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UNCP’s Indianhead yearbook wins a top award

February 8, 2010

The 2009 Indianhead, UNC Pembroke’s yearbook, won first place with “special merit” in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual contest.


Yearbook review – Editor David Torres II looks over the finished product with his parents, David Sr. and Donnamarie.

UNCP and Clemson University scored highest in the competition. The Indianhead received 965 out of a possible 1,000 points.

The judges called it “an outstanding overall example of a scholastic publication in format, content, and presentation." 

Other categories included creativity, photography and page design.

In his third year working on the yearbook, David Torres II, a digital art major, was the editor. He was excited to hear the news.

“My reaction to winning the award was beyond shock,” Torres said. “I was really excited because not only has the yearbook been such a success to myself and the entire staff but also the University.”

The Indianhead had perfect marks for “content presentation” and “publication structure.”


Indianhead staff 2008-09 – First row from left: Chantel Moore, Keith Townsend, Tomika Brooks, Sara Oswald, Sabrina Godwin and Danielle Powers; middle row from left; Tiffany Schmidt, Jordan Pittman, Brittany Burt, Kimberly Swindell, Kayloni Wyatt and Octavia Hill; top row from left: David Torres II and Paela Pani.


“The yearbook, thanks to the entire staff and our advisor, was very colorful, structured and couldn't have been put together any other way,” Torres said.

It was UNCP’s first ever entry into the Scholastic Press competition for yearbooks. The Indianhead enters the Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition every year. The 2009 entry received a silver medal in the Columbia competition and missed gold by a few points.

For faculty advisor Sara Oswald, the 2009 edition was her 20th yearbook. She was very pleased with the edition and with the award.               “David is a talented artist and did some nice digital art work,” Oswald said. “I appreciated all the work and creativity that David and his staff put into this book, and now others appreciate it too.


Artistic touch – Editor David Torres II added a digital self-portrait to the 2009 yearbook.

“It was apparent from the beginning that David was engaged with this project and that he could make a valuable contribution,” she continued. “He came up with a theme based on the history and heritage of the University, and he motivated and inspired the staff to work together.”

“The most important point that I focused on was the changes over time and how different the University has become over the past 123 years,” Torres said. “A yearbook is a written timeline for the students, faculty and staff of the University to make a mark in history as well as share memories from the past and from the present all in one reading.” 

With the 2010 edition well underway, Osborn took a moment to reflect.

“We will enter both competitions again next year,” she said. “I was pleased with the scores and input we received.

“It was a high quality yearbook,” Oswald concluded. “This award was well deserved.”

It was hard work, but a great experience, Torres said.

“Staff put together the yearbook in less than seven months, and it is not easy,” he said. “It requires endless phone calls, late nights, interviews, pictures, emails and, of course, walking all over campus to get it all done.

“To know that we received the 2009 American Scholastic Press Association's first place award with special merit made it all worth it,” he concluded.