Yearbook Champs

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CCHS yearbook staff takes Virginia High School League championship and earns 14 individual awards

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter



HILLSVILLE — The vision of the Carroll County High School yearbook staff earned the Cavalier Classic a first place in the 2011 Virginia High School League championship, as well as 14 individual awards for students.
The state publications championship shows that the CCHS yearbook staff swept writing, photography and design awards in the AA division.
The long list of award winners, according to results shared by advisor Shannon Dalton, include:
• Lauren Roper and Olivia Nelson  — First Place, Student Life Spread
• Brandon Winesett and Michaela McCormick — First Place, Sports Spread
• Wendy Burcham — First Place, Feature Photo
• Mason Graham — First Place, Sports Photo
• Cavalier Classic Staff — Second Place, Concept Packaging
• Lauren Roper — Second Place, Sports Photo
• Ayla Booth and Aylisa Boyles — Second Place, Clubs/Organizations Spread
• Wendy Burcham — Second Place, Advertising
• Brandon Winesett — Second Place, Feature Photo
• Lauren Roper and Emily Jones — Third Place, People Spread
• Brandon Winesett and Ragan Halsey — Third Place, Clubs/Organizations Spread
• Wendy Burcham and Nicole Farris — Third Place, Advertising
• Brandon Winesett and Wendy Burcham — Honorable Mention, Student Life Spread
• Evan Nester and Brandon Winesett — Honorable Mention, Clubs/Organizations Spread
The yearbook staff’s first-place award from VHSL is the latest in recognition for their work.
The students have also received top honors from the National Scholastic Press Association with a first-class ranking, as well as a gold medal critique from the Columbia Scholastic Press, said Dalton.
The students deserve all the praise, she added. They’ve worked hard to turn in top quality work.
They strove to improve things like photography at sports events, and it shows not only through these awards, but through the high school memories that the yearbook preserves.
Features that caught the eye of the judges include a spread on homecoming activities including last years Powder Puff football game, a piece on Amanda Folley’s volunteering for the Hillsville Fire Department, a shoe drive to benefit people in Nicaragua, JROTC activities and the student sports announcer.
Cavalier staff took first and second place in feature and sports photo, among many other awards.
“This book is work from the students,” the advisor said. “This is their vision, this was their design, these are their photos.”
This is a nice payoff for the students who stayed at school late at night to get their work done, she said.