Issaquah High School earns Jostens national yearbook design recognition

March 11, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah High School’s yearbook, “The Sammamish,” has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens “Gotcha Covered Look Book,” celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The “Look Book” is “a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography,” according to the Jostens website. Along with design excellence, the annually published “Look Book” honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

Issaquah High School’s yearbook

The Sammamish was created by Editor-in-Chief Isabel Beaudoin, Student Activities Editor Michelle Yoshihara, Athletics Editor Amanda Kibbel, Academics Editor Melanie Page, Clubs and Organizations Editor Ashley Yeh, People Editor Malia Villani, Senior Ads Editor Jacob Masaki, Index Editor Mitchell Yin, and staff members Songbong Chu, Shane Fong, Alexis Grosclaude, Alex Hagen and Amanda Ulrich under the direction of Ellen Jarvinen, Issaquah High School yearbook adviser.

“This is our fourth time being included in the ‘Look Book,’” Jarvinen said. “I am really proud of the staff for their work, especially Isabel, whose page was the one chosen.”

“The Sammamish” was one of 426 yearbooks selected from approximately 3,000. The 2014 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 352-page 2014 “Look Book.”

“Yearbooks are unique, limited-edition books created by students to capture the stories and events for all of the school’s students, and Jostens is proud to celebrate the yearbook tradition and the 426 yearbooks selected for the 2014 Jostens ‘Look Book,’” Editor John Dalke said in a news release. “Today’s yearbooks are very sophisticated in terms of visual presentation and the relevant and inclusive content that is featured.”

Jarvinen and her yearbook staff received a copy of the 2014 Jostens “Look Book” and certificate from Jostens to recognize their achievement.

Having been published as early as 1934, the Issaquah High School yearbook has a long tradition of capturing student memories. The book’s name, “The Sammamish,” originated from Issaquah’s American Indian heritage. When the school opened in 1904, the Issaquah area boasted a large number of Sammamish Indians, who summered near Lake Tradition and spent their winters near Lake Sammamish. Thus, the original mascot was an American Indian and the yearbook was named “The Sammamish” to honor the native people of the area.

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