Pinkerton's 'Critic' takes top honor

DERRY NEWS/File photoA stack of historic Pinkerton Academy yearbooks stand tall at the school in Derry. Pinkerton is once again being honored for its yearbook "The Critic."

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy's yearbook, The Critic, is being honored again for its excellence and style in the Jostens Look Book for 2021.

The national yearbook design award is given to schools to celebrate yearbook design and inclusivity.

The Jostens Look Book is a collection of outstanding yearbooks, creative themes, cover designs, and relevant coverage of school events through storytelling and photography.

Along with design excellence, the annual Look Book honors the work of the students who create the yearbook over the course of six to 12 months.

The winning Critic was created by co-editors Kathryn Anderson and Samantha Gosselin; Stephanie Thach, design and photo editor; Samantha Brackesy, social media editor; and staff members Olivia Farrington, Riley Maynard, Julianna Manrique, Grace Neeb, Laura Parady, Isabelle Steger, Ellen Stiles and Emily Vitale.

The Critic is under the direction of yearbook advisors Timothy Cain and Dale Cremone. 

“Earning the Jostens Look Book recognition is truly an honor," Cain said. "Having The Critic being recognized three consecutive years reveals the outstanding work Pinkerton's students are doing. It's a testament to the staff for their commitment to maintaining journalistic standards."

Cain also noted that having Cremone as the assistant yearbook advisor adds an extra depth of knowledge.

The Critic was one of only 460 yearbooks selected from more than 1,000 yearbooks submitted. The 2021 panel of judges included recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisors.

“The Jostens Look Book showcases the hard work and dedication of students who tell the story of the school year through photos and words," said Sara Sauxker, 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."

The Pinkerton yearbook staff received a copy of the Jostens Look Book 2021 along with a plaque and banner to honor the achievement. 

First published as Pinkerton's school newspaper, The Critic was officially named in 1940 as the school's yearbook, changing through the years to add more content and photos of students. 

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