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LHS Yearbook Named Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence


Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Lonoke High School’s yearbook program has achieved the Jostens 2022 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Bronze Level. 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 Lonoke High School award-winning yearbook program is led by yearbook editor Cooper Dorsey under the direction of Jenna Brush, Lonoke High School's yearbook adviser.

To the school district, parents, students, families, community members, and businesses/organizations, I want to express how grateful I am that you all have entrusted our staff with your memories. It's not an easy task, capturing every moment and putting it all together in a publication for the whole town to remember forever. But, we have worked hard and intentionally to create something with so much meaning to us and, hopefully, to all of you.

I want to say thank you to all of the girls on our staff. You all have done a great job this year, and it couldn't have been done without you. I also want to thank Ms. Brush, our incredible advisor. You make this all work. You are the glue that holds so many things together, and you do it gracefully and with love. There's no one like you, and I'll always be thankful for your influence in my life and on this school.

This being my senior year and my last book to work on, I wanted to create a theme for the book that was special and unique to Lonoke. So, since this is the 70th edition, we took inspiration from the 1970 Jackrabbit book and incorporated elements from the past. We also themed it around a classic music record and even made the headings song titles. Memories from the past and music are two things that bring people together more than anything else, and that's what I felt like our school needed this year: a reminder that through the years, through everything that changes, one thing remains... we have each other.

- Cooper Dorsey

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school. The award was presented to the Lonoke High School yearbook program for achieving defined criteria in between one and three of the 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 created an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Tammy Whitaker, Jostens VP, and COO Yearbook Division. “These schools did an exceptional job on multiple levels, despite the challenges presented by this school year. Yearbooks are a critical part of capturing and telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members as they do their important work.”

jostenslogo 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, design, leadership, and business while creating a 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.