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Wahlert Catholic High School earns national nod for yearbook

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Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque earned national recognition for the third consecutive year.

Jostens, a leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, named Wahlert Catholic's yearbook program as a 2014 Jostens' National Yearbook Program of Excellence. Wahlert Catholic earned the designation in 2013 and 2012, as well.

The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a wide spread of the student body while also helping students build skills such as communication, collaboration and technology literacy.

Wahlert Catholic's yearbook class is comprised of students in grades 10 through 12. The class meets three times a week to design and produce the yearbook.

Sandy Gaul is the high school's yearbook adviser.

"This past year, I had several students who had been on staff for several years, so they realized what it took to put out a quality yearbook," Gaul said. "Even so, year after year, my students respond well to my encouragement to make the yearbook everyone's book. We try very hard to include students multiple times in the book. We also do our best to solicit advertising and sell books because we really believe the yearbook belongs to everyone, not just certain students who are involved in lots of activities or are popular. I'm so very proud of the hard work my students put into the book."

Yearbook programs that win Jostens' excellence designation must create an inclusive yearbook, generate school engagement and successfully manage the yearbook creation project.

Murad Velani is Jostens' chief operating officer.

"We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools, yearbook advisers and students to strengthen their programs by providing state of the art tools, resources and best practices that support the development and creation of award-winning yearbooks," Velani said.

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