Piedmont’s Yonahian feature spread takes first place in national contest
The Yonahian has been recognized with a first-place Pinnacle Award for Best Feature Spread by the College Media Association, which serves student media programs across the country. The category recognizes excellence in the design of a yearbook’s division page or spread.
Piedmont was by far the smallest school to be nominated for any category in the national competition, according to Dr. Joe Dennis, chair of Piedmont’s Mass Communications Department.
The Yonahian’s winning spread on pages 48-49 features a student ski trip to Wolf Ridge Resort in February 2020. It was the best among all contenders, topping submissions from Rice University, Texas Tech University, the University of Miami and Southern Methodist University, which took second, third, and honorable mentions, respectively.
Alyssa Emmett ’20 and Sarah Bittner ’23 designed the page, and Dr. Melissa Tingle serves as advisor to the Yonahian staff.
"I'm extremely proud of the work Alyssa and Sarah did in designing the 100th volume of the Yonahian,” Tingle said. “To be recognized as top content creators among some of the largest schools in the nation is a testament to the education these two students have received in their mass communications and graphic design courses here at Piedmont College."
Each edition of the Yonahian is original and unique. The 2019-2020 “Ignite” book celebrated the publication’s 100th edition and included a historical timeline of the yearbook. The Piedmont Journal included a story about the staff and its accomplishments in the Spring issue.
All editors and writers of the Yonahian are current students and a copy is given to all Piedmont students free of charge.