White House Fellows Program Completes First Yearbook

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The White House Fellows program recently completed their first yearbook to honor this election year’s distinctive Fellow’s class. Entourage Yearbooks served as book publishers.

Everyone, Fellows and staff alike, without exception, loved the book.

The White House Fellows program recently completed their first yearbook to honor this year’s distinctive Fellow’s class. The yearbook for the Fellow’s program commemorates a year of firsthand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

The 2011-2012 White House Fellows Class were specially selected to work as full-time, paid interns to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials in the White House for an entire year. They also had the opportunity to participate in an education program consisting of round-table discussions with renowned leaders, and trips to study U.S. policy in action, both domestically and internationally.

This year's class decided that a yearbook would be the best way to capture the year of incredible experiences in a concise and memorable way. Though many members took pictures and kept personal journals throughout the year, it was agreed that a yearbook would be the ideal central place to store some of these memories, not just for the class, but for the White House Fellowship program and their families and friends. Ted Johnson, a member of the White House Fellows Class, took charge of the project.

Four of the Fellows in this class were military officers and were familiar with the tradition of a “cruise book”, a book compiled to help remember the travel, operations, and camaraderie of the deployment. Johnson sites this model as an influence for the White House Fellows yearbook.

To get the project off the ground, Johnson researched publishers to find the right fit for the project. “I needed to ensure our chosen yearbook company would be professional due to the number of photos of high-ranking public officials,” Johnson explained. “Because of the sensitive nature of these pictures, I needed to ensure the proper amount of respect and confidentiality would be accorded.” Ultimately Johnson decided to publish the yearbook with Entourage Yearbooks.

The book was passed out at two primary events. The first was a brunch at the home of one of the Fellows. The second was a luncheon at the White House Fellowship office, which sits just outside the North portico of the White House itself. At both events, the class caught up on the happenings in each other’s lives, and recounted memories sparked by the yearbook.

"Everyone, Fellows and staff alike, without exception, loved the book," reported Johnson. "If one word could capture everyone’s first reaction to the book, it would be: Amazing!"

Originally founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program was created to be one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships, as envisioned by President Lyndon B. Johnson, offer exceptional first-hand experience to young men and women. More information about the program can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/fellows.

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