Jostens Yearbooks Honored with 21 Prestigious 2015 Premier Print Awards from Printing Industries of America

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Jostens receives coveted Best of Category “Benny” Award six times in the past seven years

Jostens, the market leader of yearbooks and student-created content, and 19 of its yearbook customers were named recipients of the 2015 Premier Awards from the Printing Industries of America. Lucky Bag 2014, from the United States Naval Academy and Jostens, earned a Best of Category “Benny”, the highest honor in the 2015 Premier Print Awards.

The Premier Print Awards is the world’s most prestigious worldwide printing competition and recognizes outstanding achievement in print production. Jostens also won the Award of Recognition for its 2015 “Look Book,” an annual collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks.

In addition, Jostens received 10 first place Awards of Recognition for publishing the following yearbooks:

  •     Cavaleon 2015, Coral Gables High School [FL]
  •     Etruscan 2014, Glenbrook South High School [IL]
  •     Howitzer 2014, United States Military Academy [NY]
  •     Marksmen 2014, St. Marks School of Texas [TX]
  •     Pioneer 2015, Kirkwood High School [MO]
  •     Sound 2014, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus [NY]
  •     Sub Turri 2015, Boston College [MA]
  •     Taps 2014, Clemson University [SC]
  •     The Miller 2015, Yukon High School [OK]
  •     The Talon 2014, La Quinta High School [CA]

Along with the Award of Recognition honors, Jostens received nine Certificates of Merit for publishing these yearbooks:

  •     Cornellian 2015, Cornell University [NY]
  •     El Paisano 2014, Westlake High School [TX]
  •     Hardscrabble 2015, Western Reserve Academy [OH]
  •     Highlander 2015, Highland Park High School [TX]
  •     Hi-S-Potts 2015, Pottsville Area High School [PA]
  •     La Vie 2014, Penn State University [PA]
  •     Lone Star 2015, James Bowie High School [TX]
  •     Red Cedar Log 2014, Michigan State University [MI]
  •     Tonitrus 2014, Rocklin High School [CA]

Now in its 66th year, the competition received more than 2,400 entries from all across the world, and judges awarded the Benny to the top entry in each category. The criterion for the competition is based on the overall look of the finished publication, including the quality of photography, design expertise, print quality and binding.

The Benny Award is the highest honor in the 2015 Premier Print Awards, and has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. The Benny is named after Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s first and most accomplished printers.

“It is a great honor for Jostens to once again be recognized by the Printing Industries of America for partnering with our customers to produce exceptional printed yearbooks that tell stories, preserve traditions and celebrate moments that matter,” said Murad Velani, chief operating officer, Jostens. “This recognition is a reflection of the continuity, deep expertise, creativity, pride and terrific collaboration between Jostens associates and our customers in creating world class publications and yearbooks.”

Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, agrees. “The Benny winners represent the best our industry has to offer. This year’s entries were outstanding. There were entries from companies in seven countries. Despite the fierce competition, Jostens, through hard work and dedicated craftsmanship, produced a piece worthy of the Benny.”

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for over 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop 21st century skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business while creating the permanent record of the school year.

To learn more about the Premier Print Awards and view the full list of winners visit

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Jostens serves markets in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, educational and trade publishing segments.

About Printing Industries of America
Headquartered in Sewickley, PA, Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with approximately 1 million employees. It serves the interests of more than 8,000 member companies. Printing Industries of America, along with local affiliated associations, delivers services and products that enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of members and the industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

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