At the recent Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) conference, Augustana’s Edda yearbook staff received praise for their work on last year’s book. The group was awarded sixth place in the top 10 best in show yearbooks.

The ACP is a national membership organization for college media. It awards college organizations for outstanding work in newspaper, magazine and online media.

“Our editors work very hard to produce a good yearbook every year,” senior editor-in-chief Alexandra Hjerpe said.

The Edda staff is made up of 12 section editors. These students all have specific sections of the yearbook they are assigned to edit, and several others occasionally assist with the yearbook.

“These students learn how to work as a team to come up with the best result, and it is always excellent,” faculty advisor and journalism department chair Janet Blank-Libra said.

Last year’s book contains 208 pages. This large of a project requires a variety of talents and students that contribute to the production of the yearbook.

“We have students from all kinds of different majors that help with the yearbook,” Blank-Libra said. “Our design editor is an art student and does great work.”

The book was entered into the contest presented by the ACP at the National College Media Convention (NCMC) in New Orleans, which Hjerpe attended along with Blank-Libra and a few other Augustana student yearbook and newspaper editors in October.

The Edda placed in the top 10 for the first time ever at NCMC. The first place winner was Warbler from Eastern Illinois University. Schools from California, Missouri and Indiana were also among the top five ranked in the category of yearbooks with 300 pages or less.

“This award was well deserved,” Hjerpe said. “A lot of work on everybody’s part went into the creation of this book.”

The “Eddators” (as the Edda staff members call themselves) put in hours of their time each year for the production of the yearbooks. For some of them, it is one of their larger extracurricular commitments.

“It’s difficult to explain the amount of work that these students do,” Blank-Libra said. “It’s even more difficult to explain the quality of work. Everyone goes above and beyond with their editing. I’m glad they have been recognized for their achievements.”

The award-winning 2012-2013 yearbooks were distributed to students at the beginning of this semester, and work on the 2013-2014 books is already underway.

“Last year’s was great but I think this year’s will be even better and I can’t wait to see what they come up with,” Blank-Libra said.