Receives National Award of Excellence


DRYDEN — Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Dryden High School’s yearbook program has achieved the Jostens 2023 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Gold Level.

The school is the second in the Tri-City Times coverage area to be honored for their work on the school yearbook.

Dryden yearbook staff: Front Row: Raeshell Richardson, Kaitlynn Knuth. Middle Row: Madison Maday, Ava DeVlaminck, Mikayla Fleming. Back Row: Sheryl Czerwinski and Kimberly Fleming.

Almont also received notice that they were being honored for their work, earlier this year.

The National Yearbook Program of Excellence 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.

The Dryden High School award-winning yearbook program is led by students Ava DeVlaminck, Mikayla Fleming, Kaitlynn Knuth, Madison Maday, and Raeshell Richardson under the direction of Teacher Sheryl Czerwinski and Counselor Kimberly Fleming, Dryden High School yearbook advisers.

“We are absolutely blessed to work with creative and hardworking students who care so much about their classmates and their school,” said Czerwinski and Fleming, who are currently leading the Yearbook staff in producing the fifth book under their direction. “It’s important to us and to our staff to ensure every Dryden student is included.”

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school.

The award was presented to the Dryden High School yearbook program for achieving defined criteria in between one and three of the 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 created an exceptional yearbook for their school and community,” said Tammy Whitaker, Jostens VP and COO Yearbook Division.

“These schools did an exceptional job on multiple levels, despite the challenges presented by this school year. Yearbooks are a critical part of capturing and telling a school’s story, and Jostens is dedicated to supporting yearbook staff members as they do their important work.”

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.