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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Nov. 16, 2016

    Missouri Academy yearbook earns national recognition for excellence

    The yearbook produced by Northwest Missouri State University’s Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing has been recognized as a dynamic and engaging yearbook by a leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content.

    Jostens has named the Missouri Academy’s yearbook program a 2016 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. 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 literacy. 

    Elizabeth Stafford, who formerly served as a residential counselor at the Missouri Academy and now is a residence hall director at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, advised the Missouri Academy’s award-winning 2015-2016 yearbook, “The Flame.” Ten students comprised the yearbook staff.

    “This award is the product of how well our team functioned,” Missouri Academy student Som Singh, who serves as the yearbook group’s president, said. “From top to bottom, the team had strong communication between each other, everyone could be held accountable, and we all had fun along the way.”

    Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and fall for yearbooks delivered during the academic year. The award is presented for achieving defined criteria in categories of creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process. 

    The Missouri Academy will receive a plaque and banner to display.

    “Yearbooks connect students’ hearts and minds to the school story, school year experiences, and the community to memorialize moments that matter,” Jostens Chief Operating Officer Murad Velani said. “Jostens is proud to recognize yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks that tell the story of their school communities.”

    Founded in 1897, Minneapolis-based Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. It provides products, programs and services that include publications, jewelry and consumer goods for K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Jostens is a subsidiary of Newell Brands, an American worldwide marketer of consumer and commercial products.

    The Missouri Academy is a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus that replaces the junior and senior years of high school. Academy students enroll in the same courses as traditional University students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468