Yearbook earns second place in Lifetouch contest


Mrs. Castelhano

Yearbook staff members display their plaque for earning second place in the Lifetouch Yearbook Showcase for the second consecutive year. Pictured are eighth graders Mallory Mellor, Olivia McCrary, Kashmir Baillie, Isabella Vasquez, and adviser Jason Davis.

Delaney Siggia, Chronicle Editor

     The CCJH 2016-2017 yearbook has recently placed second in the Lifetouch National Yearbook Showcase in the Middle School and Junior High Division.
     The showcase includes all schools that use Lifetouch to publish their yearbooks. Cactus Canyon has now won second place twice, the first being for the 2015-2016 book, as well as two honorable mentions previously.
     “It’s very hard work, but it’s worth it when we see the final products, and especially when we get recognized for it,” advisor Jason Davis said.
     Students in yearbook take pictures of school life all across campus, from daily school activities to large, diverse projects and after-school events.
     “I am most proud of the effort that was put into the pictures,” eighth grader Olivia McCrary said. “It had taken so long to get the content for the book and once placed on the pages and in print it was really great.”
     Photographers for the 2017-2018 yearbook say that past books winning this achievement motivates them to work harder to improve on the current one. Others say that the award was a confidence boost to help them complete it.
     “Winning this award will make me want to try harder to make an even better (yearbook) this year,” eighth grader Hayden Pride said.
     Davis aims to achieve either the Pacemaker (from the NSPA) or the Crown Award (from the CSPA) next. Photographers hope that this year’s book will be the one to achieve first place in either competition.
     “The newspaper will earn its second Crown in March, and my life would feel much more complete if the yearbook had earned one, too,” Davis said. “We haven’t had any luck in the Pacemakers yet, but it would be a great honor to say we’d won both of the big awards.”