Journalism and publications are both classes offered at Kelly Walsh, but more than that they are opportunities for students to be published and to experience writing as an occupation. The classes are deadline driven as the curriculum is structured around producing the school newspaper, the Kelly Kall, and the school yearbook, Spirit of Troy. The class is aligned with Kelly Walsh’s mission of preparing all students for their next step, such as how the students act as reporters for the school. A journalism or publications student learns layout, and applied writing skills- in both feature articles and editorials. Students are also aware and involved in the activities of Kelly Walsh, as it is their responsibility to document -from the student perspective- what it means to be a Kelly Walsh Trojan.
The publications class was proud to produce the 2011-2012 4A state championship yearbook.
The publications class was proud to produce the 2013-2014 4A state championship yearbook.
Kelly Walsh High School yearbook honored with appearance in Walsworth's exclusive Possibilities bookKansas City, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2010) – The Spirit of Troy yearbook at Kelly Walsh High School has been chosen as one of the select few to be included in the 2014 edition of Walsworth Publishing Company's prestigious Possibilities publication.
Possibilities is an annual idea book produced by Walsworth that is designed to showcase some of the best work done by the company's yearbooks over the previous year. The 288-page hardcover book serves as an idea generator for students across the nation, showing examples of outstanding theme development, design, writing and photography.
The 2014 volume of Possibilities features 623 examples from 187 yearbooks. Those examples represent a small percentage of Walsworth's customer base, making an appearance in the book an exclusive accomplishment. Work appearing in this book is displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops throughout the year, and countless yearbook staffs across the country will refer to Possibilities as a premier source for inspiration.
The Kelly Walsh High School yearbook was produced under the direction of Liz Masterson, yearbook adviser.
"I watched the hard work and dedication these students and their adviser put into creating this yearbook. Not many people produce a book in less than a year, never mind that these were students who had other classes and obligations during that time," said Jimmie Johnson, the Walsworth yearbook sales representative for the school.
"The students on this staff should be proud of the result – a book that the students at their school will cherish forever," Johnson said.
Walsworth, headquartered in Marceline, Mo., is the only family-owned yearbook publishing company in the United States. The company's Sales and Marketing Department is located in Kansas City, Mo., with sales offices worldwide.