2019 yearbook Pacemaker finalists

ACP names 7 yearbooks as Pacemaker finalists

June 3, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS — The nation’s top collegiate yearbooks were recognized today by the Associated Collegiate Press who announced seven finalists in its annual Pacemaker competition.

All seven yearbooks will be honored and the Pacemaker winners announced during the virtual awards ceremony of the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, 6 p.m. Eastern Thursday, Oct. 22.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best with Pacemaker honors.”

The ACP Pacemaker award, one of the oldest awards for collegiate journalism, has a rich tradition. The association began presenting the prestigious award to collegiate newspapers soon after the organization was founded in 1921. Throughout the years, yearbooks, magazines and online sites were added to the competition.

“These yearbooks deliver engaging verbal and visual stories, showcasing superior photojournalism, writing and design,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker competitions. “These yearbooks cover universities with 1,600 to 63,000 students, and the spirit and diversity of those collegiate communities come alive on their pages.”

Yearbooks produced during the 2018-19 school year competed directly against each other. A team of three nationally recognized judges selected the seven finalists. Three of the finalist yearbooks will earn Pacemaker honors. The three winners represent the top 13 percent of the approximately 24 yearbooks submitted.

Past yearbook winners
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Past yearbook finalists
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

All Pacemaker winners
announced Nov. 2, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The Ouachitonian
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Editor: Addy Goodman
Adviser: Deborah Root

The Tower
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California
Editor: Alex Bader
Adviser: Tom Nelson

University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Editor: Morgan Thomson
Adviser: Randy Stano

Royal Purple
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
Editors: Lane Dickinson, Ashley Read, 
Adviser: Spencer O’Daniel

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
Editor: Rachel Gan, Ariauna Johnson
Adviser: Jessie King

La Ventana
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
Editor: Davian Hopkins
Advisers: Sheri Lewis, Andrea Watson

Baylor University
Waco, Texas
Editor: Rachel Cole
Adviser: Bruce Gietzen, Julie Reed