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Michigan School Named Winner of National Yearbook Contest

After receiving more than 100 compelling entries from all across North America, we are pleased to announce that Harbor High School of Highland, Mich., has been selected the winner of our My School Deserves a Yearbook contest.

The announcement was originally slated for December 1, 2015, in observance of Giving Tuesday, but Principal Susan Gallagher wanted to make a surprise announcement to the student body and officials from the Huron Valley School District at a special school-wide event December 14.

Lisa Dean, regional sales director, along with Kris and Dave Koester, local Picaboo Yearbooks account managers, were on hand to present the award.

“We stand here today to tell you that out of the many entries we received from all across North America, we chose Harbor High School as the most deserving school,” said Dean. “We are excited to tell you that each and every one of you will receive a free yearbook this year.”

Entrants were asked to submit their unique story in 250 words or less about what made their school deserving of free yearbooks. Harbor High School’s yearbook and literary magazine adviser, Ben Dowker, submitted an entry on behalf of the school with help of student Scott Irvine. Dowker looks forward to the affect this will have on the students.

“Winning this contest will be a morale booster for the entire student body,” said Dowker. “Almost all of the students at this alternative high school have suffered loss and failure in their lives, so having something good happen will lift their spirits and increase their hopes for a better future.”

The Koesters and Dowker will work with an 18-student staff to create the yearbook using Picaboo Yearbooks’ cloud-based web application.

“We are thrilled that Harbor High School was chosen as the winner,” said Kris Koester. “I have worked with Mr. Dowker and his students for a few years now and feel that the students of Harbor have so much to gain by this opportunity. Not only will each student have this memento for years to come, but the yearbook staff will learn valuable life skills such as writing, photography, design, leadership and time management.”

In addition to awarding free yearbooks to every student at Harbor High School, we chose four schools as runners-up:

Yellow Door Academy, Edmonds, Washington
Arthur F. Smith Middle School, Alexandria, Louisiana
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School, Wasilla, Alaska
Steele Street Public School, Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Click here to learn more about Picaboo Yearbooks’ Yearbooks for Everyone fund.

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