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Santa Maria High School’s yearbook, The Review, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2018 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The Jostens 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. 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.

The Review was created by the Publications class under the direction of Tina van den Heever, Santa Maria High School’s yearbook adviser.

“Last year’s theme, ‘Reflections of the Past; Visions of the Future’ was chosen because our school is evolving, but we are interested in keeping the traditional feeling of the school. The best thing we were able to put in our book last year was a story about the time capsule that was found during Spring Break while updating our school’s sign. What an incredible tie-in to our theme!” –Mrs. van den Heever

“As a student, being able to work on a masterfully crafted historical document that not only captured the past, but harnessed the great expectations for the future was an absolute pleasure and privilege.” Vincent Sanchez, Review editor, 2018

The Santa Maria High School Review was one of only 413 yearbooks selected from approximately 2,000 entries. The 2018 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 304-page 2018 Look Book.

“The Jostens Look Book showcases the hard work and dedication of students who tell the story of the school year through photos and words. It is their collaboration and
communication, as well as creative thinking in challenging situations, that results in the fine designs shown in this book,” said Sara Sausker, Senior Manager of Customer Experience. “We are very proud to celebrate the ability of this country’s future leaders and communicators by showcasing their sophisticated designs and photography.”

Tina van den Heever and her yearbook staff received a copy of the 2018 Jostens Look Book and plaque from Jostens to recognize their outstanding achievement.


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