Manila Yearbook Staff Inducted into Gallery of Excellence
For the 2009-10 Manila Lion's Echo Yearbook Staff this year has been filled with excitement from the time the new staff members joined until they saw the yearbook in print for the first time. Earlier in the year they were nominated for the Walsworth Publishing Company's Gallery of Excellence.
Yearbooks are chosen for this honor based on their comprehensive coverage, innovative design and superior copy and photographs. Only a small percentage of the books that Walsworth publishes are chosen for this award. High schools all over the United States review these yearbooks at regional, state and national conventions and workshops. Also, illustrations from the yearbooks are used in Walsworth's educational materials to help other yearbook staffs to generate ideas.
During the Manila Senior High Awards Ceremony May 6, Johnny Cole, Walsworth sales representative, presented Tonia Eubanks and the staff members the award of their dreams. He congratulated them on their outstanding achievement and commended Mrs. Eubanks for her hard work and dedication to the excellence of the yearbook.
The yearbook staff knew they had received the nomination but were surprised to learn of the induction into the Gallery of Excellence. Staff member Danielle Hicks said, "I had never thought that our staff could accomplish something so big, especially coming from a small school like ours."
Mrs. Eubanks become the yearbook adviser at Manila in 2000 and has seen major changes in the creation of the yearbook during the past 10 years.
She said she is very pleased with the outstanding work her staff has done in creating an excellent publication. Technology has allowed the students to experience how to create a publication using the latest equipment, software and techniques available. The creation of the yearbook is an excellent hands-on working opportunity for the students to prepare for the age of digital communications, she said.