Pinkerton Academy’s 2016 edition of its yearbook, “The Critic,” has received recognition by three national organizations.
The yearbook, co-advised by teachers Tim Cain and Julia Mitchell, is a fully-credited course under the English Department. With several staff members graduating this past spring, the yearbook group said goodbye to a number of seasoned workers – but with new freshmen coming in on the first page, they’re looking forward to more accolades, and even better ways to remember the four years of high school.
Cain said one of the awards was the Columbia School Press Association, from which the Critic received a gold medal. “We earned 879 points out of 1,000,” he said. The school hasn’t submitted to Columbia in several years, and the last time they did, they won a bronze, according to Cain.
The book won a first-place standing with the National Scholastic Press Association, with three “merit of distinction” focuses: Photography, Design and “Essentials to Yearbook,” including cover, end sheets, and how it depicts the personality of the school
It also earned a first- place Ranking of Distinction from the American Scholastic Press Association, he said.
Cain credited a seasoned staff with the wins. “Last year we had four or five seniors who had been with the program since they were freshmen,” he said. “That’s a lot of experience.”
Among other things, judges cited the fact that every photo had a caption. They also liked the “Y(Our) Story” theme, and the individual stories of the students who make up the school.
This year’s theme will be “By the Numbers,” Cain said, and it will have an introductory page for each of the sending towns.
This year’s class is younger and there’s a learning curve, Cain said, but they’re already showing promise.
He and Mitchell have 23 students in class this year. Sarah Beals of Auburn is editor-in-chief and Addie Cagle of Derry is managing editor. Both are juniors
Cagle said she got involved because she likes design. She stayed because, “This class is multi-faceted, with a lot of real-world skills.”
Beals was on the yearbook staff in middle school, and an older sister took the Yearbook class at Pinkerton. “I thought I’d try it out for a year, and see if I liked it,” she said. She did and stayed.
It’s a different creative outlet, Beals said, bringing in journalism and graphic design skills.
“It’s cool, at the end of the year, to see what you made,” she said.
And to have their work judged and appreciated by adults across the country is, Cagle said, “Mind-blowing.”