Riverdale Academy Yearbook Wins National Excellence Award

By Molly Seals

A recent news release stated that Riverdale Academy’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 Riverdale Academy award-winning yearbook program is led by editor Molly Seales under the direction of yearbook advisor Joni Riggs. This award was presented to Riverdale 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 the 2022 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.”

Yearbook advisor Joni Riggs stated, “This year was a huge learning experience for both Molly and me. Having a finished product is really reward enough but being recognized for an accomplishment that usually goes unnoticed made it extra special. We appreciate all the help we receive from our school and community. We could not do this without their support.” Editor Molly Seales said, “I am very honored for Riverdale to receive this award. We put a lot of hard work into making this book great, and it paid off. I’d like to give a big thanks to Mrs. Joni for keeping us on task and always making sure we met our deadlines. I’m glad I had this one last opportunity to work with her and the great staff we have this year.”

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