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AHS Yearbook Gets High Praise from International Student Press Association

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association gives La Reata, the state's oldest public school yearbook, a Gold Medal Critique.

The 2013 AHS yearbook

The Albuquerque High School yearbook, under the advisement of teacher Katrina Hart, received a Gold Medal Critique by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and is now in the running for a Gold Crown Award by the international organization representing student journalists.

The 2013 edition of the La Reata featured the theme, “So You Think You Know,” incorporating all of the little things about AHS that people don't usually think of when it comes to Bulldog City.

"We included coverage of our multiple AP courses, students who contribute to the community outside of school walls, and the brighter aspects of everything we do to maintain the tradition of the oldest high school in Albuquerque," said Hart, who has been the yearbook adviser at Albuquerque High for seven years.

This was the first time AHS submitted a yearbook for critique by CSPA in the publication's 104-year history. La Reata is the oldest public school yearbook in New Mexico.

The book scored high on visual appeal (cover, photography, design); verbal (writing, captions, headline, theme) and reference (reader-friendly, historically accurate).

The staff was applauded for the book's “attractive, contemporary cover and solid use of theme color, font and graphics.” The yearbook also was praised for its representation of a diverse student population and broad coverage of school events. And it was praised for strong photography.

"Overall, my students and I put in well over 500 hours of work and over 20,000 photographs were taken to produce this book," Hart said.

Gold Crown awards will be announced in March.

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