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Sherri A. Taylor teaches graphic design in the Visual and Interactive Communications Department of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She is the director of the Empire State School Press Association for New York schools and directs the School Press Institute, a summer journalism workshop for scholastic journalists. She was formerly an award-winning publications adviser and journalism teacher in Irving, Texas. She was inducted into the Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of Oklahoma and received the Gold Key award from the Colombia Scholastic Press Association and the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. She has judged Gold Crown and Pacemaker awards for high school publications and has been a judge for the Society of News Design’s international competition. At Syracuse, she is the adviser to an award-winning yearly magazine, MPJ. In addition to teaching, she has adviser students on two book projects. The first, Eyes on the World (2006), is based on 15 years of documentary photography from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Understanding, and the second, Life Going on 9/11/02, was produced by the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop.


Tyler D. Youngman is a 1st year student at Syracuse University studying Information Management & Technology . He is a graduate of Oswego High School of Oswego,NY and is an assistant for the Empire State School Press Association Conference. While at Oswego, Tyler served as a Designer and Co-Editor for the “Paradox”, Oswego High School’s Yearbook Publication. He is a 3 year attendee of the ESSPA conference, and a 3 year attendee of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, where he received ‘Honorable Mention’ and ‘Bronze’ awards in several yearbook categories, and a ‘Gold’ award in ‘Yearbook Design Portfolio’ at the 2016 ESSPA conference. Tyler also attended the 2015 Summer Press Institute at Syracuse University, where he worked on an independent design project for Oswego’s yearbook. At Syracuse, Tyler is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, Syracuse University Marching Band, Basketball pep-band, and Resident Hall Association. He looks forward to working with ESSPA in the future.