The South Carolina Scholastic Press Association (SCSPA) has honored Heathwood with its 2017 Most Improved Yearbook Award, selecting it from more than 60 publications statewide that were submitted for evaluation by a team of journalists and publication advisors. The 2017 Highlander yearbook was also recognized as one of five Class 1 school yearbooks deserving of honor for general excellence, and received Superior ratings for student life coverage and photography.
The Most Improved award is particularly notable given that the 2016 Highlander had also been lauded as one of the best in the state. It virtually swept the SCISA awards, winning three of five categories and earning honorable mention in a fourth. But 2017 editors Isabella Antonetti and Marie Charlotte Demetriades still saw room for improvement and spearheaded creation of a book that was distinguished by a striking cover, in-depth copy, and extensive coverage of campus life and events.
The award means a lot, says yearbook faculty advisor Cindy Scannella, not just because of the volume of competition but because of the rigorous standards set by SCSPA: “Any time you rise to the top among 60+ talented groups of students who have all worked hard to produce their best work, you have to feel good. And any time your work is honored as exemplary by industry experts, you feel even better.”
Demetriades, who is this year’s editor in chief, has set the bar high for the 2018 Highlander staff as well, and she, co-editor Amelia Robinson-Brown, and their staff are already hard at work on this year’s book, which is on sale now. Reserve yours at www.jostens.com or by bringing a check for $75, made out to HHES, to the main office or to Mrs. Scannella in the Upper School office. (Be sure to write the student’s name on the memo line.)