During my four years in Yearbook, I've learned a lot more than just Photoshop and InDesign. I've learned to stand up for myself, to be an effective leader, and to always say 'please' and 'thank you.' I truly mean it when I say I would not be the person I am today without this class." —UPrep student
Students may begin taking publications electives in seventh grade, starting in Middle School Journalism and Yearbook, with many moving up to leadership positions in Upper School Journalism and Yearbook.
Using state-of-the-art software and professional-grade camera equipment, they learn how to communicate through writing, photography, and graphic design. Beginning with understanding their audience, students learn the best ways to grab that audience’s attention, support their assertions with evidence, and tell compelling stories.
Student publications include two newspapers, Puma Prints (Middle School) and The Puma Press (Upper School), and the yearbook.
4x winner of the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award (The Puma Press)
5x Walsworth Gallery of Excellence honorees (UPrep Yearbook)
2023 National Scholastic Press Association All-American Ranking (The Puma Press)
2022 Washington Journalism Education Association Emerald Award (The Puma Press)
2023 Washington Journalism Education Association State Write-Off Contest winners (feature writing and online journalism/website)
Honorable Mention, 2022 Walsworth Photo Contest (life during the pandemic)
2023 Walsworth "Caught Our Eye" honoree (UPrep Yearbook)
While working on a publication, students learn how to manage time, communicate and collaborate with other people, think critically, and take an introspective look at their community. It's great if they learn design skills and how to write effective captions, but all of them will have jobs someday where they work with other people, and that's what I hope to prepare them for. They will use these skills regardless of their career path." —Journalism Teacher Scott Collins