DME to celebrate the Class of 2013
by Jack Mcneely
Apr 21, 2013 | 631 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Mcneely
Jack Mcneely
When more than 750 high school seniors walk across their respective stages and receive their diplomas Friday, May 24, the Daily Mountain Eagle will be there. As always, our reporters will be there to document each commencement ceremony with words and photographs.

Moreover, we will print and distribute a special keepsake countywide graduation program titled, “Presenting the Class of 2013.”

Unlike previous years when we published black and white group shots of each school’s graduating class within your Daily Mountain Eagle, this glossy, magazine-style program will feature individual photos of every senior in full color. A blank autograph page will also be featured following the complete listing of seniors per school.

Consider it a countywide yearbook, if you will.

Participating schools include Sumiton Christian School, Walker High School and all county schools — Carbon Hill, Curry, Cordova, Oakman, Dora and Parrish.

Each school will receive four programs per senior. While we will not charge each school for the programs, we certainly encourage the schools to charge a nominal fee for the program as a school fundraiser during their respective commencement ceremonies; but that is the choice of each school.

Our plan is to publish 4,000 programs and distribute them to the schools the week of graduation. A limited supply will also be available for purchase at the Daily Mountain Eagle office located at 1301 East Viking Dr. in Jasper following the commencement ceremonies.

An e-book version of the graduation program will also be available on our website. It will remain linked on our home page through the end of the summer break. In January alone, garnered more than 70,000 unique users, more than 200,000 hits and nearly 1 million page views.

This is the kind of project that I promised when I arrived here early last year. The successful launch of Walker Magazine makes this keepsake program a no-brainer for your hometown newspaper.

Having published similar graduation programs in other markets, I am excited to offer the same for schools, students, family and friends here in Walker County.

Meanwhile, the graduation program is not the only school project on the horizon. Next fall we will publish a specialty publication called, “The Class of 2026.” This keepsake tab will feature a group photo of every kindergarten class in Walker County.

We will also ask each kindergartener the same question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As you can imagine, there will be some very cute answers.

Such projects are never possible without the support of our business community. The Daily Mountain Eagle, now in its 140th year of publishing hometown news, and its staff and readership family, thank you!

Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at