senior manager of yearbook customer experience.

Smith was selected based on her exceptional strength in teaching other students.

As Yearbook Adviser Casi Thedford stated in her nomination letter, “Maddie’s greatest strength is her ability to learn a new skill and teach it to the staff. The students are really inspired by Maddie when they see her enthusiasm for scholastic journalism.”

Maddie will receive several items of recognition.

About Jostens Yearbooks

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.

About Jostens

Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company’s products include publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments.  Jostens serves markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

Additional information about Jostens is available on the company’s website,