The Southwest Yearbook Sets an Example For All


McKenna DeRiese

Senior Haley Ulrich was junior editor of the 2017-18 issue of “The Talon.” The yearbook is recognized in a national book named “Possibilities.”

McKenna DeRiese

The 2017-18 issue of the LSW yearbook, “The Talon,” was chosen to be recognized in a national book named “Possibilities.”

Walsworth Yearbooks, the company who publishes “Possibilities,” describes the book as a roadmap, allowing schools who achieve greatness recognition by being examples of some of the best work done the past year.

This volume of Possibilities features 868 examples from 248 yearbooks. Those examples represent a small percentage of Walsworth customer base, making an appearance in the book an exclusive accomplishment. Work appearing in this book is displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops throughout the year, and countless yearbook staffs across the country refer to Possibilities book as a premier source for inspiration.

“Being in this book is an incredible accomplishment,” Ms. Brandi Benson said. “Many times in journalism we get to be behind the scenes and students don’t really get to be recognized a lot because their main job is to be a journalist so, they fly under the radar. Being in this book is not only an accomplishment for the journalism program but for all of the students involved.”

Many of the students involved are excited to see their work being presented to so many schools.

“Journalism is underrated and underappreciated subject,” senior Haley Ulrich said. “My work never gets recognized so, this book being published showing all of my hard work means so much to me.”

What makes the Southwest yearbook unique, is the finished book is over 250 pages long and is made with an extremely small staff.

“Making our book was a definitely difficult,” senior Mia Kingelhoefer said. “Our biggest thing is that we have a very small staff of 8-15 and we make a very large book that is just as good as the other books while they have multiple classes of 30 or more.”

If students still want to purchase a 2018-19 yearbook, which will be distributed in May, it is on sale on the Southwest website.