EDMOND — It's the kind of acclaim that makes the state proud.
Nine students and two teachers from Edmond Santa Fe High School's yearbook staff will travel to New York next week to be honored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. At stake is a coveted Crown award — top recognition given for overall excellence to a print or online student product.
As an award finalist, Santa Fe and its yearbook, Archives, will win either a Silver or Gold Crown. Either one is a major achievement.
Paige White, a Santa Fe faculty member and longtime adviser for the yearbook, said the honor is rare for Oklahoma high schools.
Members of the yearbook staff put in many hours of work. The final product is 330 to 350 pages of glossy color pages, featuring a look at the various school organizations, teams, classes, students, teachers and administration making Santa Fe memories.
“It's pretty amazing that 14 kids and one adviser put together a 320-page book within six months,” White said.
The student photo editor is Andree Miller. She knows the mission.
“We are preserving memories,” she said. “We plan the yearbook five to six months in advance.”
Yearbook work is good training for Miller, who said she'd like to earn a business degree and open a photography studio.
The Columbia committee reviewed 1,351 newspapers, magazines and yearbooks as well as 182 digital products before deciding last month on the award winners.
The editor-in-chief at Santa Fe is Adrianna Doyal, a senior who has been part of the effort her entire prep career.
“We've worked real hard,” she said. “This year we would have liked to have had more than 14 staff members, but we're excited about this.”