Burges High School’s award winning yearbook once again earned another finalist nod for the prestigious Pacemaker Award. Hoofbeats has received 14 Pacemaker nominations in the past two decades and won eight times.
The award is known as the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism, the highest award a high school publication can receive.
“With the Pacemaker, it’s nice just to be nominated,” said journalism teacher Pat Monroe.
She credits her students’ passion and work ethic for consistently creating an award-winning book.
“We spend endless hours up here. This is really our first home,” she said. “My philosophy is that good things happen to those who work hard. You cannot put together a book in 42 minutes of class time. I always tell my kids to work from their hearts. Work from their head and work from their hearts. We do all of this with love.”
Editor Jasmine Tabler hopes to see a fourth Pacemaker in her future. Tabler student has worked on three books that already have earned the prestigious award.
“It feels good,” she said. “It’s rewarding. Every year, I’ve been in this program we’ve gotten nominated and we’ve won every year so far.”
She credits Monroe for her guiding students through the pages of the yearbook.
“I’m really thankful for her,” she said. “It’s because of her that we’re able to get it done.”