Best of the year(book)

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Electives, Student Accomplishments, Yearbook

By Mario Duran
Cougar News Blog

If there was yearbook for other yearbooks, Cactus Canyon’s yearbook would be voted Most Likely to be a Successful Yearbook.
While there may not be a yearbook about yearbooks, Lifetouch, the company that publishes and prints yearbooks for schools across the country, holds a National Yearbook Showcase every year, and Cactus Canyon received an Honorable Mention, putting it among the very best of books in the junior high category.
“It’s validation for all [the students’] hard work and proof that people take notice when you put out a really good product,” said yearbook adviser Jason Davis.
Out of the hundreds of books published by Lifetouch, the Cougars were one of the yearbooks awarded with the Honorable Mention title. The first, second, and third place winners were awarded cash prizes, and approximately 10 yearbooks were chosen as Honorable Mentions. In the last 10 years, only two other books from Arizona have been honored in the showcase. Davis said he thought the book deserved the honor, but didn’t think it was going to happen.
“I had actually just looked at the contest website a few days before and it said that winners would be notified by November. Since it was December, I figured we got hosed again. Needless to say, it was a pleasant surprise.”
CCJH yearbook students strive to not only get excellent photos, but also tell the stories of the things that happen at the school.
“In the yearbook last year we had a lot of text in it such as stories, quotes, and polls,” said editor Ashli Albertson. “I really think that gave us a leg up in the competition because most people just think of the yearbook as pictures.”
Cactus Canyon has published its yearbooks with Lifetouch for the past three years, and will go for its fourth this 2013-2014 school year. The yearbook class now made up almost entirely of new students, with only four veteran students remaining.
“I think this will greatly affect our work ethic here in yearbook. Now that the newbies know that we won an award last year they feel like they need to win one too,” said Albertson. “We were the only [class] that won an award for our yearbook, so we are trying to make this yearbook just as good as last year’s.”
You can purchase your own yearbook online at
  1. Maranda says:

    Great job! I always enjoy your writing!

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