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Balfour Announces Winners of $5,000 in Scholarships

Balfour’s American Samaritan Award winners, Sarah Jennings of Harrisonburg High School (Harrisonburg, VA) and Sanna Apolskis of Tomball Memorial High School (Tomball, TX) are presented with their $2,500 scholarships.

Balfour is honored to announce the two National Winners of its American Samaritan competition held nationwide during the 2016-2017 school year.

The winner of each division received a check for $2,500, and a commemorative plaque; honoring their achievement in creating, developing and implementing a humanitarian project.

Sarah Jennings of Harrisonburg High School, takes home the scholarship for the Junior-Senior division.

The winner of the Junior-Senior Division is Sarah Jennings, of Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Presenting her check and plaque to her were her Balfour Yearbook Sales Representatives, Scott and Tami Stalcup, of Virginia.

“We told Sarah that Scott and I were there to present the Yearbook Yearbook Best award,” Tami Stalcup, Balfour representative said. “She was extremely surprised when Scott walked in with a super-sized check for $2,500.”

“Sarah is a very special yearbook editor who has been dedicated and committed to the yearbook, attending camp, JEA and CSPA,” Scott Stalcup, Balfour representative said. “But most importantly, she is kind, compassionate, and has a big heart.”

Tomball Memorial High School’s Sanna Apolskis is presented her scholarship check by Balfour representative Mary Beth McIver. Apolskis is the winner of the Freshman-Sophomore Division of Balfour’s American Samaritan Award.

Sanna Apolskis was surprised and delighted by the news of her scholarship winnings.

The winner of the Freshman-Sophomore Division is Sanna Apolskis, of Tomball Memorial High School, Tomball, Texas.  Presenting her check and plaque was Balfour Yearbook Sales Representative, Mary Beth McIver of Texas.

“Sanna’s parents told me she had been checking the website for weeks to see if she had won,” McIver said. “Her family came to the school for the surprise presentation, and when she saw my Balfour name badge, her face just lit up!”

Balfour’s American Samaritan is a recognition program that honors outstanding humanitarian accomplishments by students nationwide.  Every day, students across the United States exhibit extraordinary contributions by reaching out to help those in need.  Balfour is pleased to honor Sarah Jennings and Sanna Apolskis for their humanitarian efforts and achievement.

Congratulations Sarah and Sanna!

Prep for Yearbook Summer Camp

Think. Bond. Create. One of the best ways to jump-start next year’s book is to attend a summer workshop. Here are three reasons to sign up:

Theme development Whether you’ve chosen a theme or starting from scratch, a workshop is the perfect place to test drive a concept. You’ll see lots of ideas, consult with journalism experts and discover innovative ways to develop the theme throughout the book.

Staff bonding The social aspect of yearbook keeps students invested in the program. Sharing dorm space, working late into the night and goofing off together enhances the camp experience.

Creative inspiration In addition to learning about theme, design and coverage, your staffers will see stunning visuals. Cool covers, showstopper spreads and trending topics will inspire their own design and theme choices.

Bonus: Most journalism workshops are held on a university campus giving staffers an opportunity to experience a college environment. Contact your representative for workshops in your area or check our list of summer camps.

Thank a Teacher!

Thank you for everything you do as a teacher. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we offer inspirational messages about the importance of education.

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” -Robert Frost
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” -John Dewey
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” -Lily Tomlin
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”    -Nelson Mandela

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” -B.B. King

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” -Bill Gates

“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” -Michael Morpurgo

Here’s our heartfelt thanks for all of your hard work. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

What’s a Colophon?

Providing details about a book’s publication, colophons have been included in books and manuscripts as early as the 6th century. Today, a colophon provides a description of printing notes relevant to the yearbook.

Located at the end of the book, it gives facts about the publishing process including production and technology details. It should include information on:

  • Publishing: volume number, staff name, high school, city, state and publisher
  • Theme: theme concept, when and where it was developed
  • Production: number of pages, cover and endsheet materials, paper stock, computers and software used
  • Sales: book sales, book cost, ad costs
  • Graphics: fonts and colors
  • Photography: portrait photographers, staff photos, cameras
  • Awards: state and national recognition
  • Acknowledgments: names of people who supported the staff

Staffs may also include policies regarding portraits, group shots and sensitive issues (death), etc. A colophon can run at the end of the ads or index section, or possibly on the back endsheet.


Staffs often place the colophon on a spread with their staff list, editor’s note and pictures. Use the editor’s note to talk about the significance of the theme or the concept’s evolution. Explain how the staff overcame obstacles (weather events, computer crashes, etc.) and thank the staffers and adviser for their hard work. Remember, it took help to create that beautiful book.


Bonus tip: Here’s how four staffs presented their colophons in 2016.

Yearbook Resolutions for 2017

Lose weight. Save money. Spend more time with family. We all think of ways to improve ourselves at this time of year. Let’s also take that energy and focus it on our staffs.


Take a day and reflect on the fall semester. Discuss what worked well and what could be improved. Ask students to share how they could individually make things run smoother. Here are some suggestions:

  • Start each day with a 5-minute catch up. Let staffers share good news or what they’re looking forward to this week.
  • Meet with editors to go over individual responsibilities and expectations. Praise what they’ve done well. Encourage them in the areas that need work.
  • Assign a staffer to doublecheck name spellings and grades. It’s easy to mess up names, a sore spot for buyers. Having an extra set of eyes ensures there’s less mistakes.
  • Update the list of who has been in the book and how many times. Post it in the room. Compare it to who has bought a book. Encourage staffers to use students not on the list first and be wary of choosing a student who has already been included multiple times.
  • Rearrange seating or pair different students. If you’ve noticed some staffers distract each other, now is the time to play musical chairs. Also, create new pairings of students on spread assignments. They can share the workload and working with a different staffer helps them get to know each other and bond.
  • Don’t put off club pictures, team photos or index planning. It’s never too early to start thinking about those pages. Start doing the math and sketching ideas on paper to make these sections run smoother.

Bonus tip: Weekly self-evaluations make students accountable for their work, track spread progress and provide an additional grade.