Jan 22, 2008

Selah clinches prestigious title, ranks in top 10 yearbooks

by Aubrey Blankenship

Liberty University’s 2007 yearbook, Selah, recently won the highest national recognition possible. Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) awarded Selah a Collegiate Crown Award, placing it among the top ten yearbooks in the country.

Each year CSPA, based out of Columbia University, reviews student publications for overall excellence. The Crown Award is recognized by all media outlets as an official source of media, and each yearbook is evaluated based on style, content, writing and editing, as well as accurate representation of the university.

Selah entered the competition each of the past four years but never placed as a finalist. Each year the Selah staff carefully considered the critiques sent back with the yearbooks and tirelessly implemented changes that factored into the 2007 win.

To yearbook advisor Carrie Barnhouse, Selah’s achievement is a dream come true.

 “I had two goals when I began my position as advisor,” Barnhouse said. “The first was for the yearbook to become a student-led publication. This has been achieved as students now only need guidance and assistance. The second goal was that we would be nationally recognized as a Crown winner. This is a huge accomplishment.”

Selah now ranks among state universities such as Texas A&M University, the University of Miami, North Carolina State University and Kansas State University. Liberty stands as the only current finalist never to have previously won a Crown.

Much credit is due to the dedicated 2007 Selah staff, headed by Editor in Chief Sabrena Carter.

“We are unified by the purpose of representing the student body, with the ultimate goal of glorifying God and showing his work here at Liberty,” Carter said.

Over the course of the year, the Selah staff worked collectively non-stop to produce an award-winning yearbook marked by class and maturity.

“We have shown that Liberty is not cliché or behind the times, but an amazing school with incredible people,” says Carter. 

Adding to the content of the 2007 Selah was an eight-page tribute to Dr. Falwell. An accurate reflection of 2007 could not have existed without an acknowledgement of the man with the vision for the university.

Barnhouse and the staff now look ahead to another promising year. They plan to learn from the past and branch out with fresh ideas that will incorporate all of the student body, including distance learning students.

“I am so glad that we won,” Barnhouse said, “but now we need to keep up our momentum and provide students with something to be proud. ‘Who are the people who make up Liberty?’ The 2008 Selah will paint how each student is unique but fits into the overall grand scheme of the Liberty family we have here.”

Contact Aubrey Blankenship at anblankenship@liberty.edu.

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