Aug 29, 2013 08:59 National yearbook program group cites St. Thomas Aquinas National yearbook program group cites St. Thomas Aquinas Advocate staff report Aug. 29, 2013 Comments Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- The current senior members of the 2012-13 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Veritas yearbook staff show their National Program of Excellence banner. First row from left are Savannah Laborde; Bailey Barringer, classes editor; Dani Schillace; and Rebecca Ishee. Back row are Madison Chauvin, student life editor; Katie Gambel; Amanda Jordan; and Payten Powell, athletics editor. 2013 graduates Katie Williams and Brooke Barringer served as editor-in-chief and senior editor respectively. The yearbook adviser is Michelle Chauvin.The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School yearbook program has been named a 2013 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation honors school yearbook programs. The program honors yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities. The STA award winning yearbook program is under the direction of Michelle Chauvin, STA communications director and yearbook adviser. “This is so exciting,” Chauvin said. “We set goals at the beginning of the year, and we met every single one of them. Our book was completed and delivered on time. Nearly 90 percent of our students appeared in the book at least three times. And our final goal was winning this award!” This is the first time STA has been named to the Program. STA is the only school in the region that has ever won the award, and one of only 500 in the country. Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year — in May for yearbooks delivered in the spring and in September for yearbooks delivered in the fall. The Award was presented to the STA yearbook program 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 believes passionately in the importance of the yearbook tradition connecting every student to the school story and the school year and we are honored to recognize these yearbook programs,” said Mike Wolf, director, Yearbook Marketing, Jostens. “We understand that a great yearbook program does not just happen, and we are dedicated to helping schools strengthen their programs by providing the tools and personal guidance for success. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes schools that embrace the yearbook tradition and have built a yearbook program that serves the entire school community.” The St. Thomas Aquinas yearbook program will receive a plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.