Collins-Maxwell High School got some welcome news recently.


The school’s yearbook from the 2016-17 school year received a National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award from Jostens, the company that prints theirs and many other school yearbooks.


“Yearbook 1” and “Yearbook 2” are classes at Collins-Maxwell that are taught by instructor Cody Coffelt, who has taught yearbook classes for eight years now, and admitted she was “shocked” to hear the news of the award.


“I didn’t know if we had met all the criteria,” she said. “There are three areas that you have to meet in order to receive the award. I was worried about our sales percentage.”


Sales percentage falls under one of the three award criteria — “a book in every student’s hands.” Jostens requires that a minimum of 70 percent of students buy the book or that there is a 5 percent growth rate from the previous year. “We had an 89 percent student buy rate,” Coffelt said.


The other two criteria were 1) “a meaningful book for ALL students,” in that at least 50 percent of your student body is covered three times or more in the book; and 2) “effective project management,” meaning that you’ve submitted everything by the set date and met all the other deadlines. Not only did Collins-Maxwell meet the deadlines, it had 100 percent of its student body in the book at least three times, Coffelt said.


Students who worked on the yearbook that won the award include: Abby Kahler, Amanda Harrington, Katy Cox, Taylor Ness, Madelief Liebrand, Nash Kennedy, Frank Sposeto, Jason Hillgren, Payton Cory and Austin Galbraith.


In honor of the award, the school received a banner that will be displayed somewhere in the school. Coffelt also received a Jostens’ letter and pin to recognize the dedication, appreciation and shared commitment to deliver the best products, services and moments that matter to Collins-Maxwell’s students and the school’s yearbook program.


Plans for the yearbook that will cover the present school year, Collins-Maxwell’s first year as Spartans, are underway. “We would like to use our new school colors as our color scheme and the new logo throughout the book. The cover design for the 2018 book is going to be awesome,” she said. But she wouldn’t say much more about the next yearbook. “I don’t want to give too much away yet!”