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Winning award has differing effects on musicians with values Share the story behind the award that the team won. “We worked for about a month to try and win the money award. The competition was actually on Facebook. Each of us had all our friends and family members go and vote for the RHS band every 24 hours,” Ania Cavillo-Mason said. “The competition was through Dolan Automotive and we were all so happy and excited to receive it. We were one of the top 20 competitors with the most votes. We received $2,500, and it was an amazing contribution because our band needed the help so desperately in order to buy a new sound system. Our band will definitely improve as a group from winning this prize.” How did it make you feel as a team to accomplish this, and what did this experience teach you? “We all worked hard so that we could feel glory and the award of being better.” Ryan Mellison said. “The award was proof of all of our hard work. We all earned and deserved it,

and the feeling of this achievement has made us all taste that glory, so we will work hard for it again.” “Winning the Dolan money was so good for the band. We desperately needed the money, and it came at the perfect time,” Hannah Kelly said.“We used it to purchase a new sound system for our front ensemble. We worked so hard to get the money and had friends and family vote, and we felt like our work paid off. It proved to us all that when we work hard as a team, good things will come of it.” Are you up for the challenge, as a team, to enter other competitions next year? What will you do to prepare ahead of time to ensure that you will win them? “As a band we have improved a lot this year, and continue to get better each year,” Megan Briggs said. “We have made more practice times,and longer practices as well as class time where we can continue rehearsal. So,

FAUTLESS FORMATIONS / Ania Cavillo-Mason, Ryan Mellison, Megan Holtorf and Taylor Brown play the flute during a ballad at halftime show. “I love getting up in front of the crowd and getting everyone pumped up for the game,” Holtorf said. “The formations we do on the field take work, but in the end they end up looking really cool.”

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by next year we will definitely be prepared.” “I as a band member believe that if we work really hard during this summer’s rehearsal,and are successful, that we should enter more competitions,”Leanne Kent said. “This year we took a really big step towards getting a lot better, and if we keep the momentum we have we can get to high places. When rehearsing we just need to stay focused on the task at hand, and don’t give up. As long as everyone in the band is willing to give their all, and take the time to work hard we can win. This year we came close to winning our division,and for us, that is huge. It means that next year we know we can win.” “When the whole band found out we won this award, I felt proud because the award would help us progress as a band,” Sheila Ignacio said.“I think the Dolan award made us much stronger as a band. It’s made me realize that I have to work hard for what I want. If you’re motivated enough, you can get a lot in life.”

54 Brian Paquette,trumpet player,solos in the halftime show at the North Valleys football game. game Photo by Lew Berns

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Marilyn Scoggins, editor Elements is published two times a school year for yearbook advisers and staff members by Balfour, 1550 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75235, (800) 677-2800. Additional subscriptions $10. Bulk mail paid in Dallas, Texas. Fall Issue 2014. Copyright 2014 by Balfour. Printed in the United States. Reproduction permitted for educational purposes only. Unsolicited manuscripts welcome; magazine assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited material.

Do you remember having fairy tales read to you as a child? I specifically recall Cinderella being one of my favorites. Cinderella’s life with her cruel stepmother and hateful stepsisters made me sad, but I loved the turn of events when her Fairy Godmother showed up. With the flick of a wand, Cinderella was instantly transformed into a beautiful princess. No one recognized Cinderella as she arrived at the ball (not even her stepmother & stepsisters). The Prince greeted Cinderella and never left her side. They lived those moments together. Yet, Cinderella knew something that the Prince did not know. She knew the magic would end at midnight. As storytellers, we know the moments of the year will eventually end. Before the magic of this year is over, take time to think coverage possibilities, listen for quotable quotes, observe photo opportunities and live in the moment. Every angle, sound-bite and image captured in print will outlive the dialogue that dwells in our momentary experiences. school spotlight – Jefferson County High School adviser and staff share the difference unifying moments make both inside and outside the yearbook classroom (p.4-5).

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think coverage possibilities – It’s not too late to change the angle from last year’s coverage and shift your perspective. See how schools present school events differently from year to year (p.6-9). make social media social – Learn to embrace technology in your classroom. Erin Coggins, yearbook adviser from Sparkman High School, will show you how to utilize Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook and the Selfie to better serve the needs of your student population (p.10-11). big question – Twelve advisers answer the question, “How do you draw your students away from their electronic devices and get them to experience the world around them?” (p.12-13). listen for quotable quotes – It’s simple and easy. Any staff can learn to listen. See how to fill your yearbook with quotable quotes that engage your readers in the conversation (p.14-17). observe photo opportunities – First and foremost, yearbooks are picture books. Plan photo strategies to capture a wide range of activities on every spread (p.18-21). a yearbook timesaver – Do you need InDesign to think like a yearbook program? Check out Balfour’s new and improved plug-in for InDesign (p.22-24).


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In a recently published book, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs,” Joshua Shenk debunks the centuries-old myth of the “lone genius.” He explains that when paired, people establish dynamic push-pull relationships as “generators and resonators” or as “dreamers and doers.” (As William Blake wrote, “Without contraries there is no progression.”) Ultimately, where do good ideas come from? Connection. Interaction. Observation. Two staff members connect information from a variety of sources, and then remix it in creative ways. Acquiring information by purposeful listening and observing are skills that can be acquired and improved with practice.

Taking in the sights and sounds of an activity helps students generate story ideas and collect sensory details. Doing the assignment with someone else, infuses it with creative energy.

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worksheet to generate

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in the moment • Pair up with someone. • Go to a place where students are gathered and engaged in an activity (lunchroom, art class, soccer practice). • Pretend that you are an outsider. Look and listen to what’s happening at your school from an outsider’s perspective. • Fill out separate sheets without comparing notes. • When you finish, compare what you observed and overheard. What is different? What I noticed

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that moments make a SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT:

difference yearbooks capture moments that cover the entire student population over a complete year

Jefferson Co High School

Nola Henderson Dandridge, Tennessee

“Being a staff member is not just an academic endeavor, but also a social one. Yearbook is one of the few groups that allow students a chance to experience everything. The job of a staff member isn’t just preserving memories—it’s about making them.” -Kate Doyle-Amburn

former staff member


Without a doubt, the most lasting memories involve watching our staff become a “family.” It’s the concept of ohana. In Hawaiian culture, ohana means “family” in an extended sense of the word. It is a dynamic where families are bound together and members cooperate and remember one another. We support our family, love our family, spend time with our family, create nicknames for our family and get the family a Betta fish named Pica. Our yearbook family has hiked in the Smokies, completed the ALS ice bucket challenge, rolled the adviser’s house at Halloween and learned to work together to reach a common goal. “A memorable yerd moment was when everyone realized each other’s strengths. After that, we came together not only as a staff but as a family.”

– Caitlin Stroud

“The majority of the staff worked together at deadlines. Before deadlines, there can be a little attitude of ‘I have MY feature and MY feature is the most important and I don’t have time for anything else but MY feature.’ As deadlines approached the ‘MY-feature’ attitude waned, and it became more about ‘OUR book.’”

– Ty Hurley “It was the moment when we misspelled the same word three times in a row or forgot what we were trying to fix. It was when our adviser became our friend and surrogate mother. It was the moment we realized we weren’t alone, and we were surrounded by family. The best moment was when we realized it wasn’t the destination; it was the journey that mattered.”

– Justice Courtney elements 4 fall 2014


Innovation is at the heart of a yearbook classroom. Like sports teams, we celebrate our victories, but our wins just happen behind a camera lens and on a page. Creating an environment that allows students to be original and innovative requires risk. Yearbook is carefully organized chaos, and it is that quality that allows my students the freedom to develop their creativity. “Our deadlines reveal all. They show our ability to handle pressure and help develop our creativity. I make sure my feature fully covers my topic, and my photos capture moments. The page I am creating will travel the world. Thousands of people will view it. This page will touch the lives of my classmates for centuries.” – Haley King “In 2009 we had a group of eager new staff members and a fearless new leader. Our yearbook was ready for a makeover. We unleashed our imaginations and tried things we had never done before.”

– Justice Courtney

“Spirit of 2009 was our first truly innovative book. We did away with tradition and put spirit back in our yearbook. The bright colors and fresh style changed the way our school looked at the yearbook.”

– Hannah Bloomfield

“Summer workshops are bonding and learning experiences that every staff member should be able to participate in. Not only were we filled to the brim with new information, but we were also motivated about our chance to create a yearbook worthy of the examples we had studied. Hopefully, our enthusiasm rubbed off on other yerds, making our classroom, staff, and yearbook more creative, efficient, and forward thinking.”

– Julie Bolling


Circumstances (illness, surgery or maternity leave) arise almost every year that take me out of the classroom. Instead of viewing these moments as adversities, I’ve learned to see them as opportunities. My editors get a chance to step up and prove themselves. I have the tendency to take the reins believing the book can’t be done without me. “Having greatness thrust upon them” as Shakespeare said, gave my kids the courage to lead and the chance to shine. “In 2009 Ms. Henderson was out sick with meningitis. Out of necessity, she left a pretty major deadline in the editors’ hands. At first, I thought it was some kind of leadership exercise she was putting us through! I don’t think I had ever been more stressed in my life. I remember staying in the yearbook room long after everyone else on the staff had gone home; I also remember how we came together. We tried to think as she would, edit as she would and submit it all on time, which we did.”

– Ty Hurley

“Last year Ms. Henderson had emergency surgery during our third deadline. This left us to complete the deadline on our own. It was a hard task coming up with creative ideas and keeping each other sane. Luckily, we yerds had an opportunity to step up and take on the responsibility. Being a leader and a team player was honestly one of the best lessons Ms. H ever taught me.” – Morgan Ridenour


Some of our moments started out as horror stories. Just like everyone, we’ve had technology issues: computers and whole circuits that crashed, StudioWorks shutdowns and even a computer that smoked and sparked. During the past seven years, we’ve relocated the classroom four times, two of those were in the middle of a deadline. We found adversity refined character, built a team and encouraged leadership. “Hands down what makes a yerd a yerd is easy to observe. It’s when we spend our entire Xmas vacation braving the snow and ice in order to proof and edit features. We make sure deadlines are met. We don’t want to let our classmates down because we were unwilling to make the effort.”

– Katie Bloomfield

“One week we were working on a deadline, and the next thing we know we have to pack up everything and move out into a portable classroom. Throughout the year, we dealt with things we’d never handled before. The Patriot Academy, our new freshmen campus, created a huge problem. In order to take pictures of the freshmen, the staff had to find a way to get there. Sometimes photos or deliveries that we needed at the main campus were sent to the freshmen campus and vice versa. Overall, we survived and put together an amazing book.”

– Aaron Stidham

1 Distribution Day

Gracie Linsley (2013 co-editor), Nola Henderson (adviser) & Jennifer Bible (co-editor)

2 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

2015 yearbook adviser & staff

3 Party Party

2012 yearbook staff celebrate ugly Christmas sweaters & the completion of half the yearbook.

4 Summer Workshop

Dallas Synder, Ryan McDaniel and Grayson Hester demonstrate serif, sans serif and decorative fonts.

5 Football Landing Field

Two Medal of Honor recipients spoke to the Jefferson County’s student body for Veteran’s Day, and one honoree flew to the campus in a Blackhawk. Aaron Stidham (2015 section editor) & Nola Henserson (adviser) got to shake both men’s hands and requested a photo op on the landing field with the helicopter.

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think coverage possibilities Your ladder includes homecoming, the fall play, football, newspaper, English classes. (Pssst! So did last year’s ladder.) Are you doing the same book with a different cover? No!

Every year is different and every book offers a unique perspective on the year’s classes, activities, sports and events. Hopefully, the plays are different, the sport seasons have different outcomes, the classes feature different activities, etc. Expand on the ladder’s simple labels by adding an angle to each area of coverage. At times, the differences will be obvious before an event even occurs. For example, maybe the tennis team doubled in size. Other coverage will unfold in the moment. If the regional soccer title was decided by a double OT, penalty kick shoot-out, win or lose, there’s an angle in that moment. Capturing special moments in classrooms involves talking to teachers, department heads and students. Keep up with the classroom moments by assigning a beat to staff members. Each spread will feature a primary story with an angle that is reinforced by the

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dominant image and further supported in the primary and secondary headlines. There are many stories to tell. That’s why secondary coverage packages add another dimension to coverage.

Think in Threes:

one – field commander some – the drum line all – contest performance before – team dinners during – game highlights after – bus rides home leaders – president, captain, etc. support – officers, committee chairs general membership

Decide on the dominant angle, then plan secondary stories to expand coverage. Because your theme is based on the moments that make up your 2014-15 school experience, spin-offs of the theme phrase or concept are a perfect way to identify secondary coverage.

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could you repeat that? Dressed to the theme, sophomore Denver Fesmire attempts to finish the lyrics to 70s songs during a game at the Homecoming Disco Pep Rally. Fesmire made it to the final round, but lost to senior Thomas Holdsworth. "I have to admit, there were some nerves running through me, but once I started singing, they all just floated away," Fesmire said. Photo by Timothy Davis.

pep rallies fire up students to support upcoming games

favorite pep rally: My favorite was Homecoming because most of the student body and parents go, so it's fun performing for everyone.

what did you most look forward to? I looked forward to performing, because we practiced really hard and put in so many hours.

name: Cameron Crawford grade: 11 Football Player

favorite pep rally: I loved the Disco Pep Rally because of the seniors' dance. I think Kacy Clemens and Woody Hillyer really stole the show.

what did you most look forward to? Sometimes, I liked to jog out of the sign, but most of the time we let the sophomores take care of that.

name: Allyson Poujol grade: 12 Cheerleader

favorite pep rally: My favorite pep rally was the Homecoming Pep Rally because it was the one we put the most time into and was the most challenging.

what did you most look forward to? I looked forward to always hitting our performances and seeing the reaction of the crowd.

shake your pom poms Pom poms in hand, sophomore Aubrey Wood dances for the student body at the Islander Pep Rally. The Markettes practiced up to ten hours each week in order to perform at each pep rally. "The most exciting part is performing in front of everyone," Wood said. "I usually get nervous before every performance, but it's still really exciting and fun." Photo by Timothy Davis.

little drummer boys and girl Drumming to their own beat, the drumline plays at the Nerd Pep Rally for the student body. The drumline performed at several pep rallies as well as games. "I love getting to play songs and cadences that pump everyone up," sophomore Morgan Strickland said. "The hardest part about performing is getting everything perfect so it sounds great, but we also try to have fun." Photo by Dahye Ok.


name: Carlie Sorrells grade: 10 Markette

Johnny Hurley, 10, Dillon Hurley, 12, Maggie Pipkin, 12, Lizzie Russo, 12

cheerleaders host variety of events

The Frat Pep Rally was one of the most popular pep rallies of the year, because the myriad of events captured the enthusiasm of the many students who dressed to the theme. Brothers sophomore Johnny Hurley and senior Dillon Hurley starred in a game similar to musical chairs where they fought for Oreos from the varsity cheerleaders. The pep rally also included an annual tradition: the sophomore varsity football players' performance with the cheerleaders. "The dance wasn't hard to learn," sophomore Morgan Whatley said. "The hard part was performing in front of the whole school." Photos by Timothy Katherine Cokinos, 12, Morgan Whatley, 10, Allyson Poujol, 12 Davis and Erin Kreindler.



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moves perfected, senior Woody Hillyer performs the annual third year lettermen dance at the Homecoming Pep Rally. The seniors choreographed the dance with the help of several varsity cheerleaders. "Watching the dance as a sophomore was really fun," Hillyer said. "I always knew I would be excited to do it." Photo by Erin Kreindler.

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Feeling on top of the world, senior Mitchell Burck parades through the Disco Pep Rally on seniors Brian Womac and Travis Gregory's shoulders. Burck also acted as one of the Bleacher Bums during pep rallies and games to cheer on the team. "I really enjoyed pep rallies because I felt like king of the pep senior Henry Vaughan," Burck said. Photo by Timothy Davis.


Ashley Kight, 11

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What were your favorite things about pep rally days?

"I really enjoyed having shorter classes because it makes the day go by faster." "I loved the music playing in the halls because it put me in a good mood." "I loved picking out my outfits."

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bring the beat in // Jamming to “Gotta Have It” by Kanye West, freshman Elias Baker participates in a new pep rally game called “Cowboy Karaoke.” Students had to blindly sing a song playing in their headphones that the rest of the student body couldn’t hear. “I picked that song because it pumps me up,” Baker said. “I knew I could perform it well in front of the school.” // Photo by Rome Herrera.

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milk’s favorite cookie // Tackling senior Kate Hickey to the floor, junior Philip Madden fights for a spot in the final two of the traditional oreo game. In a spin-off of musical chairs, chosen boys stole an Oreo from a varsity cheerleader’s mouth when the music stopped. “I was just really in my element,” Hickey said. “I got pushed down, but I got back up.” // Photo by Luke Sneed.

hands up // With pumped fists, varsity football players cheer after the player of the week rhyme that recognized junior kicker Trey McCausey. The short poems highlighted different players’ hard work and motivated the boys. “McCausey was the heart of our team,” senior Jake Derrick said. “He put us on his back and took the competition down every game.” // Photo by Dahye Ok.

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what was your favorite pep rally moment? Marlee Tarwater/12, Blake Magee/10

war on the floor

Case Scott/10, Lauren Bigelow/12

Cammie Haest/9, Connor Hodam/12

stratford rivalry energizes crowd

The first week of school ended with a bang during the War on Stratford pep rally. Insane hairdos revealed dedication among football players, while students dressed in camo and war paint to show their support. “The war pep rally really pumped me up, which was good because we were the game of the week on KPRC,” sophomore Blake Magee said. Photos by Dahye Ok.

Trace Saha/9, Hayward Hildreth/12

egg it on // Attempting to win the egg smash for their grade, juniors Sarah Gregory and Matthew Jordan grab an egg off the head of freshman Paul Britain, carrying freshman Madison Killion. To win the game, the team had to be the last one standing with their egg uncracked. “I was so nervous to be in front of the student body,” Killion said, “but I really wanted to win.” // Photo by Dahye Ok.

it’s getting hot in here // Swinging their hips, seniors Khari Dotson, Jake Derrick and Matt Collins perform the annual third year letterman dance in their skintight neon outfits. The eight boys learned the dance from the varsity cheerleaders over the course of two weeks. “I was the best one out there,” Dotson said. “When the lights came on, I was in the zone.” // Photo by Luke Sneed.

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I really liked the dance that the three year lettermen seniors performed at the neon pep rally. It was entertaining, and it makes me laugh every year.

it’s all about memorial “My favorite part of pep rallies was seeing the kids that courageously jumped out and expressed their crazy dancing passions.” Holt Madden/12

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The 2013 spread focused on fun, over-thetop activities. The images are of individuals and groups who fired up the crowd: Mustang Max, the Markettes, the drumline, varsity cheerleaders and lettermen. Copy supports the spirit generators’ efforts by having students weigh in on their favorite assemblies.


students share favorite pep rallies and traditions


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real men wear pink Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness, Mustang Max, AKA senior Josh Baird, rocks out during the Pink Out Pep Rally. Faculty and staff helped raise money throughout the week to support the cause. "I wanted to put out all my energy, because I knew this wasn't an ordinary pep rally," Baird said. Photo by Timothy Davis.

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name: Jack Nance grade: 9 Fan

what did you most look favorite pep rally: forward to? I really liked the night Neon Pep Rally because I liked to yell as loud as of all the bright colors I could over my friends and flashing lights. to be obnoxious, and I always stood up during the freshman battle cry.



put some pep in your step McCall Montz, reporter


The focus shifts in 2014 from the spirit groups to the students in the stands. Class competitions, like egg tosses, pit freshmen against juniors. The oreo game, which is an adaptation of musical chairs, presents the spread’s message: Pep rallies are fun & games for everyone. Students share their “favorite pep rallies and traditions” in an alternative copy format. elements 7 fall 2014

a fathers love never ends

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What happened on BLACK FRIDAY?

War Veteran’s father honors his son

A father’s love for his son is irreplaceable. Shawn Marceau, a veteran who lost his son in combat, shared the aftermath of what it felt like to lose his son Joe. His message, no matter how hard it was and still is for Marceau, was that serving in war is always worth it.

“I love you more than anything, Daddy,” was the conclusion of a letter, senior, Meghan Hills received from her dad when she was younger. She read it to the school as she held back her tears. Even though it happened so long ago, it brought back all of her emotions.

“I love you, kid,” were the last words Marceau said to Joe at the airport before his son departed for another mission. He wanted to ensure Joe would know how much he cared, and that he was in his heart when he gave him a keepsake. “Keep this on you,” Marceau told his son, as he handed him a coin. I love you was what the coin represented.

On Connor Baer’s 13th birthday, he received a letter from his dad who was in combat. His father wrote, “Never forget that I love you.” He shared his letter following Hills, and could not help but having a shake in his voice trying to hold back the emotion the letter brought.

Marceau and his wife still have yellow ribbons hanging in their house, military signs for coming home. “Joe is my best friend,” Marceau stumbled from emotion. But he came back to the question he started with and asked “Is it worth it? Yes, for America, yes.”

The 2013 Veteran’s Day spread from the Glacier Peak yearbook offers a poignant look at a special day. Speakers related stories of loss and love. The band and choir also contributed to the assembly.

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“We drove two hours to go to this mall in Oregon, but the only thing we ended up buying was a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon.” MarleeRothschild Rothschild 12

The audience respected each speaker. The students listened to the band playing, the choir singing, and the speakers talking. The student body had respect.

“I got into an argument with this guy in line because he tried to cut in front of TreyGreen, 9 me.” Trey

“We went to Best Buy Wednesday afternoon. I was second in line and waited 30 hours and when we finally got in I got three 40” tv’s and a iPhone charger for 20% off the total price.” DannyCortes, 11 Danny

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Shawn Marceau displays a picture of his deceased solider and son Joe. While he gave his speech, he teared up when he spoke of the lucky coin he gave Joe that was returned to him after his death.

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turkey bash

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“I was in the parking lot at Walmart and someone got run over right in front of me.” BlakeFormen 11

Students Shalynn Caldwell and Sam Hryciuk gather gather at Gold Creek church for a Turkey Bash. It was a time for the teens to eat and socialize in celebration of Thanksgiving. Senior Kim Trask fills her plate with only ceasar salad and bread being the picky eater that she is. “There was a beautiful turkey dinner there with everything you could ever imagine and Kim chose to eat only salad and bread.” Jaylen Henderickson said.

photo by NickCasten

As the speaker of the Veterans Day assembly, Mr . Mitchell speaks about family he has in the military and how it is important to honor them on this special day.

“I got to Best Buy Wednesday night and waited in line for about 24 hours. My parents brought me Thanksgiving dinner in line.” NeilDruliner, 11 Neil

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Junior Callie Bircher cries while she gives Shawn Marceau a hug after the assembly, thanking him for coming and sharing his story with everyone.

The serious tone of the Veteran’s Day assembly is contrasted by two other November activities, Black Friday and Thanksgiving.

“There was a secret shopper in Walmart, and he caught two guys stealing and they were escorted out.” BrittneyKeller, 11


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The 2014 Veteran’s Day spread presents an entirely different perspective. Having served his country in Operation Desert Storm, the veteran emphasized that “he was just a person.” Other coverage focuses on student involvement: an Adopt-a-Soldier service project, a MCJROTC salute to soldiers and musical tributes.


Real experiments sparked an interest in learning Trying to get her students attention, Science Teacher not what I really expected to happen, and it kind of Rachel Busch calls out “Red Robin”, and her students shocked me.” In one Chemistry classroom students were challenged reply “Yum”. Busch was giving information that would help them complete their experiment. Experimentation to use science to figure out how one of Science Teacher in the classroom allows students to make discoveries Charley Keifenheim’s demonstrations worked. and learn through a hands on experience. “He [Keifenheim] has two tigers that can swim in a For Freshman Maxwell Walker, the Rocket project pop bottle. He can make them swim to the bottom, or was a fun way to experiment with some of the concepts swim to the top, or stop in the middle of the pop bottle. Normally, it wouldn’t make sense, some of Physical Science 9. As Brad Albrecht stood atany the pedestal, “War isbut unreal, there’s and we would certainly hope his mouth quivered with the anticipation of that it never happens again,” Albrecht said. words, slowly forming from sca� eredsaid piles Such brief words at first seemed too li�le behind it,” Sophomore Megan “We tried to design a rocket that would fly the farthest science explanation into complete sentences. The so� spotlight to encompass all that Albrecht had to say. bounced reflectively off of his brilliant, copper However, it was what Albrecht didn’t say, that how it inworks because it sacred would in the class, and Ms. Busch gave us the freedom to Parks. “I wanthair. to As heknow held back tears, he paused the was truly impactful. Any explicit, details vast silence. revealed of his wartime experiences, were too a person “I went in for one thing,people and got something heinous to share. them try to cool to show other and have design our rockets the way we wanted as long as“itI’mbe completely different,” Albrecht said. As part of Speaking at the Veteran’s day assembly on notfigure justitaout.” theAlbrecht elite program for Operation Desert Storm, October 7th 2013, Brad Albrecht never wanted would fit on the launch pad,” said Walker. trained in the deserts of New Mexico, to be seen as someone greater than others. to be stationed in Saudi Arabia and Iraq for His humble demeanor and so� words told the Sometimes curiosity got the best of students, butveteran While students are still learning when over six months. true story of experimenting, veterans. Albrecht is just a person, “The last thing I want on Veteran’s day is to nothing supernatural or magnificent. However, here speaking, I’m just a person,” he said.control. what is extraordinary, is what he did to serve freedom and other times it was the unexpected results that amazed they are also beAsgiven the students leaned in, absorbed in the his country, as a person; just a person. As just a of the quiet, to hear what happened person, Brad Albrecht was willing to experience “I think it issolemnity you doing itallmore students during experiments. in those past unspoken years as children do, than unspeakablethe events experiment for his country. As just a a simple statement was given. Brad Albrecht is a true veteran. “We put some milk in a petri dish, then we put four itself. I’ve hadonlyteachers who would person, do experiments and by PaulBeck drops of food coloring on the outside edge of the petri show us, but I never liked it because all we did was dish, and then we took a drop of soap and put it in the watch and take notes. It was boring,” said Freshman middle,” said Junior Megan Veeder. “The colors started Kayla Lehtola. -Heidi Haechrel & Rebecca Kohnen forming circles in the dish, and it was really cool. That’s

Just like everyone else

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Mr. Parker and Coach Ro read through several le�ers wri�en by soldiers overseas. With the help of the student body, the Adopt A Soldier program sent over 80 packages to troops during the holidays.

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Mr. Jordan holds senior Savannah Wilson as she sings with the choir in the veterans day assembly. MCJROTC stand in respect for our veterans and wait until the speakers are finished. Mr. Mitchell speaks for the fourth year about the brave veterans that fight for our country for four years. Each year he has something new to say. Juniors Olivia Hassebrock and Dallin Kent dedicated their cover of “My Father’s Father” by the Civil Wars for everyone in a�endance.

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10.25.13 Introduction “I thought I was going to fail, and my rocket would not go far. It seems hard, but it actually turned out pretty easy.” -Freshman Tyler Johnson-Spermbaur

“I was trying to make it look all pretty and stuff. I just wanted to make it look cool, but it turned out nothing like I wanted it to.”-Freshman Reniel Christianson

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10.28.13 Rocket Construction

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MILES WITH MILES / Miles Cameron plays his alto sax to the tune of the ballad throughout the course of a halftime show.“In this picture, we had just started the second part of the show, called the ballad. This is a slow section of the song that kind of sounds sad,”Clay Harrison said. In the band, each of us has a special spot in the drill, which is basically the road map for the halftime show. Mine personally was A5, which corresponds to the instrument I play, which is the alto saxophone. Through the course of the show, everyone follows their own unique path to make different formations on the field. Since there are a lot of people on the field when we perform, it’s more of a team effort, and nobody really feels nervous.”

Photo by Brenna Adams


Students test the effects of liquid nitrogen during Chemistry class. A banana and a racket ball were among the several objects used in the experiment. “My favorite part was throwing the racket ball against the wall because it shattered,” said Junior David Glen. Photo by Danielle Odeen

TOOT YOUR HORN Winning award has differing effects on musicians with values Share the story behind the award that the team won. “We worked for about a month to try and win the money award. The competition was actually on Facebook. Each of us had all our friends and family members go and vote for the RHS band every 24 hours,” Ania Cavillo-Mason said. “The competition was through Dolan Automotive and we were all so happy and excited to receive it. We were one of the top 20 competitors with the most votes. We received $2,500, and it was an amazing contribution because our band needed the help so desperately in order to buy a new sound system. Our band will definitely improve as a group from winning this prize.” How did it make you feel as a team to accomplish this, and what did this experience teach you? “We all worked hard so that we could feel glory and the award of being better.” Ryan Mellison said. “The award was proof of all of our hard work. We all earned and deserved it,

“Throwing is really fun, but my first54time went really bad. My last time I made a really great pot but the bottom was too thin, so the whole thing fell apart.”

Brian Paquette,trumpet player,solos in the halftime show at the North Valleys football game game. Photo by Lew Berns

and the feeling of this achievement has made us all taste that glory, so we will work hard for it again.” “Winning the Dolan money was so good for the band. We desperately needed the money, and it came at the perfect time,” Hannah Kelly said.“We used it to purchase a new sound system for our front ensemble. We worked so hard to get the money and had friends and family vote, and we felt like our work paid off. It proved to us all that when we work hard as a team, good things will come of it.” Are you up for the challenge, as a team, to enter other competitions next year? What will you do to prepare ahead of time to ensure that you will win them? “As a band we have improved a lot this year, and continue to get better each year,” Megan Briggs said. “We have made more practice times,and longer practices as well as class time where we can continue rehearsal. So,

FAUTLESS FORMATIONS / Ania Cavillo-Mason, Ryan Mellison, Megan Holtorf and Taylor Brown play the flute during a ballad at halftime show. “I love getting up in front of the crowd and getting everyone pumped up for the game,” Holtorf said. “The formations we do on the field take work, but in the end they end up looking really cool.”


by next year we will definitely be prepared.” “I as a band member believe that if we work really hard during this summer’s rehearsal,and are successful, that we should enter more competitions,”Leanne Kent said. “This year we took a really big step towards getting a lot better, and if we keep the momentum we have we can get to high places. When rehearsing we just need to stay focused on the task at hand, and don’t give up. As long as everyone in the band is willing to give their all, and take the time to work hard we can win. This year we came close to winning our division,and for us, that is huge. It means that next year we know we can win.” “When the whole band found out we won this award, I felt proud because the award would help us progress as a band,” Sheila Ignacio said.“I think the Dolan award made us much stronger as a band. It’s made me realize that I have to work hard for what I want. If you’re motivated enough, you can get a lot in life.”



1C CHEERY TEARS / “On Senior night, I wasn’t really



sure how to feel, I just promised myself I wouldn’t cry. It makes senior year a little bit more real,” Kristie Petersen (pictured with Steve and Stephanie Petersen) said.“Being in the music program at Reno High has definitely changed how I view everything in my life. It has helped me grow up, and I’m excited to see where the program goes after I graduate.” Photo by Victoria Boldi 2 PARTING REMARKS / “On Senior Night, I felt proud going down the field as I realized that game would be my last,”Liam Quinby (pictured with Tim Wood) said.” The advice I would give to others is work hard, play hard,know when to be serious, and when to loosen up and have fun. All of these things will help you get farther as you do more years of marching band.” Photo by Victoria Boldi 3 MARCH ‘N SWAG / “Walking on the field was almost surreal, because after four years of hard work it was a great feeling,” Keith Gregory (pictured with Mark and Mary Gregory) said. My favorite memory from marching band was the tradition started before walking off the bus. As we were walking off, the drum line would stop and we would all turn our swag on.” Photo by Victoria Boldi




led to more work than expected

photo by Katarina Clark

getting into character

photo by Shanna Lapiana

“It was a lot of deep breaths. I was always nervous before we performed. The music helped set the mood too,” Kerstin Hazelbaker (11) said.

Making ice cream turned a good day in chemistry into a great day for Junior Jordan Sigurdson and Sophomore the final judgingstudents Emma Maxson. Theatlab taught first place A Division Awarded Best Percussion @ Gilroy classic while about the chemistry of solutions Gilroy, CA giving them a tasty treat. “It was exciting that we got to eat one of the experiments for once,” said Sigurdson. Photos By Leah Mussell photo by Shanna Lapiana

“Be in it to win it.. You have to be focused to win,” Shawn Wang (10) said.

photo by Selina Verdin

gone in 435 seconds

Field shows take just 8 minutes to perform-how does it feel?

photos by Teara Caldwell

Carrie Price (12) “The puppet show will go down as the greatest show I have done in high school. My favorite part was the strings. I will always remember and never forget my friend Sydney getting on the scaffolding and I said “Don’t fall.” and she fell off laughing.”

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in short: the best part

83.4% competitions

The 2013 marching band spread at Reno High School tells the story of a unified effort to win a competition on Facebook. Their teamwork resulted in a $2500 prize to help pay for a new sound system. The dominate photo captures the teamwork required on the field. The clever COB photo and headline package trumpets the primary message. Another fund-raising effort is highlighted in a secondary coverage module about a band rummage sale.


The band pushed the envelope in 2014 with an unusual halftime performance, a puppet show. Although it was a difficult show, because of hours of practice, it was a great success. The band, as well as the color guard and percussion, placed in state and regional competitions.


games “My favorite part of band is when we go out and perform. The most memorable thing is the time the band spends together,” Vanessa Higareda (9) said. photo by Teara Caldwell

“After performance I usually feel excited. Everything becomes muscle memory and everything just happens,” Jared Kerr (9) said.

“I felt accomplished, all I could think about was the successfulness of the band,” Avery Hazelbaker (9) said.

Awarded Best Awarded Best Color Guard Music Effect

Clay Harrison (11) “My favorite part about marching band is all the friendships that I have developed. Someone brought Jedi robes to practice this season. That made it more lighthearted since we put them on the really short kids so they looked like Yoda.”

photo by Katarina Clark

“Before a competition, I would do a run through of all my parts and think about how I would look while playing,” Gabe Giannini (10) said. photo by Katarina Clark

“I got prepared by watching a lot of Pinnocchio. I used my imagination and pretended I was a puppet,” Colton Comba (9) said.


pulling strings

Photos by Parker Playful concept Morehouse

Carolina Higareda (12) Alex Contreras (12) Katie Fisher (12) Freshmen Jonah Schmitz and “The show this year was “This year was “I have made really good far my favorite. Being amazing, we had friends and worked hard Katherine Swartzer used bya two two-liter puppet master was great music, a great in the art of Color Guard. a really fun role. There show and great Our work paid off this bottles instead of one, and tookthoseadaysrisk are definitely young people. My year, and for the first when it’s tough, but it last performance as time we took first place in building their rocket. When the test really is a great group a Huskie rocked. in guard with our show. to be a part of. There My favorite memory I really liked getting into launch day came they had to watch is down time. I like is going to Gilroy character as the master coming up with hair and California because we of the band puppets.” as their rocket literally burst under the make-up ideas for our won five trophies.” performance.” pressure. “We thought the idea would be awesome and it would pay off, but it really didn’t and our rocket failed. We practice makes perfect were sad, but it was fun,” said Schmitz. Summer band: early morning, after school, all-day It was an unexpected result to thestudents start their day at 7 a.m., The Band in extra work in their 0 period class experiment, and they were not putting really to master the performance. “0 period was very helpful experience,” Leonardo Burke sure how to react. “I was thinkinga that’s (9) said. They have put in over 10 hours a not really funny, but I am going to week laugh from the beginning of summer to the of the school year. “All the hard work anyway,” Swartzer said. Photosend by paid off,” Julien Powell (10) said.“It was Patrick Macnab worth it to go to after school and sectional.”


A LITTLE HELP While working at the Rummage Sale, Kenneth Broadhead toted boxes of books to the tables. “The Rummage Sale helps the band earn money, and all the donations were from our family friends,” Broadhead said.

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Photos by McKenna Reilly

I like twirling the flag more than the rifle, because I feel like it is a lot easier to dance with,” Carolina Higareda-Sandoval said. “I love rifle as well, but spinning a flag gives me a sense of freedom. I think the time we spent together during practice makes us closer. About a week before school started this year, we had to spend five days in the sun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to practice, and I’ve made some really good friends. Color guard is like my second family.” Photo by Brenna Adams

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Katherine Fisher helps out by sorting purses at the sale. “The rummage sale is the band’s main fund raiser for the marching season. The color guard and I came early to help set up and organize the rummage sale, then we helped people find their way around and told them the prices on items.” Fisher said.

Coach Lindsey Niedzielski sorts T-shirts at the rummage sale. “The Rummage Sale allows the band to pay for expenses like equipment and traveling for competitions. It’s a really important part of the band’s overall success. The items are donated by parents and supporters of the RHS band and because we have so much stuff, it often takes a ton of people to sort it. I love helping the band out whenever I can. If I can help give that experience to other students, I definitely will.” Niedzielki said.


“My worst experiment was when I tried to make a deer head with antlers. It didn’t turn out.”


It may be about musical notes in the band room, but it’s about bank notes in the parking lot.

Photo by Brenna Adams

“You start with an idea and you think you know what you want, but then you mess up and it changes into something you weren’t expecting.”

performing as the puppet masters desire

1 Once finished performing, Josh Tillery (11)marches off the field, cheering.“We spread our wings and flew,” Tillery said. 2 “My favorite part was the work that paid off,” Bryan Roe (9) said. 3 The band came together as one for the season. “I enjoy working hard and seeing the results at the end of the season,” Sharon Parra (10) said. 4 After the introductory song, the puppets are finally free, breaking away from their master. “The show was fun. I loved it,” Hazzieleh Castaneda (9) said. photos by Shanna Lapiana Marching band in 6 words: “It is a majestic musical experience.” -Aramis Anastassatos (10) “Energetic, difficult, athletic, fun, exciting, theatrical.” -Ashlee Dreher (10) “Tons of friends, learned about responsibility.” -Mathew Boog (10)

BEAT KEEPER /Clay Harrison, keeps the beat, while he plays the vibraphone in the pit. We help to keep the beat along with the marching percussion,and we handle the melody as well. I used to get nervous during the games,but now it comes naturally.” Clay Harrison said. “The ballad is the slow part of the show. It's usually down tempo and in a minor key. It's usually my favorite part of the show because it starts out quiet but builds to a dramatic climax.”Photo by Devra Vandenberghe

first place AA Division @ Battle of the Bands, Spanish springs

“It was the best show that I’ve ever seen. We definitely mastered it. “ Sheri Ignacio (12) said.

Awarded Best Music

first place AA Division @ Damonte Ranch Invitational

“This year’s show was amazing, sadly I dropped my rifle when I tried catching it with my injured hand,” Selina Verdin (12) said. photos by Shanna Lapiana

Awarded Best Color Guard

Awarded Best Music

10.30.13 Test Launch

10.31.13 Final Launch

“It was better than we thought it was going to do. It ended up getting a hole in it, so we had to fix that.” -Freshman Hailey Sorenson

“We kind of failed because our stuff was getting damaged from all our flights.” -Freshman Ashlyn Otto

second place AA Division Champs @Sierra Band Crusade

“Summer band camp was the first time we came together as a band to start our journey,” Leanne Kent (10) said.

“Practicing after school is intense, but it is how we keep our reputation as a good marching band,” Domenick Tamietti (11) said.

“My favorite practice was the first night, it was cold. Everyone could barely move and we couldn’t stop laughing,” Bella Sloane (9) said.

Awarded Best Percussion




We competed our hearts out and actually

won,” Courtney Rayppy (12) said. photo by Brenna Adams

sports: marching band spread by Gabriela Verdin


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Make in the • Erin Coggins

Sparkman High School Harvest, Alabama

I love to travel and meet new people. When they ask what I do for a living, I proudly respond that I teach high school journalism and advise the school’s yearbook. The conversation that follows goes like this: “Journalism, huh? You mean yearbooks still exist?” “Of course, they still exist.” “I thought technology like Facebook and Twitter and the internet would have killed those things by now.” “Not if you know how to use social media to your advantage.” I’m always smiling after this zinger. That’s what we do in the Sparkman High School newsroom. We use technology to our advantage. Instead of fighting it, we embrace it. After all, if social media really killed all things print, it would be the end of most yearbooks. It hasn’t hurt ours. Where else can you find free publicity, idea building, quote generators, and instant surveys? The Senator staff has not perfected the use of social media in our classroom, but we utilize it to help create a yearbook that serves the needs of our 1,800 students.

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PINTEREST Every staff member is required to have a Pinterest page. During the first three weeks of school, students are required to pin at least 10 design ideas per week. We then host a Pinterest party where we sit back, eat snacks, and peruse the Pinterest boards. Each staffer is given a rating sheet where they rate the design ideas according to how well they fit our theme. We come away with wonderful design ideas that help us think outside of our comfort zones.

TWITTER Twitter is the perfect tool to advertise yearbook sales. It is also the perfect tool to teach how to write concisely because a tweet is limited to 140 characters. I give students a current events topic and they must Tweet their opinions on the topic. Because their responses must be short, students learn how to write logically, clearly and succinctly.

INSTAGRAM Yearbook staffs love to take photographs, right? With this being said, Instagram is a no-brainer. We have used Instagram to take photos of our staff at work and then uploaded them to Instagram so the student body can see the making of their book throughout the process. We have also taken Instagram photos of students who are in the book and tag them with phrases such as “guess who is on page 42?” I also like to assign random photo scavenger hunts. Students have 24 hours to take the photographs and upload them to Instagram. The first one to complete the photo challenge, using proper photo techniques, wears the Photo Queen/ King button for the week. I also use the Instagram photos to do caption writing exercises.

VINE Like Twitter, Vine has 140-character and 15-second limits. We view this as just enough time to tease the yearbook—the funnier, the better. Vine can also be used as a newsgathering scavenger hunt. Arm students with a phone with the Vine APP; send them around the school looking for areas that have good story ideas. When they find the areas, they do a short recording of why they have chosen the spot along with the story idea. We watch these in class and use them to plan our yearbook ladder.

FACEBOOK Like Twitter, Facebook is a great publicity tool. We have successfully used it to promote school activities, seek out feature story ideas, promote yearbook sales and deadlines, and yes, even gathered responses to alternative copy Q & As. Facebook is also used as a gathering spot for our staff. Items like “bring cookies for Fun Friday” or “need that photo pronto” are posted on our site. This supports camaraderie amongst the staff.

The SELFIE I admit I love a good selfie. Instead of requiring students to have a paper signed by every speaker at conventions, I simply request that they take a selfie during or after the session. The selfies are uploaded to our staff page. The day following the conference, we look at the selfies and have each staff member comment on what they learned in the session corresponding to the selfie photo. It’s a great and fun way to review the conference.

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Erin Chambers Missouri Military Academy Mexico, Missouri

While standing on a subway platform, a man loses his balance and falls onto the tracks. A subway train is heading straight for him. Do you help him up? Do you take a photograph? Should you print the photo? Does it belong on the front page? What is your duty as a photojournalist and a human being? I try to shock my easily-distracted group of boys with real-world examples. In our ethics unit, students are engaged in discussions using the Socratic Method. We study Elian Gonzalez & Kim Phuc, people whose lives were changed by a single image. Truth is more fascinating than fiction.

Nancy Ravenstar Rudder High School Bryan, Texas

This is an interesting question; I will give it as bell work to my kids tomorrow. As for me, I fail to see a problem here. At their fingertips, their world is observable and experiential, albeit miniaturized and two-dimensional. The things I enjoyed, as a hippy back in high school, were bigger than life but narrow in breadth. Yeah, I once knew how a rose smelled, but breeders, in their effort to make roses more visually spectacular, assassinated their fragrance. Perhaps, one day, there will be an app that creates the visual effect without sacrificing the smell. Everything has its trade-offs. Until then, having the world safely in their palms is a good thing for kids. elements 12 fall 2014

Yoe High School Cameron, Texas I encourage my students to find art in everyday life. An important aspect of art is found in their daily routines. Simple things are artistic. The triple color foam at the car wash always entices me with its abstract, swirling coloration. I encourage my students to pay attention to these simple things. They can learn to be visual, aware of the various forms of art that surround them. Students must be out, seeing the world, to pick up on these experiences. “Outside of the box,” sometimes means outside of the device and outside of students’ comfort zones.

Fr. Anthony Bigney Cistercian Prep School Irving, Texas

On the way home from a yearbook workshop this past July, my students and I stopped for pizza. After being seated at a large table at the back of the restaurant, each one pulled out his phone and placed it in a growing stack of iPhones in the middle of the table. They said they wanted to have “real conversations” with each other, avoiding the distractions of text messages, Facebook updates and the like. I applauded their idea and enjoyed the conversation we had together. What role did I play in causing it? At best, I model the behavior I want to see from them. I’m rarely on my iPad or smartphone in front of them. In reality, however, I think I just have great students!

Kim Creel

Allen HS/Lowery Freshman Center Allen, Texas Classroom activities trump the thrill of a cell phone. Which is more engaging: creating something on a massive Mac or playing on a little phone? I take advantage of students’ personal technology by incorporating it into my lesson plans. I explain database theory by comparing it to a cell phone’s contact list. By using live audience participation, sites like Poll Everywhere ( engage the class in real time. (Tip: attain parent permission before asking teenagers to text in class.) If a cell phone is more entertaining than me, I schedule a parent/ student/teacher conference and/or send the phone to the office.

Sydney Seat

Wilson Central High School Lebanon, Tennessee Our students are accustomed to instant gratification. Technology places the world at their fingertips, but it can be a blessing and a curse in the classroom. One way I try to draw my students into the tangible world around them is by creating a context for the topics, so they can relate and respond to them. If kids don’t feel personally invested in something, it’s harder for them to participate. If it’s not current, it’s lost to them. Also, faceto-face interaction, along with humor, goes a long way with a teenager if they feel I’m truly interested in what they’re doing. I’m sarcastic and loud throughout class, but I always RESPOND to my kids. Letting them know I’m listening and invested in them motivates them to participate in our real-life classroom discussions and hands-on production work.

Sheena Weldon

Franklin-Simpson High School Franklin, Kentucky I teach students to be good digital citizens in my publications classroom. Embracing technology as a way to obtain information, promote our book, get up-to-date news to our audience, etc., are ways to experience the world around them. When I teach my students responsible ways to use their devices, it engages them and saves on classroom resources. Win-win!

Carrie McJunkin Dublin Jerome High School Dublin, Ohio

I am a hands-on teacher. I do my best to get students out of their seats and out of the classroom. My goal is to have students experience what they are learning, rather than sitting and listening to lectures. Technology is important (especially to students), but honing in on their senses (touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and hearing) helps jumpstart their imaginations. To further assist in their learning, imagining things through sensory images sparks creativity. So, what happens to the electronic devices? They are left in the classroom for researching topics or utilized in designing pages.

Richard Fontanes Sydney Rouse Cibola High School Yuma, Arizona

Saint Mary’s Hall San Antonio, Texas

The line between class time & off time is clearly blurred. I encourage students to use cell phones for projects, photos and internet assignments like they would a pencil. Then I say, “Place all devices face down on the tables.” For transitions between using devices and another activity, I use an auditory prompt where I ask for eyes and ears to be focused on me. The kids give attention to teachers who have clear, mandatory boundaries.

Why would I draw my students away from their electronic devices? They exist to augment their world experience not detract from it. Yearbook can only be improved by access to technology. Social media allows personalized marketing & software proficiencies. At the end of the day, wandering through a field of daisies doesn’t help students capture unplanned moments the whole school remembers. A smartphone does!

Bev Kimmitt

St. John Paul II Catholic School Houston, Texas The best way to get the staff involved? Get them to exchange ideas by talking to one another. I know faceto-face interaction is a novel concept these days, but I arrange their tables so they look at one another and actually have conversations. Personal communication helps get their creative juices flowing! I also reward students who bring me info (a class is presenting a project, etc.). Then they vie for the chance to go take photos. Reviewing photos also fosters student involvement. Nothing connects someone more to something than seeing great photos of events, moments and emotions.

Deanna-Jane Sumner New Bern High School New Bern, North Carolina

The first unit we worked on was “Leadership.” Out of sixteen students, only three were returning staff members, so doing this at the beginning really brought the group together. They began to understand that they all play a part in producing a great yearbook. Then I keep them moving and thinking. By working with the cameras and photography or participating in class discussions, the students are involved in the lessons and activities. They become invested in the book. All my staffers are looking forward to getting things done and creating an awesome yearbook.



listen quotable quotes

"Warped Tour was amazing. I saw all the bands I wanted to see. Even though it rained, the show never stopped." – Qayne Chavez black sabbath

bohemian rhapsody

Art Linkletter may be known only to baby boomers and their parents who watched his daytime television show “House Party.” The show had a segment called “Kids Say the Dar ndest Things” where Linkletter would ask a grade-schooler a simple question like “Who was George Washington’s wife?” A child who was asked that question said, “Miss America.” Are high school students as funny as grade-schoolers? Of course they are. They say things that reflect their lives, interests, personalities and opinions.

“I can’t believe I have to waste my McDonald’s money on a book for English that I will never read.” – Carolyn Fain “I was looking for someone special to give this to, but I couldn’t find anyone. So here, you can have it.” – Elise Yun “Change that word. Find a cinnamon.” – Matt Reese “Before you graduate, you should learn your name.” – Georgette Delassus, teacher “You’re such a card. You really should be dealt with.” – John Paytosh

These quotes were on the cover of a book with the theme “Look Who’s Talking.” But you don’t need a theme to direct your collection of memorable quotes.

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the script

performance, and it was really neat because we got to hear his new song. I loved Train and how they interacted with the audience. My favorite moment at the concert was when they walked right by me. Afterwards, I bought a t-shirt and some dog tags.”

A$AP rocky Chanting with the crowd, Fatou Sakho listened to the music. “I attended the A$AP Rocky Concert at The Woodlands Pavilion,“ Sakho said. “I loved the atmosphere of the crowd. He attracted a variety of people, so it was a very diverse crowd. A bunch of people were able to unite, and everyone had a great attitude. A$AP Rocky was very interactive with the crowd. At one point, he got us to chant A$AP for a good two minutes.“

“The Pioneer staff started using “Overheard” quotes as a way to get verbal coverage for students and faculty who might not otherwise have been mentioned anywhere else in the book except for their names by their formal > portraits.

Free Press Summer Fest

Jami Eckols-Leonard, Nico Reyes, Austin Hearne, Dayton Rosenberg

With friends, Nico Reyes went to Warped Tour. “I loved the atmosphere of the concerts,” Reyes said. “I have been looking forward to seeing The Wonder Years for five years, but I never got the chance. It was so much fun to be so close to the artists.” photo courtesy of Nico Reyes

Jamming to Passion Pit, Nicole Sandler attended FPSF. “I saw a variety of artists, including Calvin Harris, Passion Pit and Bassnectar,” Sandler said. “It was so hot, some people fainted. It was scary because they were in the middle of a big crowd.” photo courtesy of Nicole Sandler

At the Bloc Party concert, Jett Pruitt sang along with the band. “The live performance sounded great,” Pruitt said. “I loved how close the fans were to the band. We were right at the edge of the stage, and we were able to experience everything very vividly.” photo courtesy of Jett Pruitt

Two rows away from middle stage, Shannon Dang admired One Direction. “I went to the Take Me Home Concert at the Toyota Center,” Dang said. “Harry Styles, my favorite member, came close to where I sat and waved and smiled back at me.” photo courtesy of Shannon Dang



With his brother and father, Aditya Prasad attended the concert. “I went to see the rock band Black Sabbath perform at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion on July 20,” Prasad said. “I loved the energy and the company of the other rock fans. Everybody was singing along with the lead singer. It felt like we were all contributing to the performance. It was exciting to see such a famous band with my brother, Siddharth, and my dad. It was an amazing experience.”

the stage, Summer Singh HL Hall, retiredNear publications adviser at watched the bands play. “This summer, I went to the 'Mermaids of Kirkwood HS Alcatraz' andtourpast president of JEA, at The Woodlands Pavilion," Singh said. "Gavin required students to listen to what was DeGraw was the opening act for the being said around them:


Do you hear something? Listen closely. Hearing lacks intention; it is passive. Listening, on the other hand, is conscious and active. If you listen, you will hear students saying the most incredible things in the halls and classrooms at your high school.

Listening to the live music, Rachel Smith sang along. "A lot of groups and singers are awful live," Smith said. "But the ones I went for were amazingly good. Warped Tour had several stages going on at once, so we were constantly walking back and forth trying to find the bands we wanted to see. The best part of the festival was when it started raining. Warped Tour was in August, so it was incredibly hot out, and the rain felt really good. At one point, my friends and I sat down in the shade. A guy was sleeping there. He woke up and was really confused because his friends were all gone and he was lying by a group of teenagers. At first it was awkward, but we all ended up singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and became friends."

They had to listen for something unusual, something unique, something surprising. >> They had to follow-up with what they heard by finding out the name and identification of the person making the quote and the context for the comment as well as the date and place the incident occurred. Justin Mayo

“I haven’t gone to a concert in years. Being crushed between thousands of sweaty people didn’t seem all that great to me.”

Felipe Hasbun

“I saw the bands Air Supply, America and Chicago in the same day."

Bloc Party

Meghan Parsons

“Taylor Swift walked down the aisle right next to me.”

Erika Vinette

“I saw Fall Out Boy the day after school ended. I died and went to heaven."

One Direction

Michael Atkins

“In Spain, I went to a concert with 5,000 people dancing on a beach.”

In other words, the quotes had to include the 5Ws and H. Since it was the policy of the Pioneer that reporters had to dig to get quotes that would play on readers’ emotions, the comments often were humorous. I thought it was a great way to add some humor to the book. Every Friday they reported on what they heard, and when and where they heard it.” Have students carry a reporter’s notebook and encourage them to write down what they heard as soon as possible.

Ashley Sanchez “My favorite memory was seeing Demi Lovato and Austin Mahone. She was perfect.”

Photo by Taylor Humphries.


It's the biggest game of the year, and it gives us a chance to show everyone all that we've worked on and what we've got. Everyone's school spirit is so awesome and really gives us motivation to perform well." Branden Valle, 12




Despite loss, tradition continues on and off the field

"Gucci Bowl is definitely one of the most exciting games of the year. For most freshmen, it's their first time on the field; so seeing their excitement definitely transpires through to the rest of the band knowing how hard we worked from the beginning of August. The summer practices are excruciating every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but having a goal to work towards really helps us push through." Ian Crawford, 12

"The rivalry between Clark and Churchill is so great; it really makes for an exciting game." Alexandra Platz, 11

"It gives us our first glimpse of how well the team is going to do this season and is one thing that Clark has that goes back generations and is something that will continue to make memories for the future forever." Ashley Aaron, 11

Gucci Bowl is one of those experiences in high school that everyone has to check off at some The Gucci point. Even though Bowl is it's in the beginning one of the most of the school year, important games it's the one thing of the season for that unites every Clark. I just try to student in one way get the crowd loud or another. There enough so that the is so much school players can hear. I spirit and support know what it's like to for our team-it's be playing at Ferris amazing." Stadium and to have Jourdin Harris, 12 the crowd cheer your name is unreal." Preston Campbell, 12

watch 1. HAPPENED

Decorate the entry The Friday prior to the start of Think Pink week, Mrs. Parker’s first period decorated the main entry. Maddy Muller (12) puts the final touches on the door just before class ends.


The coming together to create Think Pink.

“I liked it because we got to help out with JMG and skip class,” Rachael Sullivan(11) said.



Purchase a t-shirt “It was fast & extremely busy, we only had a limited amount of time to get all the shirts delivered to the right people, but overall it was pretty fun,” Jace Williams (12) said


Attend a think pink game Austin Brown (12), Jesse Seliskar (12), and Theno Berbos (11) all attended the Think Pink volleyball game. “It was fun and good to support cancer,” Seliskar said.


Donate to JMG Working the silent auction table were Haylee Miles (12), and Jessica Brewer (12). “I enjoyed going to the think pink game and donating to JMG,” Miles said.



“ 1 Bellaire High School “ “I think it’s nice to have a think pink week because it helps with cancer,” Clemens Leitner(11) said.

Benjamin Sheldahl(11)

said, “Cancer is quotes as secondary head bad and its cool that people are supportingthe fight against it.”

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and school quotesbusinesses as copy clubs donate to the silent auction. We have raised $2,677.40 for Claire,” Mrs. Parker said.

The ability to listen is also essential in the interviewing process. A study done at the University of Texas found that people remember 10 percent of what they read; 20 percent of what they hear; 30 percent of what they see; 50 percent of what they see and hear; 70 percent of what they say; and 90 percent of what they do and say.


Q: A:

Q&A secondary module(s)


Think Pink becomes personal for the students and staff when it comes to supporting one of their own.


Amira Aarbane Jaime Adame Sienna Addison

What would you like people to know about how you areElafeeling Ahonimaand Lydia Albrecht doing? Bella Albright “I feel great! It’s hard to stay at school because everyone isAldrich all sick Blake and gross!”It is easy for me to get sick with my white blood count Andreas Anastassatos being low.”

Ayden Anderson-Laking Ismael Araujo Raman Aryal Patrick August Alexis Auld Micah Awisus

have such a positive and upbeat attitude, how do you maintain Q: You it? you! I keep such a great attitude because I know that A: “Thank everything is going to work out in the end.

Kaylie Baker Jonathan Ballinger Tyler Bantum Matthew Barnard Chase Bartl Johannas Bautista Thomas Beach

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is faced with a life challenge like you have? A: I would tell them to keep your head up. Many people have gone

As staff members listen to responses, they should repeat what the interviewee says: “Let me see if I got this right. You’re saying... .” Repetition clarifies what is being said and helps the staff member remember it (the 70 percent).

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through this. We all can make it through.

The soccer teams honored those who passed away from cancer. “I was holding the balloon for my aunt who passsed from cancer,” Rosa Decker (12) said. The event took place after their September 21 game.

Roger Beck Claire Stone (12)

Kayla Becker Ashlyn Beerman Connor Belanger Emily Bennett Anya Bensing Andrew Berreyesa


quotes as linear pullouts

Riley Boyden Kennedy Brenner Allan Briggs Andrew Brooksbank Stephan Brown Leonardo Burke Gonzalez Robert Bush Lucas Cain Yarely Calzada Brandon Carlson Joshua Carlson Alexander Cartlidge Conner Case Kyle Caselli



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Tyler Beus Cody Black Sam Blackett Beverly Blackson Trevor Boldi Ciara Bosco Alexandra Boyden

Effective listening rules: – Stop talking. – Ask questions and listen to the answers. – Let the interviewee talk. – While he or she is talking, listen rather than thinking about how you would have answered or what the next question will be. – Clarify & take notes.


5 Reno High School quotes as captions

6 Reno High School quotes in folios


Aidan Castaneda Hazzieleh Castaneda Raisa Castellanos Joel Castillo Natalie Castillo Giselle Castro Vejar Jairo Cazarez-Mejorado

captured in an instant: describe your year or yourself “Smart” -Loren Parvin

“Sarcastic” -Taylor Pittman

“Generous” -Mauricio Javier Pena

“Shy” -Vanessa Higareda

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During his high school career, Justin received multiple district team awards, just like his dad did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I played back in 1981, we were ranked No. 5 in Texas, and I made All-

quotes as game-by-game highlights

3 Holy Trinity Episcopal School quotes as primary heads

5 Helena High School

quotes in people section

6 Suncoast High School quotes as sidebars

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8 Legacy High School quotes as pulled quote

9 Rock Canyon High School quotes as info module(s)

10 McKinney Boyd High School quotes as pulled quote

11 Granite Bay High School quotes as dividers

12 Shawnee Mission North HS quotes as primary heads

13 Shawnee Mission East HS quotes as linear pullouts

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quotes as Q&A copy format


class of 2015


Cassandra Pelo

Jake Pennington

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Marshall Peterson Katie Petrie CJ Piland Bentley Pippin Hamilton Platt Tyson Plovanich Moniqua Pocha

Matthew Pollard Brandon Pomajevich Ricky Popp Haley Prothero Shelby Purvis Ryan Reed Riley Reisbeck Tucker Reisbeck

Caleb Rogers Walter Rome William Rook

KICK AND RUN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I have caught and released the ball, I step in, kick and pull up as much as I can to ensure that I kick the ball as far as possible. Once I see the ball has been caught by one of my teammates, I quickly run toward the ball to finish the play.â&#x20AC;? pERFECT_tO_A_POINT.

+HUJLYZNH[OLYMVY[OLL_[YH]HNHUaHĆŹZJVSVYM\SÇ&#x2039;UHSL Though the rehearsals seemed to be chaos, all of the performers pulled it together. The Spanish Extravaganza included over 11 countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a little more ambitious, but it worked out,â&#x20AC;? Jenna Li (12) said.





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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I jumped off a cliff in Curacao into the water. We saw the cliff in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bacheloretteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and saw everyone on the show jump off so we decided to jump off the cliff too.â&#x20AC;?

JESSIE STORMES, 11 I drove a jet ski MVY[OLÇ&#x2039;YZ[[PTL when I went on vacation. It was extremely fun. The jet ski was faster than I thought it would be. It was cool because you could turn easily and pick up speed pretty fast. It was fun to go over the waves and jump a little bit.


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DROP AND FORM â&#x20AC;&#x153;After catching the ball, I lunge back and release the ball. While watching the ball carefully, I hit the correct form and make sure the ball is out an armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length away. Once the ball is down at about waist level, I am able to kick up sending the ball across the field.â&#x20AC;?

The Spanish Honor Society showcases heritage through dances, songs and a skit.



photo by s. steed

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried an In-N-Out burger for the Ç&#x2039;YZ[[PTLPU*HSPMVYUPH0[^HZHU experience of a lifetime. I tried the burger because it is a legendary burger. It was so good and the best burger I ever had.â&#x20AC;?

Jeremy Reynolds Cory Rinabarger Skylar Rispens Montana Roberts Eleanor Robinson Hayli Robinson Lane Robinson Athena Rodriguez



â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did very good. Our offense and defense both dominated the field. The team ran the ball fast to help us pull out a win for the last district game.â&#x20AC;? JAMES MURPHY, 10



Derek Peel



â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first half was kind of slow because the defence came out a little weaker than normal. However, in the second half, we came out strong and really picked up the tempo.â&#x20AC;? WANYA JENKINS, 12

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew they were pretty good, so we practiced hard all week. They ended up not being nearly as good, and we ended up playing our best game all season.â&#x20AC;? MATT DAVIS, 10


Not only is he the quarterback, senior Cody Hunter is also the designated punter. During the football season, he had 30 successful punts for the Tigers. Cody explains punting step-bystep.





â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mt. Pleasant game went as planned. We had a few mistakes, but we bounced back and scored many times. We lost to them last year, so it was good to defeat them this year.â&#x20AC;? JAVON THOMAS, 11

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a good game against Natchitoches, but we could have done better. We needed to step up our game, but the win felt good.â&#x20AC;? TYLER LOWE, 11

CATCH AND ADJUST Preparing to punt the football across the field to decrease yardage, senior quarterback Cody Hunter rotates the ball in order to accurately kick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I get the ball, I adjust my grip and get ready to drop the ball in order to kick it far enough across the field.â&#x20AC;?

Jamie Orme Jade Owens Christopher Palmer Justin Pankratz Kristen Parker Brady Parrish Zachary Pearson

show stopper middle school fashion

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tyler Lee game was a hard loss. As a team, we really struggled offensively. We had some turnovers that really cost us though.â&#x20AC;? ALEX FREDERICK, 12


Atalyssa Neace Scott Nelson Justin Noland Naomi O'Dell Mary O'Dell Tristin Odermann Jessica Olivia Sean Olsway


photos by z. baker


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pine Tree came out charged up. They came out with some things we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see on film, but we adjusted fairly quickly. It was our first game to play in district; thankfully, we won.â&#x20AC;? JUSTIN LEWIS, 12

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We executed our game plan well, and the offense executed their game plan very well, also. All the pieces came together, and we came out with a good win.â&#x20AC;? JACORIEN WALKER, 10

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arkansas game was our 14th win in a row. Everyone played really well. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Arkansas will ever win against Texas High.â&#x20AC;? MARQUAN TUCKER, 11


quotes in folios

LIBERTY EYLAU â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our offense started off slow, but our defense did their thing as usual. Our offense ended up pulling it together, though, and we came out with a win.â&#x20AC;? TAYLOR JACKSON, 12


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dance_the_Jitters_away. Paola Correia (12) dances off last minute jitters before the show. Paola rehearsed her Venezuelan dance while others excitedly prepared for their pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I realized the audience was laughing and enjoying themselves, I was so relieved,â&#x20AC;? Paola said.

break_a_leg. Gathering their energy, Bianca Munoz (12) and Alexandra (Alex) Munoz (11) rehearse in the hallway. The dance had inspiration from the twoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballroom dancing skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was told that if the rehearsal went badly, then the performance would be good,â&#x20AC;?Alex said.


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quotes in folios


SENIOR RECOGNITION Senior Justin Lewis is escorted across the field during senior night by his parents, Tresa and Curtis Lewis.


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leadership skills and brotherhood.â&#x20AC;? Wanting to impress his dad, Justin planned to continue playing the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Football is just something I love,â&#x20AC;? Justin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of my everyday life.â&#x20AC;?














“I was inspired by my uncle and dad to learn how to break dance. I don’t do it that often anymore, but it was a good time.” - Anthony Rosales, 12



Students take care of best friends

For sophomore Hannah Hall, dogs, fish, rats and dragons, bearded that is, have always had a special place in her heart. She plans to become a veterinarian when she grows up. “My pets mean a lot to me,” Hall said. “They’re like part of the family.” Like Hall’s animals, senior Jessica Gonzalez’s pets also became a huge part of her life. She went through a rough time when she got her cats, Socks and Midnight, and has had them for 12 years. “If one of my cats died, I would die,” Gonzalez said. “My cats are my baes. I love them more than anything.” A pet owner can often worry about their animals escaping from the backyard or dying of old age, but sophomore Tristen Dodds would not be classified as the average pet owner. Although Dodds has two dogs, she also owns a spur thighed tortoise named Dink, short for Stinker. With the normal life expectancy of a spur thighed tortoise being anywhere from 50 to 150 years, and their uncompetitive speed, Dodds never has had to worry about losing -Tristen Dodds, 10 her pet. “My brother wanted a lizard,” Dodds said, “but my mom refused because she was afraid of it crawling around the house and scaring her, so we decided to get a tortoise instead.” Dink lives indoors during the winter, in a room all his own and in the backyard during the summer. Dodds feeds him fruits and vegetables, and bathes him regularly. Although it can be a hassle to take care of from time to time, Dodds admited that Dink makes all the extra work worth it. Sophomore Mason Orsak owns a pug named Sumo, a snake named Jake and a chameleon named Penelope. He decided to get a chameleon after losing his guinea pig in December. “My chameleon is pretty cool,” Orsak said. “I didn’t even know it was possible to have a chameleon as a pet, but I did some research and my dad said I could get one.” There are mice in Orsak’s freezer to feed his other pet, Jake, a rat snake that he found while raking leaves in the backyard. “It bit my brother,” Orsak said, “But it’s OK because it doesn’t have teeth or anything.” Orsak plans to continue to have pets when he grows up and moves out. “I love pets,” Orsak said. “I just really enjoy having them.”



“It would make me upset to lose him. Dink is a part of my family and it would be weird without him.”

STOP skate Roll New park challenges skaters


kate boarders and roller I came here almost every day, skaters came together mainly because it's not a far drive from my house,” he said. at the McKinney Skate At the park, Howard Park at Nesbitt Community showed off his skills by doing Park to express themselves through the art they knew tricks. best. "Any types of tricks while skateboarding or even roller “The opening of the skate park was really “Skateboarding is really blading are scary awesome," said at first, because challenging compared if you don't fully senior Luke to other sports and you commit yourself Gatewood, who had been can’t give up if you get then chances are skateboarding hurt; you just have to you will end up breaking something, since age 10. keep on skating.” “It’s brand such as a bone,” he After his pet died, sophomore Mason new, close to - Luke Gatewood, 12 said. Orsak searched the Internet for a new my When it came to pet he could make hishouse own. He which decided on a chameleon. is a plus, and a great place aggressive mine or in-line “I didn’t even know peopleto could have skating, there was a difference to come after school with chameleons as pets, so when I figured friends." in how the parts were made. out I could, I hadsome to get one,” Orsak said. Orsak called PetSmart immediately Similar to skateboarding, "Roller skating wheels are and was informed they had a female ALLEE AUSTIN bigger for going around in roller blading was a way Veiled Chameleon available. He ended roller rinks," Howard said. senior Howard could up purchasing the animalRyan and named her Pennelope. get rid of his stress by coming "Roller blading skates are “Feeding her istoawesome because the park at least three times made differently, because her tongue is long and sticky,” Orsak they have ridges and grooves, a week. said. “You just hold your hand out with mealworms on it and she will the grab summer it which allow you to grind." “During I think




quickly. It feels really weird.”


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“Owning an animal gives people a friend and something to love.” -Kyle Dalebout, 10


“I went to Hydrous and wake-boarded for the first time with my friend. It was really fun and I got the concept right away." -Chris Campanini, 9

008 summer



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Hey, guess what...

“I visited San Juan Island with my family for a week. It was a very nice experience and the scenery was really beautiful.” -Grace Bickerstaff, 10

autumn winter spring


Finally, it is important to focus on the interview. Being unfocused is why people lose their car keys. When they put them down, they are not consciously focused on what they are doing. They are not present; therefore, they probably won’t remember where the keys are when they need them. There is no such thing as multi-tasking. What you are doing is serial tasking. So, turn off the cell phone, clear your mind and reside in the moment. angela joergensen

“I was in Wyoming in the mountains with my family. It was really fun, because we caught a 20-inch long rainbow trout.”

“I went to Pismo Beach in California and got to ride a dirt bike around sand dunes. It was cold and I got stuck."

“I went on a family road trip to Florida and drove through Monroe, La., where they film ‘Duck Dynasty.’"

-Hunter Watson, 10

-Olivia Dodson, 11

-Remington Rosene, 12

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Review the “Interviewing Tips” handout with staff members. Available Online: > Inspire & Learn > Learning Resources > Workshop Shows & Resources >

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obser  v e photo opportunities Prepare.

photo by Adriance Rhoades – Legacy HS

The military uses the phrase “two is one and one is none.” Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” What does that mean for photographers? Clear your memory card & carry a spare. If your battery can be recharged, do it. Otherwise, take extra batteries with you.

photo by Taylor Trammell – Legacy HS

Be in the right place, with the right equipment, at the right time. Sound easy? It isn’t an accident; it takes planning.

Have more than one photographer shooting an event.

Every yearbook staff has horror stories about spreads with no pictures. Imagine having no homecoming pictures. What will you do? What if the golf season ends and no photographer went to the golf course? Photographers may have slipped up, but who made the assignment? Did anyone follow-up to make sure the photos were taken? elements 18 fall 2014

Assign zones.

At any event, assign photographers to specific areas in the auditorium, gymnasium or on the field. This kind of planning covers different perspectives as well as unexpected moments. No camera lens can capture action that occurs at the opposite end of the field. You’ve got to be there.



spread design by Kristen Goldnam – Granite Bay HS


Ursus surveyed 97 students

28% Superman 30% Batman

Painting with pride With the competition finishing up, senior Zach Hall hurries to finish the paint on Mrs. Lisa Kunst’s face. “I think he was going for a Harry Potter look,” Kunst said Photo by Matt Clement

Thinking hard Before painting Mr. Andrew Phillips’ face for the game, freshman Ethan McNiff tries to plan out what he’s going to do. “Someone from student government came up and asked me if I wanted to do it. It was a lot of fun,” McNiff said. Photo by Lorena Garcia

22% Other 10% Green Lantern


10% Wonder Woman

I want to travel the world and become a journalist. Treasa Hayes ‘15

Know the difference

“[In my backpack, I have] mostly binders for each of my classes, notebooks and computer paper. I also have extra pouches I never really use unless I have a lot of stuff. It’s easy to stay organized.” Steven Hood ‘14



Favorite DC super heroes

“[In my backpack I have] my notebooks, binders, lunch, folders, and test reviews.” Tyler Gregory ‘17

I was born in England and I have English parents, but I don’t have an accent. Hope Halpin ‘17

W H O N O M I N A T E S U S IT ALL adds up

One senior turns in as many worthy Homecoming candidates as possible

ONCE THE SLIPS OF papers were passed out to vote for royalty, many seniors were shocked to see the large amount of people on the ballot. Senior Kiana Okhovat nominated nearly 40 people, including one freshmen, one sophomore, and a handful of juniors. “I feel there are so many students who deserve to be recognized, and aren’t,, especially with Homecoming nominations. When students looked through their ballots and saw their names, I wanted them to know that someone notices and appreciates them,” Okhovat said. But nominating classmates wasn’t just turning in a slip with names on it. Student Government required a form to be filled out on the nominee and then it had to be approved by an assistant principal before being put on the ballot. “I actually didn’t realize how extensive the nominations were. They asked for so much information about the nominee, and I really wanted to give full, qualitative responses. I was able to do about 15 on the spot during lunch, and the Student Government people at the table allowed me to take home a stack of blank ones and turn them in the next day,” she said.

Filling out all of the nomination forms also helped Okhovat think about her friends and all the qualities that make them so incredible. “My favorite [question] asked something along the lines of why this person deserves to be nominated. I actually felt I knew my friends better afterward, once I had to consciously write about them,” Okhovat said. For a couple nominees, it was their first time being on the ballot. “They were all very excited! They either knew [I nominated them because] I had told them, or someone else had told them. Honestly, their reactions were the best. And I wasn’t expecting anything in return, so it made everything all the more fun. It was just a nice thing to do,” she said. Okhovat cut it close, turning some forms in to student government adviser Mrs. Tamara Givens after school. Fortunately, all of the students nominated made the cut. “My student government friends joked at what a hard time they had fitting all the seniors on one half sheet, since most of my nominees were seniors,” Okhovat said.

500 People attended the dance on October 18

2 drops of green, black, and white balloons during “Original Don” by Major Lazer and “Animals” by Martin Garrix

3 giveaways of t-shirts, bracelets, and teddy bears were grabbed by dancers each time the balloons dropped


successful event

For additional Homecoming clips, scan the QR code

Story by Kristen Goldman

The crowning moment During halftime on October 18, seniors Lauren Brackett and Travis Bauer are crowned king and queen. “I look[ed] out into the crowd and [was] blown away by the amount of love I felt,” Brackett said. They stood between fellow nominees Danielle Scribner, Owen McNiff, Audrey Tate, and CJ Stone. Not pictured: Kelly Fox, Luke Bussey, Hailey Lederer, and Alex Rocca. Photo by Erika Kartz


To the ship

Golden ticket

Dressed as Captain Hook, sophomore Trey Grijalva waves to the crowd of people as he rides by. “The best part of [floats] is all the little funny things that happen, like the paint fights or when you realize you just painted something completely sideways,” Grijalva said. Photo by Kristy Luong

As the car brings them to the track, freshmen Amanda Betito, Jessica Ginnever, Lexi Kindrick, and Taylor Wills are dressed up as Oompa Loompas. “The best part of being on floats was getting to work with new people, and doing the skit,” Betito said. Photo by Erika Kartz


Designed by Kristen Goldnam

King of the jungle During halftime, senior Jane Lockhart plays the lead character in The Lion King while sitting on senior Spencer Palmer’s shoulders. Lockhart was cast because she was the shortest and lightest to lift. “Every time I go by Fuego in the mall, I think about [wearing the mask] because that’s where they got it. It was hot and smelled like rubber,” Lockhart said. Photo by Kristy Luong



Vary the number of people in photos (one, two, three, small group, large group).

Doing this takes planning. In addition, it’s not always easy. Look at your baseball spread. Have you pictured one player fielding, another batting, etc. Shoot the bench, practices, sidelines, locker rooms, bus rides home. Capture interactions between players. Photo assignments must be specific to make this happen. elements 19 fall 2014

photo by Hannah McGee – Klein Collins HS

Arrive early; stay late. Important parts of events are overlooked because of the tendency to shoot only the primary action. The musical has auditions, set building, costume fittings, make-up application, rehearsals (readings, blocking, vocal and dance rehearsals), etc. All these activities happen before the opening. Afterwards, the cast celebrates, strikes the sets, stores props and costumes.

photo by Brianna Bradley – Rock Canyon HS

Shoot before, during & after photos of everything.


A photo by Brenda Moreno – Legacy HS

photo by Russell Zahradnik – East Bernard ISD

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photo by Ryan Parry – North Carolina State University

S a e d e d p

Get permission to get close.

photo by Staci Kiwor – Rock Canyon HS

Anticipate the moment. Sensational pictures capture dancers and athletes in midair. They show emotional reactions: amusement, delight, happiness, enthusiasm excitement, surprise, agitation, anxiety, disappointment, awe, affection, etc. Be patient. Shoot a lot of photos.

photo by Hailey Modzelewska – Rock Canyon HS

photo by Patrick Ginelsa – University of Southern California

photo by Briana Mendoza – Legacy HS

It is not always possible to get on top of the action. By asking the teacher, coach, director or adviser, you may be granted up-close access to a classroom activity, a practice, a dress rehearsal or an event.

carry a notebook

Most photographers carry small notebooks (sometimes hung around their necks) to record times, dates, names and descriptions. They also record things like camera, lens, lighting conditions, aperture and shutter speeds to evaluate photos and make adjustments. Bottom line: It pays to plan.

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Lynn Boeding

The John Cooper School


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Pre-build pages all at once & increase book consistency Apply different templates to spreads while being initialized It was incredibly easy to set the entire book up. We are already up and running with a basic template which includes folio, colors and other basics for each spread. For sections that require templates, like sports, we work off the initial template to create a new spread. Once we add that, it overrides the basic spread with all the correct information. For more creative spreads, staffers can design pages right on the spreads we already have up and running. It’s great

– Lynn Boeding

In the past, I’ve had to set aside a chunk of time after school to work on setting up spreads one at a time. In the years that my students have used editorcreated templates, I have spent even more time applying the templates and verifying that each spread has the right layout. Because our templates were only accessible on one computer, the latter task often fell to me or an individual editor. The new setup feature makes both page set-up and template application much less time-consuming.

– Andrea Negri

I liked the controlled fashion of creating pages with the old BalfourTools. I did not like the time that it took to create a single spread. The fact that I can put the same base template on a whole section, or the whole book on a single screen and then hit “go” is so amazing! I am contemplating all of the small timesavers in this upgrade and beginning to realize how much more time I will have to fuss with the quality of the content.

– Anne Hayman elements 22 fall 2014

Lanie Catuogno

Westwood High School




Karen DePaul

Lake Ridge High School

Anne Hayman

Kelly Juntunen

Arlington High School

Allen High School


Andrea Negri

Alief Hastings High School


Message directly from adviser to staff Verify file structure with real-time quality assurance

Chat between staff members instantaneously

Check page designs for publishing consistency & acceptability

View all page history and current activity

I’m expecting this to save me lots of time doing manual pre-flight on each spread.

– Lanie Catuogno

With a big staff, there’s always opportunity for error. The verification process is amazing because it automatically checks the things that we used to hand check. Things like stretched photos and missing links are part of the new BalfourTools sequence, and it’s going to be a lifesaver, I know.

– Kelly Juntunen This is the one I am most excited about! No more messages from the plant after I’ve shipped pages, asking me about bleeds, ligatures, missing links, etc. Now, before the pages ever leave me, I will be alerted to mistakes that I missed during editing, and I correct them before they ship.

– Karen DePaul This feature is really going to save time for my editors and me. Opening up individual pages to get links and photo proportions is a time-consuming, but necessary, process. It’s great to be able to check for these issues in less than a minute.

– Andrea Negr

This is my second period to have yearbook in more than one period, so facilitating communication between all the staff members is very important. The message board feature gives us another way to make sure we’re all on the same page. I also really like being able to see who has which pages open – no more “who has my spread open?”

– Andrea Negri

The new login for BalfourTools helps keep our lines of communication open and also offers a quick view of who has what open. I have multiple yearbook classes so we have to be clear with each other. Miscommunication has been reduced already because we aren’t calling around the room “who has page 6-7 open?!”

– Kelly Juntunen

First of all, WHAT FUN to communicate on the computers! We have two classes of yearbook, so it’s a great place to post a note and make sure that it gets noticed. It should do away with the “I didn’t see that note attached to the computer or on the whiteboard” excuses. We also spent a lot of time checking the 13 computers to see which one had a spread up on the network.This feature will save us time and give us more control overworkflow.

– Lynn Boeding

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(re)organize Spreads

Make changes to your ladder with ease Quickly reorganize spreads & automatically repaginate This is my favorite thing about the new BalfourTools. In the past, I’ve spent many hours renaming files and moving links when a spread doesn’t work out or needs to be moved down the ladder. I’m so excited about this feature that I’m eagerly anticipating a ladder change just so we can see it in action!

– Lanie Catuogno This is going to save me so much time and stress! Just being able to click and drag pages and not having to renumber them manually is a lifesaver. Last year, one of our sports spreads did not develop because the actual team wasn’t added as an official sport. It left a hole in the middle of my sports section. I had to improvise and “create” coverage—which became a non-UIL sports spread. Now, by just clicking and dragging, I can move the last sports spread to the hole and adjust other pages in other sections accordingly.

– Karen DePaul I am so excited about the move-spreads option within BalfourTools. Our ladder is a fluid document and things change constantly. Last year, I needed an extra spread at the end of the book and snagged one from the student life section. I had to manually change everything in InDesign, but it still didn’t change when we ran the index. That meant I had to manually change the index numbers for every spread after the one I removed. It was a nightmare. With this BalfourTools option, it makes life simple. It lets me concentrate on teaching/advising and not on the minutia of what has to change because the ladder changed, again.

– Anne Hayman elements 24 fall 2014

Image Manager

Customize image galleries to fit your publication Tag and add captions to any photo Verify each image’s print quality when placed I look forward to using the Image Manager. It seems like this step of page completion is streamlined now. It will allow us to drag and drop from the image manager directly to the spread. In addition, it saves the copies to the spread folder, so we avoid those pesky missing links. I’m also pleased to see the caption details and the photo size information so easily available. Photographers can go straight into the Image Manager and type their captions. They will be easy to find without having to open them in Bridge and write or find the captions in the description line of some random spot.

– Anne Hayman The image manager is going to be my best friend this year. This will help us keep our photos organized and connected to the spread they will appear on. We were swimming in a photo disaster last year and this will bring much needed organization to our controlled yearbook chaos.

– Kelly Juntunen This should help avoid missing links and re-used photos.

– Lanie Catuogno

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Day 7 caption writing

Day 7 caption writing



standards & benchmarks



Content Area: Yearbook


Standards & Benchmarks:

Teaching the Lesson (Lesson Sequence/Activities): • Motivation/Anticipatory Set • Pre-Assessment/Activating Background

Duration: One Day

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.1d; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1d Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.5; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


• Teacher Input, Modeling & Checking for Understanding

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.6; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

• Guided Practice

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

resources & materials Lesson’s Focus:

• Independent Practice

classroom management

At the conclusion of the class, students will be able to • understand the basic principles of caption writing. • write captions for assigned photographs, sharing their work.

Resources & Materials:

Copies of previous yearbooks. PowerPoint: Basic Caption Writing – Day 7” ( > Inspire & Learn > Learning Resources > Curriculum) Handout: “Caption Checklist” LCD projector and screen yearbook playbook (see page 9)


Groups will contain one, two and three-year staff members to work collaboratively. The more experienced staff member will assist rookies.

Preparing Students for the Lesson: • Transitions • Expected Behaviors

Divide students into groups as they enter the classroom. Each student will participate and contribute to group activities. No student will dominate the conversation. Students will be responsive, encouraging and involved in group discussions and activities.


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bell assignment

5 minutes Use the picture shown during bell assignment. Teacher: What would the intelligent, curious reader want to know about this picture? Write it down.

teacher input & modeling

Teacher: Why would a history book, memory book or reference book need captions? Discuss 10 minutes PowerPoint: “Basic Caption Writing – Day 7” 10 minutes Teacher: Here is the picture that you saw at the beginning of class and the basic information about the photo (who, what, where, when). As a group, write a present tense sentence describing what is captured in approximately 1/125 of a second. Include as much information as possible, and/or necessary (who, what, where, when). 12 minutes Read captions. Teacher: Is any information unnecessary? Could any information be added?

If you have STATE STANDARDS that you also need to include, write them HERE: (examples) • Determine coverage and concepts for publications. • Work cooperatively and collaboratively through a variety of staff assignments.

differentiation (IEP & 501 plans)


Bell Assignment: Teacher: Do the assignment on the board (screen). PowerPoint “Basic Captions – Day 7” (project first picture) What do you know about this picture? Write information down.

10 minutes Distribute handout: “Caption Checklist.” Teacher: Working in groups, write another basic caption for a picture. Once you are finished, check your caption for these things and rewrite it if necessary. 1. Is it written in present tense? 2. Does it indicate where and when the action is taking place? 3. Are there indefinite adjectives (many, several, a lot, some, etc.) in the caption? Eliminate them. Provide specifics. 4. Does it thoroughly explain the action in the photo?

guided & independent practices (scripted) homework

Homework Teacher: Rewrite 5 captions from last year’s book. • Closure

Captions are the most widely-read copy in the yearbook. Make them great.


basic information in a well-structured sentence – formative assessment

Notes & Reflections:


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closure & assessment

Elements Magazine, Vol 8, Fall 2014  

Yearbook Magazine

Elements Magazine, Vol 8, Fall 2014  

Yearbook Magazine