Bishop Smith yearbook gains national recognition
Submitted Photo: Bishop Smith Catholic High School earned first place in the Canadian Yearbook Review nation-wide competition for their 2015-2016 yearbook. In photo, left to right: Brad Boudreau, Kylee Walsh and Cory Bennett.
Bishop Smith Catholic High School students have made their mark in national yearbook history.
The high school’s 2015-2016 yearbook earned them first place in the Canadian Yearbook Review – a national yearbook competition open to all high schools across Canada.
This is the third time that the school has received the national recognition – having also been awarded first place in 2008 and 2015.
Competing against hundreds of schools from east to west, Bishop Smith coasted to the top with their creative documentation of their school’s treasure trove of memories from the 2015-2016 school year.
The participating yearbooks were judged by a points system with aspects of photography, journalism, graphic design, photoshop and creativity being critiqued.
“Judges looked at absolutely everything. For photography, they’d critique composition, lighting and depth of field. They’d also judge it by how well it followed the chosen theme. So they’d look at the cover to see if it was apparent for the theme and if it remained consistent throughout the entire book,” said Bennett. “They give points for everything that’s done correctly and then all points are tallied up to decide a winner.”
Bishop Smith teacher Cory Bennett taught that year’s yearbook class which had seven Grade 12 students learn skills in photography, graphic design, journalism and other media arts to assist them with the cumulative project of creating the yearbook.
Student editors Kylee Walsh and Sarah Travis led the group of seven with the year-round project.
“Those two girls took on my perfectionism and went all out on it. I’ve never had two people or any editors who were so diligent, always ready to go and always asking to do something,” said Bennett. “When I got the news in September and shared it with the entire group, they were all pretty proud of it and rightfully so – they earned it.”
Upon picking up the 132-page archive, readers are immediately greeted by a crusader leaping off the front cover with the words ‘Make Your Mark’ and a pile of colouring pencils scattered below.
A UV protective coat lends a 3D visual to the cover words and images to make the crusader and colouring pencils appear life-like as they jump off the page in front of readers’ eyes.
“When you look at it from certain angels, they kind of stand out. And the front flows into the back cover really nicely,” said Bennett.
The cover, much like the rest of the book, cleverly links up with the ‘Make Your Mark’ theme by following the style of a colouring book. Various images and drawings are scattered throughout the book that allow readers to pick up their own crayons and leave their mark throughout the pages.
“Kylee designed the front cover with our school’s mascot, the crusader. And other drawings throughout the book were designed by members of the art club,” said Bennett. “And as for the theme of ‘Make Your Mark’, we really wanted to establish on students how they actually make their mark in the school and in the community. And also playing with words by having the colouring pages so students can physically make their mark by actually colouring in pages throughout the book from front to back.”
As readers dive into the book, there are pages devoted to all aspects of that school year including the adventures, achievements, artistry, athletics and amusing antics that Bishop Smith staff and students.
Bennett expressed how every year the school’s yearbook gets better and better as students begin applying new techniques and ideas to improve from the previous years.
“Every year the design gets tighter and the writing gets better,” said Bennett.
Bennett said that he’s particularly proud with this year’s production which led to their national win and he’s looking forward to many more stellar books in years to come.