ASHEBORO — The Uwharrie Charter Academy middle grades’ yearbook program has been named a 2018 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence.


The program 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.


UCA’s yearbook program is led by Madelyn Fesmire, Karsyn Brower, Madison Ritter, Emma Henry and Alyssa Lucas under the direction of Suzanne Bryant, UCA Middle yearbook adviser.


“I am so proud of my yearbook students and the hard work and dedication they put towards creating this yearbook. We are very honored to be recognized,” Bryant said.


Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The award was presented to UCA for achieving the defined criteria in each of three 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 acted as wonderful stewards by creating an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Chuck Mooty, Jostens president and CEO. “Yearbooks are a critical part of telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members with state-of-the-art tools and resources that help celebrate moments that matter.”


The UCA Middle yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin and a banner to display in school.


Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year. Jostens invests in state-of-the-art technology, best-in-class service, educational curriculum and award-winning print manufacturing platforms to plan, design, build and produce yearbooks.