DAVIDSON, N.C. – Woodlawn School’s yearbook, The Mighty Oak, again has been nationally recognized for excellence. The latest edition is featured in the 2016 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.
The 2015 Mighty Oak was created by Celeste Campbell ’15 (editor-in-chief), Clare MacDonald ’15 (design editor), Ally Ault ‘16, Natalie Buechler ‘16, Jocelyn Grzeszczak ‘16, Mills Kratt ‘16, Kate Cummings ‘17, Kelsie Milburn ’17 and Erica Rose ’17, under the direction of David Barringer and Karen Bowman, yearbook advisors.
"This year’s winning cover design was inspired by our design editor, Clare MacDonald. Aiming for a simple design with a meaningful message, the theme In Medias Res shows what happens in the middle of everyday life at Woodlawn,” says yearbook advisor Karen Bowman. “Both Clare and Celeste worked diligently to create a unique book that captured the unusual moments that are sometimes missed or forgotten in everyday life at Woodlawn. It was an angle we’ve never taken before, and it made for a very compelling story throughout the book."
The Mighty Oak is an entirely student-run yearbook publication that is published once a year, at the end of the school year. Each year an editor is selected in addition to artists, staff writers, photographers, business managers, and Photoshop experts. Students use state-of-the-art desktop publishing tools and are exposed to a variety of real-world applications. The Mighty Oak has been recognized several times for its creative design by Jostens Look Book Design Competition: in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015.
The Mighty Oak was one of only 494 yearbooks selected from approximately 3,000. The 2016 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 320-page 2016 Look Book.
“Yearbooks are unique, limited edition books created by students to capture the stories and events for all of the school’s students and Jostens is proud to celebrate the yearbook tradition and the 494 yearbooks selected for the 2016 Jostens Look Book, said Gary Lundgren, editor. “Today’s yearbooks are very sophisticated in terms of visual presentation and the relevant and inclusive content that is featured.”
PHOTO: The 2015 Mighty Oak was created by Celeste Campbell ’15 (editor-in-chief) of Davidson, and Clare MacDonald ’15 (design editor) of Huntersville.
Woodlawn is an independent school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson, North Carolina. Enrolling students in grades K through 12, Woodlawn is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and offers a challenging, project-based academic experience.