GLASGOW — Barren County High School's, The Trojan, received three awards during The Yearbook Mark of Excellence Awards held during the Kentucky High School Media Institute's Media Scholars Day at Western Kentucky University last week.
BCHS was one of 19 schools from across the state and Indiana that entered the competition. BCHS won first-place for academic spread, second-place for feature photo and second-place for advertising section.
The awards were for the 2019 edition of The Trojan, which had a staff composed of 25 students.
Micajah Christie is the adviser for The Trojan.
“This was my first time doing the yearbook and being the adviser. I'm really proud that we got three awards,” Christie said.
Several of the schools that entered the competition have journalism programs with students taking part for several years.
“We just have the one yearbook class,” Christie said.
In the class, students learn how to take photographs, sell advertising and how to work with the general public when making sales calls, sending emails and writing letters. They also learn how to design yearbook pages and the importance of time management when working to meet deadlines, he said.
Among those who worked on the 2019 edition of The Trojan was Gavin Withrow, a junior.
Last year was his first year to be part of the yearbook staff.
“It was fun,” he said. “I got to do a lot of cool stuff, go to a lot of sporing events. That part was fun.”
Chloe Sharp, a junior, was also part of The Trojan's staff last year.
“We all do a little bit of everything, but mainly I did the photography aspect of it,” she said.
Sharp took sports photos, as well as pictures of school fundraisers.
Maylin Newberry, a junior, was involved in several different aspects of putting the yearbook together.
“We all did the cheer page. (We) took lots of pictures and sold some adds and stuff,” she said.
Ally Newberry, a junior, did quite a bit of reporting for the yearbook last year.
“I worked on a lot of the stories, like writing out what happened, how things went and then I helped a lot with selling ads and calling businesses,” she said. “I thought it was really neat.”
Judge's comments were made available on WKU's website. For those who received awards for best academic spread, the judge said: “What set the winners apart: clean design, consistency, interesting anecdotes and information about the academics featured, color schemes and clear photos of the students.”
The judge also said he/she was looking for clean layout designs that weren't extremely busy or distracting, with great photos of students and staff involved in academics.
“I was surprised by how many great photos there were, but I specifically loved the spreads that were consistent in their use of fonts and colors. I loved the spreads that included information about the academics featured, such as student opinion and data — great information that is actually showing the differences made in their school,” the judge said on the website.
The judge for the photography portion of the contest said on: “I chose second place due to the lighting of the photograph and how tight the frame is.”
The person who judged advertising sections said “the entries that stood out showed consistency throughout their senior ads.”
The Angeline from Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville was named the top overall yearbook.
The James L. Highland Media Adviser of the Year Award was presented to Tammy Rastoder, a language arts teacher at South Warren High School who advises The Chronicle yearbook, the Spartan Nation news blog and the Drive South literary magazine, said a press release from WKU.