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The first, true Yearbook Curriculum. Comprehensive. Customizable. Common Core-Aligned. Design

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Day 7 caption writing

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Day 7 caption writing




Date: Grade:

Standards & Benchmarks:



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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.

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• Independent Practice

Lesson’s Focus:

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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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.

The best place to find module inspiration is from magazines. Once you find an idea that works with your theme make it your own.

it happened.” “Quote from person -Person’s full goes here and name here develops the idea, which is the honest feelings of the interviewee, gathered when it happened.” “Quote -Person’s name

10 minutes PowerPoint: “Basic Caption Writing – Day 7”

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“Quote from person idea,goes which here and develops the idea, is feelings, gathered which is the honest feelings when

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).

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?

Captions are the most widely-read copy in the yearbook. Make them great. basic information in a well-structured sentence – formative assessment

Notes & Reflections:

Editable Lesson Plans


Module inspirations

“Quote from person goes here and develops the idea of the headline, which is an immediate reaction to an event. The quote should

emphasize the personal “Quote “Quote from person goes feelings of the interviewee.” from person here and develops the idea -Person’s name develops the of the headline, which is idea, which is feelings, an immediate reaction to “Quote from person gathered develops the quote should an event. The idea, which when it is feelings,the personal emphasize “Quote happened.” gathered when fullperson feelings of the interviewee.” -Person’s from here -Person’s name name develops the

Teacher: Why would a history book, memory book or reference book need captions? Discuss

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


Module Design


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.

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.

Identify the parts of a yearbook spread.

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• 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.


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• 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.



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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.

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“This design quiz is amazing.”


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

Duration: One Day


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gathered In the heat feelings, by staffers, when it of happened.” full the moment -Person’s name here concept for us, so we know what the event was.


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“Quote from person develops the idea, which is feelings, gathered by staffers, when it happened.” -Person’s full name here

Magazine Design My Design You decide: Basic design or a whole page full of modules

YOUR TURN Each person finds a module idea that will work with the theme and rebuilds it in SW or ID. Print and place them in your Style Guide with the sample.

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It’s the first, fully-integrated curriculum written specifically for yearbook advisers. Based on today’s classroom standards, Balfour’s 11-week yearbook curriculum includes everything you need to teach and assess your yearbook students. Any of the flexible lesson plans, assessments, teaching shows and student handouts can be edited to easily integrate with your classroom.

contents SPRING 2015

editor’s note........................................... 02 CAPTION models....................................... 03 school SPOTLIGHT..................................... 04 how’d you do that?.................................. 06 adviser & student workshops................. 14 national finalist...................................... 16 the winners............................................. 31 editor marilyn scoggins

copy judi coolidge

cover & page design oscar mascorro

contributing writers Denise Adams, Maureen Barton, Megan Bennett, Holly Bensur,

Samantha Berry, Jen Bladen, Matt Bohnert, John Briggs, Tom Buck, Derek Byrne, Amanda Cardoza, Martha Collins, Katie Coronado, Bernadette Cranmer, Leigh Ann Danley, Joy Davis, Jamie Demeter, Ryan Feuerhelm, Candace Gilbert, Roseann Gish, David Graves, Stefanie Hamilton, Holly Hartman, Anne Hayman, Joe Holloway, Josh Houston, Brandi Jones, Bernadine Judson, Goldia Kiteck, Haley Lambert, Kel Lemons, Whitney Leonard, Lori McSwain, Scott Melanson, Andrew Nevins, Lauren O’Connor, Lori Oglesbee, Hannah Peterson, Kari Phillips, Edie Pondillo, Rebecca Potter, Kristi Rathbun, Jamie Ray, Amy Reece, Ana Rosenthal, Kristen Scott, Tiffany Shirey, Kathi Tiffany, Andrea Watson, Bob Wegener ads steve ward circulation linda smith

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Marilyn Scoggins, editor

Scan QR codes on pages 6-13 to read more of the stories

As the baby in my family, I didn’t have many answers. This responsibility fell on the broad shoulders of my older brother, the thinker. That was his job. Instead, I became the question asker, the communicator, and learned to listen and fixate on details. The “How’d You Do That?” theme grew out of a conversation I had with an adviser at the fall JEA Convention in Washington DC. I asked questions, as I’m known to do, and she shared her advising experience. My jaw dropped when I heard her say, “...and I don’t have a class.” The next words out of my mouth were, “How do you do ALL THAT without a class?” She agreed to answer the question for our readers. school spotlight – This issue features Brandi Jones and her staff from Carbondale Community High School. “What’s the secret for creating a yearbook after school and on weekends?” (p. 4) explains the importance of recruitment, organization, flexibility

and leadership when producing an extracurricular yearbook. In addition, check out the five bonding events critical to keeping the DIAL staff working as a team. how’d you do that feature – By answering the question “What’s the secret of your success?” (p. 6-13) twenty-eight advisers share what has worked well for their programs concerning staff management, grades, motivation, design, deadlines, sales, celebrations and schedules. adviser & student workshops – Save the date and register for Balfour’s NEW Adviser Academy (p. 14). Take your editors to Balfour’s Fall Intensity (p. 14). Or choose to participate in one of the many Balfour Student Workshops (p. 15) scheduled this summer. the winners – Give it up for Balfour’s Office and Adviser of the Year recipients (p. 32).

you wonder: What’s the secret of their success? Well, our generous advisers and editors are willing to share. View covers and spreads from our Crown and Pacemaker finalist yearbooks (p. 17-31) and discover what they did to achieve yearbook acclaim. Start by reading “12 tips for success” written by Goldia Kiteck and Andrew Nevins (2014 photo editor & editor-in-chief) from Shawnee Mission North High School (p. 16). Lucille Ball said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” We asked the busiest people in the world, yearbook advisers facing deadlines, to take a moment to tell their stories. They did. It wasn’t because they had a moment; it was because of their generous natures. We would like to thank our amazing “family” of advisers who are always willing to share their best.

national finalist – Twenty-one of Balfour’s 2014 books received national recognition. It makes

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. Spring Issue 2015. Copyright 2015 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. elements 2 spring 2015


models by Judi Coolidge

When you suggest that your students vary the beginning of captions by using adverbial clauses, and when, not knowing what adverbial clauses are, they stare at you blankly, tell them to pull out their new “eliminate boredom” square. Teaching adverbial clauses or pointing out the differences between a gerund and a participle gives advisers the chills. Who has time to lay another sentence on the table and dissect it? You don’t. Students do not remember what they are taught about grammar from year to year because they learn at the “knowledge” level on Bloom’s Taxonomy. They remember, but they don’t “apply” or “create.” How do you help your staff members use these grammatical structures without teaching grammar in isolation? Use models. By writing captions beginning with gerunds, phrases, clauses or adverbs, students will write more powerfully. The best part? They do it on their own. You simply provide positive reinforcement. Advise on.

gerund leads begin with a verb ending with “ing” in a noun-like form. Use gerund leads sparingly.

WINNING THE OVERALL SPIRIT COMPETITION motivates seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson to achieve a victory over the juniors in a tug-of-war.

participle leads begin with a verb ending in “ing” or “ed” in an adjective phrase. It can incorporate both action and description in the first words. Use participle leads sparingly.

Present Participle Leads

HOPING TO CAPTURE OVERALL FIRST PLACE in the spirit competition, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn, Maya Johnson vie with the juniors in the tug-of-war. Past Participle Leads

ELATED AFTER MOVING THE JUNIORS CLOSER TO THE LINE, seniors Bradley Louis,Tal Lovvorn, Maya Johnson’s final pull draws the flag over the line in a record 10.2 seconds.

infinitive leads use a verb along with “to.” Infinitive leads provide action at the beginning of the copy.

TO GAIN AN ADVANTAGE, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn, Maya Johnson use practiced tug-of-war tactics, taught to them by Maya’s brother, to defeat the juniors.

adverb leads provide active description in the first few words.

CONVINCINGLY, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson pull for a 10.2-second win against the juniors in the tug-of-war competition.


BOREDOM vary caption leads

adjective leads begin with an adjective describing the subject(s) of the sentence.

REAL CROWD PLEASERS, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson pull for a 10.2-second win against the juniors in the tug-of-war competition.

prepositional leads begin with a prepositional phrase and provide description.

AT THE FRONT OF THE LINE, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson compete in the tug-ofwar competition against the juniors.

appositive leads identify or define a person, place or idea your reader may not know. Because they don’t imply action, use them sparingly.

SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS, BRADLEY LOUIS, TAL LOVVORN AND MAYA JOHNSON, pull for a win against the juniors in the tug-of-war competition.

quotation leads use a direct quote from a person involved in the picture.

“WE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO PREPARE. IN THE END WE PULLED SMARTER AND HARDER THAN THE JUNIORS,” SENIOR MAYA JOHNSON SAID. Seniors Bradley Louis and Tal Lovvorn joined Johnson to defeat the juniors in 10.2 seconds.

adverb clause leads Concessive Lead

describes a difficulty which has been overcome and begins with though, even though or although.

ALTHOUGH THEY HAD LIMITED PRACTICE TIME, seniors Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson defeat the juniors in 10.2 seconds. Conditional Lead

ties action to a certain condition that must be fulfilled.

IF THE SENIORS HADN’T RECRUITED THREE MORE GIRLS AT THE LAST MINUTE, the team would have forfeited the pull. Instead the girls joined Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson who led the team to a 10.2 second win. Time Lead

features a time element and often begins with “while,” ”where,” “as soon as,” “before,” “by the time,” “since.”

WHILE COMPETING IN THE TUG OF WAR, Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson pull to the senior class chant, “We are Seniors. Who are you?” Reason Lead

defines the reason behind a statement or action given in the main clause and often begin with “because” or “as.”

BECAUSE THE SENIORS WERE TWO POINTS BEHIND, Bradley Louis, Tal Lovvorn and Maya Johnson use practiced tug-of-war tactics to defeat the juniors.

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What’s the secret for creating a yearbook after school and on weekends?

Carbondale Community HS

Brandi Jones Carbondale, Illinois

Members of the DIAL Staff participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Freshman staff member, Gillian Collie sorts underclassmen picture packages in the hallway outside the yearbook office. Taking advantage of the down time, Chase Latour works on the Cross Country spread during a free period in her schedule.

Recruitment is vital to the success of the DIAL staff. Because the DIAL is an after-school activity and not a class, it is up to us to seek out new staff members. One of our best sources for new members is incoming freshmen who were on their middle school yearbook staff. This is optimal as these students walk into the office with basic yearbook knowledge and can hit the ground running. Siblings, passing the torch from one Yerd (Yearbook Nerd) to another, have been another good source to help maintain healthy numbers on staff. We currently have three sets of siblings in our club with several coming up within the next few years. Another resource we have tapped has been recommendations by teachers. Our faculty knows who has the kind of skills we are looking for to help us take our book to the next level. Because my sister and I are not in the same grade, I am always looking for ways to be involved with her at school. At the beginning of the year, she asked to join the yearbook. There are a lot of siblings on staff who have the opportunity to do something productive together after school.

-Sawyer Latour Recommendations from teachers have helped us fill holes on our staff. We gained three new staff members this year as a result of teachers contacting us about students who have expressed an interest in journalism.

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Since our staff does not meet daily, staying on top of organization helps us to stay on track. Page assignments can be tricky given that we are rarely all in one place at the same time. To stay organized, we use the Balfour ladder poster, the office white board, and a to-do-list app. This allows everyone to know who is working on what pages, what still needs to be done, and when deadlines are approaching. Binders and folders help keep important information about sections of the book all in one place and easily accessible to staff members as they come and go. Our biggest organizational hurdle, business ads, is also our biggest fundraiser. Since we do not have a budget like many classes, we depend heavily on making money ourselves. Staff members divide up local businesses then go out into the community during the summer and after school to gain supporters for our publication. We like to make a lot of lists and charts to supplement our page assignments, sales, and yearbook surveys. Using color coding also helps with the class surveys that are used in the student life section of our book.

-Angie Mohanty The staff likes to stay connected by posting important information on the whiteboard in the yearbook office and sending group text messages or social media posts. This way we can run things by each other and communicate as a group even though we don’t see each other every day.

-Jessica Collie

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As an extra-curricular publication, we have to create pockets of time that fit into the school and students’ schedules. Members of our yearbook staff are highly involved with other clubs and carry heavy academic class loads. Students work on the book before school, during lunch, after school, and even on weekends. As a result, the lights and the music are always on in the DIAL office. The staff will do whatever it takes to get things done. When deadlines are approaching, students work from home on days off and over holiday breaks. The DIAL is a summer/fall delivery, so to help us get pages submitted in time for publication, we have work days over the summer. Quite a bit of food and soda get consumed as pages get published. The local food vendors know us quite well! I am a part of many clubs and outof- school activities. I am able to be on the yearbook staff, however, because Mrs. Jones only expects me to come to meetings when I can. She also provides me with the resources to work on pages at home. Flexibility is essential for me to be a part of the staff.

-Chase Latour Even though I am involved in over 20 clubs. I still make room to devote time to work on the yearbook, I balance my time to make sure I am involved enough in every club. I will work on yearbook before school, at lunch, and during free periods during the school day.

-Maziar Sayeh

Having strong editors to lead the staff is vital to keep our book on track throughout the year. We depend on the older members to train new recruits on everything from StudioWorks to photography. This allows the “newbies” a chance to get to know how the pieces of our book come together. We spend several weeks at the beginning of the year having mini-seminars over various topics that cover the essential yearbook skills. Over time our staff has created many traditions and customs which help fortify the bonds between staff members and create strong leaders. We think of our staff as a big family so we celebrate almost all major holidays with parties full of food, music, and games. On Valentine’s Day, for example, we feast on an Italian dinner and do a Secret Cupid gift exchange. In order to attend the NSPA/JEA convention each fall, we raise money by selling pizza at lunch, organizing a schoolwide talent show and sponsoring 50/50 raffles at major sporting events. The memories made at our parties, fundraisers and trips are talked about for years.

1. Balfour Summer Camp:

Attending Balfour Summer Camp, organized by our Rep, kick-starts our year. We design our cover, create our ladder, and decide on the theme for the upcoming book. This event sets the pace for our school year and helps our younger staff members become a part of the DIAL family. the 2015 DIAL staff

Activities Fair is held during the first month of school. It gives the DIAL staff an opportunity to recruit new members from our student population. We usually gain five to ten students by setting up a table, working the crowd and giving away candy.

James Brady press briefing room

Mary Beth Tinker, civil liberties icon, & the DIAL staff at Southern Illinois Student Press Association winter conference

4. Southern Illinois Student Press Association winter conference: SISPA

allows all of the DIAL staff to experience a journalism conference in our hometown, learn from local experts and mingle with local yearbook staffs.

5. Terrier Talent Show:

-Shruti Kumar

-Brendan Kristiansen

3. National Scholastic Press Association fall conference: Going to

Washington DC to attend The JEA/NSPA convention with the staff helped us to bond as a family, providing us with four solid days away from distractions to work on the yearbook. We also made a ton of memories.

Our yearbook staff is a close-knit group. We have many events to help us bond. My favorite yearbook event was our trip to Washington DC for NSPA. We had fun touring our nation’s capital and learning new trends in journalism.

The more experienced members of our group do a fantastic job mentoring our new members. We hold sessions after school to teach design and photography principles. We work very hard to give them the tools they need to succeed on staff.

2. Student Activities Fair: The annual Student

the DIAL staff photographers

To help with publication costs and to raise funds for traveling to NSPA, the DIAL staff organizes a schoolwide talent show during the second semester. We sell over 250 tickets to the event and add a few dollars to our bank account. elements 5 spring 2015

How’d You Do That What’s the secret of your success?



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amazing team

Jamie Demeter

Ft. Zumwalt South High School St. Peters, Missouri

It never fails. First, they’ll ask you why you are doing it. But after you succeed, they’ll ask how you did it. Keep them guessing. Keep innovating.


for one deadline

Much has changed in yearbook publication and production in the past 30 years, but the twofold challenge of grading students in a yearbook class and making deadlines continues to raise its ugly head. This year, my staff and I found a way to battle that two-headed monster by breaking down a spread’s deadline into

three parts. I require students to write and save their copy and captions in a double-spaced Word document and submit it to me with a threepart rubric. With this, it is easier for me to both edit and monitor the progress of a spread and offer three grade opportunities in one rubric.

Edie Pondillo

Riverdale High School

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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During the past seven years, we have moved from being isolated yearbook teachers in our individual high schools to a powerful, collaborative force in our school district. The change sprang from that common complaint that “no one in the building really understands my challenges.” So, when we saw one another at conferences, we started talking about yearbook, students and life in general. When our yearbook scan to read more representative got us together to discuss what we wanted a summer workshop to offer, it gave us a common, non-threatening project to work on. This was the beginning of our relationship.

assign end-of-the-year


Underclassmen Project

This culminating activity has 2 parts: Theme Project Part A is due the Tuesday before the final exam. Plans for Next Year Part B is due at the beginning of the final. worth 225 points

Senior Legacy Project

Your culminating activity has 2 parts: Legacy Part A is due on Tuesday before exams. Legacy Part B is due at the beginning of the final. worth 125 points Becky Bubenik Ft. Zumwalt North High School, Jamie Demeter Ft. Zumwalt South High School, Loran Marquez Ft. Zumwalt West High School and Brooke Iadevito Ft. Zumwalt East High School.

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Bernadette Cranmer Granite Bay High School Granite Bay, California

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mini deadlines

Leigh Ann Danley

Peachtree Ridge High School

Katie Coronado

Cypress Falls High School Houston, Texas

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Last year, we sold out. It was just a handful more books than we had sold the year before but less than 15% of our total population. It was my first year as an adviser.

Suwanee, Georgia

Staff members have five major deadlines throughout the year. To keep them from last-minute mania, they have mini-deadlines every Friday that involve some part of their pages. If they don’t complete the assignment by the deadline, it is an automatic 70.





I create a photo scavenger hunt that centers around our theme. Students work in small groups, then present their photos in a PowerPoint. After I teach them various types of captions, they write captions for the photos.



Students have an opportunity to create a double-page spread about themselves. It must include photos with family, friends and/or pets, favorite things, hobbies, etc. with captions and headline plus a background.

Celebrations. They’re not just for completing the final pages. Instead, think of them as “slump prevention.” For example, it’s February and staffers hit a wall that appears insurmountable. So, what do they do? They post passive-aggressive tweets which cause arguments. Take time to stop and breathe. Spending a day celebrating the completion


We celebrate our achievements with donuts for deadlines!


of a significant goal will enhance, not derail your productivity. A celebration doesn’t always have to involve food. Sometimes it means printing and handing out fun award certificates or spending a day fliming a promotional video rather than designing a spread. Plan parties and rewards carefully or they will lose their value. For example, if celebrations are too frequent, work done to earn a party may become sloppy. Don’t allow rewards to become an expectation regardless of the quality of

To promote yearbook sales, we made rainbow looms with tags and price attached. We distributed them at our school pep rally. (Search Rainbow Loom on YouTube for instructions.)


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work. One day per year, after I have observed truly outstanding work, I will reward the staff with a surprise party - usually ice cream sundaes. It is an opportunity to recognize their integrity and passion. Having a proactive plan in place to counteract slumps will make the most stressful part of the year a little more bearable.

Samantha Berry

Cy-Creek High School Houston, Texas


We triple proof! First, My staff is very the students check creative with skills in them. Then I look photography, art, and them over. Finally, writing. We always another English seem to bond as a teacher checks them. “family,” supporting each other by celebrating birthdays Lori McSwain Creekside Intermediate and achievements. League City, Texas

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Codes&Apps This will be our fourth yearbook that features QR-codes, but it is our first book that incorporates Aurasmas. We learned about Aurasmas last summer at camp. The adviser

from Weeki Wachee High School taught a class based on his experience with the app. Once we showed our staff what he taught us, there was no question: Seminole High would be the next school with Aurasmas in its yearbook! I have always believed in growth, both personally and professionally.

I take pride in the fact that I have instilled that same belief in my students. I can say that with certainty. If you look at our last three yearbooks, you can see more pictures, stronger layouts and better captions each year.

Candace Gilbert

Seminole High School Seminole, Florida

With the stress of deadlines and meeting sales goals, my students need to have “joy” in their day. And that is where I think the yearbook class comes into play. Some of the things that I do with my students include: scan to read more

Amy Reece


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big I wanted to make sure I sold out of yearbooks before distribution but needed a way to entice non-buyers. So, I offered free T-shirts, pens and lanyards to anyone who purchased a yearbook before October 1. They would also be entered into a drawing for a free tablet. We sold 50 percent of our projected total that month. To help offset the cost, I had my staff sell sponsorship elements 8 spring 2015

Jen Bladen

Harvard-Westlake School Studio City, California

spaces on the back of the shirt to local businesses. They weren’t enthusiastic about that until I told them the top seller would get a free yearbook and $50 gift card to an establishment of their choice. One student sold over $1,000 and won.

Ryan Feuerhelm Ryan High School Denton, Texas

It takes a village to design a good yearbook. First, all of the rising seniors (a.k.a. second semester juniors) start brainstorming a look and feel for the upcoming year’s book after our final deadline. Last spring, the Class of 2015 looked at magazines and websites and drew sketches and created sample spreads. Then they went to yearbook camp and met with the gurus at Ignite Journalism University at Pepperdine University in Malibu. The instructors, coaches and even the resident assistants helped my students shape their design ideas. scan to read more

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Spring Hill High School Columbia, Tennessee

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Roseann Gish

staff motivation tips It takes an

Shawnee Heights HS Tecumseh, Kansas

attitude of gratitude to motivate a yearbook staff.

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Jen Bladen

Harvard-Westlake School

Studio City, California

spreads& proofs check

Our staff begins to work on the yearbook in March. Starting early allows us to be organized, solve problems, and meet deadlines. That means we work on the 2014 and 2015 books at the same time, but it also gives us a head

start on the next year. In March we finalize our theme, design our pages, and begin routing our business ad sales. This strategy has worked for our adviser, Roseann Gish, at schools with very different demographics: a school with a total

Anne Hayman

Arlington HS

Arlington, Washington

First of all, it’s called “Speed Dating” because we only spend a short time with each spread. We’ve checked printouts on regular paper, proofs from the plant and the spreads on the computer screen. It depends on the purpose and the timing.

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population of 200 students located 15 miles from a small city; a high socioeconomic status (SES) school in the middle of a city; a school with a diverse SES. This ad sale strategy can work for you!

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Maureen Barton

Sedona Red Rock HS Sedona, Arizona

I make success happen by displaying passion and love for both my students and our publications. When I asked my students about how I motivate them, they said I bring out the light in them and push them to their full potential at all times. They tell me I allow journalism to be attainable for all students and that anyone can be the best if they try their hardest in all they attach their name to. I do not judge my students and I always try to relate to them. I constantly maintain a positive attitude about them and their futures. As a result, they say we have a mutual respect for each other.

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We create a yearbook that our students like. As a team, the yearbook staff and I work to include as much of the school (people, sports, events, activities) in our book as possible. Our school is known for spirit. Luckily,

that helps our efforts because students want to be involved. We just need to reach out to them. I also try to make sure the staff understands the importance of the yearbook and the responsibility that comes with telling the year’s story. As

a result, it is crucial to assemble a strong staff that embraces our common goal. Also, keeping class time fun so that students want to be there creates a motivated team. It’s a lot easier to get the whole school interested in the book if the

Tom Buck

Cathedral City HS

Cathedral City, California

people making it are excited about it. Balancing our finances is really about living within our means. Our goal is to sell yearbooks, and if we do that, the money takes care of itself. We really don’t use our money for



We make sure our theme, cover, fonts, and ladder are absolutely perfect before we leave for summer break. Over the summer we hold “fun sessions” at the school where we all bring food and plan the book. Yearbook is a club for us, not a class, so I have to make sure the girls stay motivated. Food works wonders! (Yes, sadly I do not have any boys on staff; we are working on it though!) Stefanie Hamilton scan to read more

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anything other than paying our bill and ordering essential equipment when necessary. This also helps us keep our cost down, so that the book is more affordable to students. Our goal is to create a great book, not to make a profit.

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Turnover I had a particularly interesting challenge this year. In the last four years, my school has had four different yearbook advisers. It’s difficult to take over a staff that has had that much adviser turnover because there is no consistency from year to year. This was especially a problem for the seniors. To start, I let the students know my expectations and told them they would be held accountable for reaching those goals. I’ve brought the consistency they’ve lacked. We’ve celebrated together, and (let’s be honest) struggled together, but through it all, they know I’m here to stay. We’ve become quite the family.

Tiffany Shirey

Morton Ranch HS Katy, Texas

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Matt Bohnert

Saguaro High School

Scottsdale, Arizona


Denise Adams

B. F. Terry High School Rosenberg, Texas

We’re a lot like the little engine that could – we keep on chugging up the track, knowing we’ll get there but always wondering if we’re doing enough, not doing enough or what

we’re missing. We don’t want to find ourselves on June 1, slapping our foreheads, saying we should’ve done this or that. So we make a conscious effort to pull out the stops.

run a


I advise the yearbook like a small business; we have “real” deadlines that need to be met. (Being late is not a possibility.) We have only one yearbook class to get the book done, so being on task is critical. I tell the staff there will be times the class is stressful. Other times we can relax. I am always checking with my staff to see where they are, making sure the editors know what I want and what they need to do. The kids know I can be tough, but I am fair.


Have you heard the news? All journalism and yearbook teachers must make a concerted effort to recruit strong students to take yearbook and encourage them (once they already have them in class) to stick with it all four years. After my first couple of years advising, I accepted the reality that students will not sign up for journalism based on the content area or my charming personality (not really) alone. Some sucking up must take place or what I like to call “helping them recognize their strengths.”

Kari Phillips

Olentangy Orange High School Lewis Center, Ohio

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When we distribute books, it’s during lunch, so I get food for them. I try to get them to take pride in what they do. Because their work is published, it is open to criticism. I let them know there will be mistakes as nobody is perfect and there will be some that won’t like the book. Even though we can’t make all 700 or so who bought the book happy, if the majority like it, then we did a good job.



Every summer at our Balfour workshop, the kids and I work out a theme and make decisions about graphic elements and the look of the book. After that, I work on a few templates that will work for the book and save them in StudioWorks. The

first few weeks of school, I teach the staff how to use StudioWorks and we talk about the design parameters for the book. The students build templates as well – usually in pairs of new/experienced staffers. The editors and I take the strong templates

Megan Bennett

Interlake High School Bellevue, Washington

and clean them up to fit our design requirements. Then students can use the templates and modify them to suit their needs/ creativity. I usually don’t have many returning staffers, and I only have one yearbook class, so I find these templates helpful

for my new kids. By using them as starting points, I don’t have to spend as much time teaching students to create a foundation on which to build their designs. They learn to make good design decisions by modifying the existing

templates. Most important, they feel empowered to do something creative when they are not overwhelmed by starting from scratch. It helps us produce a quality book without having a beginning yearbook class to give kids the opportunity to learn

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cooperative environment We are a democratic staff. Of course, we have editors who make some important decisions, but most things are decided by the class as a whole. Over the years I have found that if class doesn’t have a say in the way something is done, they are less likely to make a whole-hearted commitment to the book. Lauren O’Connor Norcross High School Norcross, Georgia


discussion Joe Holloway

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Dripping Springs HS

Dripping Springs, Texas

I really wanted to challenge my editors to work together to make this year’s Tiger Cry yearbook the best it could be, so we rearranged all of the editors’ desks. Now they each have their own spot, right next to other editors, and everyone has a nametag on the end of their desk with their “journalism nickname” on it. It’s not the biggest change in the world, but having all of the editors right next to each other facilitates discussion. They like having the nicknames, and I think the new arrangement makes them feel empowered to make the yearbook their own. It’s definitely produced some good material for Balfour’s “Overheard in the Yearbook Room” poster!

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Joy Davis

Oak Grove HS

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The Warrior yearbook staff started using the clocking method to check proofs this year. Each member on staff is assigned a specific page element to check. For example, one staffer might have folios and another staffer may be checking photo

Mentor One of our best practices is for the editors-in-chief to host several parties for the staff throughout the year. We tie the holidays to a deadline, so it is a win-win. Since the staff is split into four yearbook classes, it is very important for our team to get together often to share what is going on in each section of the book. By sharing food and experiences, the entire staff is invested in the overall quality of our production, as well as meeting deadlines. Lunch is the only time we can do this. The editors offer congrats for a job well done to specific staff members and if anyone

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quality. The staff sits in a circle and the proofs move around in a circle from person to person until each staffer has checked all the proofs. This has proven to be very helpful in catching mistakes and it also gets each and every staffer involved in the editing process. Multiple sets of eyes looking over pages are always best! After meeting each of our deadlines, the staff has a traditional

staff bonding lunch. This gives them something to look forward to and serves as a reward for their hard work. (They always enjoy a fun Mexican fiesta as a celebration.) Other bonding activities include decorating the classroom door for Christmas, having a staff Christmas party, getting dressed up and gallivanting downtown Hattiesburg, and playing “Just Dance.”

Kathi Tiffany

All Saints Episcopal School Fort Worth, Texas

is having issues doing module cutouts or coming up with coverage ideas, someone on staff volunteers to serve as a mentor to him or her. I see

my job as a facilitator and a cheerleader, overseeing staff members to make sure they are staying on task and having fun, too.

successful program build a

Holly Hartman

Memorial High School Houston, Texas

GO TO CAMP. Try to go to a summer publications camp, if at all possible. It gives the staff a place to focus on the theme/ design of the book without the distractions they will have once school has started. Take as many staff members as possible so everyone feels like they had a say in the final decisions. Not everyone will absolutely love the theme/design, but the majority must buy in and totally “get it” or they will never be motivated to work on the book for eight

months. The second benefit of going to camp (and perhaps the more important one) is the bonding that will happen after the staff spends several days together.



I am a new teacher in an old teacher’s body. In 1984 I got my first job teaching English, newspaper and yearbook. (That may sound crazy, but that is what I signed up for since my college major was communications.) I was a yearbook adviser for 13 years, and I left my post for awhile to stay home and be with my children. When I left, my yearbook staff was designing the yearbook using Adobe Pagemaker on our brand-new Mac Classics. (If you have no idea what I am talking about, picture a toaster with a low resolution TV screen on the side.) We would send photos with grease cropmarks on them to the publisher to be sized and dropped into our designs. Bernadine Judson Etiwanda High School

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Hands-off adviser

In 1999 I was the co-editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook. My adviser, Charles Murray, set the best example for me as a student and now as an adviser, and I try to emulate his advising style every day. Every year, Mr. Murray made sure we knew how to shoot pictures, design pages and write copy. After that the editors and staff took the book and ran. scan to read more

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1MAGIC Look at current design trends. Add some new elements to the book that weren’t there in the past year, and take out the old stuff. Make the book your own.

How’d You Do That What’s the secret of your national recognition & success?

by Goldia Kiteck, photo editor Andrew Nevins, editor Shawnee Mission North HS Overland Park, Kansas

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Make sure you’re capitalizing on the strengths of the staff. If your photography isn’t as strong, use more design elements & infographics and vice versa. If your design skills aren’t where you want them to be, highlight your photography.


Read, search and look for design ideas. Also don’t be afraid to ask advice of the editor’s who have gone before you. Use their expertise and suggestions to improve your book. It doesn’t take away from what you do.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, but stick to general design rules/guidelines. Something too weird/crazy could turn the reader away. We have a general design guide that has basic rules, but the rest is up to the student designer.


Understand that design has a huge learning curve and takes time - lots and lots of time.



Go to lots of conventions, workshops, etc. Exchange yearbooks with the best books and then have “theme copy” reading where everyone finds the best theme copy and then reads it to the class. It’s almost like a poetry reading!


Work together and be ready to help anyone who needs help with creating a design or developing an idea.


Always remember who the book is for - YOUR SCHOOL. Embrace your school’s personality and work it into your book. Your audience is your student body. Always remember that you’re working for them.

Actively look for people to critique your work. It’s tough to hear that something you’ve worked on for days has flaws, but it’s important to uncover those imperfections and then correct them. Don’t take criticism personally. Your work is great but all work can be improved.


Trial and Error. The best way to improve is to try something and see how you like it. Then start over and design it completely different. Seeing the page from a fresh perspective allows you to see things you like about both, so then you try to incorporate them together.

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MAGIC that is yearbook.


WATER BALLOONS | CHASE TETRICK, 9 “We were given about one or two water balloons each and we just threw them at whoever we wanted. It started off with water balloons and then kind of went to flour and mud.”


MUD | CAROLYN KINNEY, 9 “There were buckets of mud everywhere and it was all over everyone really. When you go in to get the mud, people just start throwing it, so then you just get splattered.”

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SHAVING CREAM | SAM BELANGER, 10 “We had a war with shaving cream; it was kind of like a relay race. Everyone was in a line and you had competing teams and you had to cover them in shaving cream without getting hit with shaving cream yourself.”



MUCKY HUG above: Embracing the muddiness, seniors Mary Kate Workman, Frances Wooldridge, Madison Stottle, and Sadie Laughlin pose for a picture at Muck Fest. “I’m not usually a dirty person, but I had way more fun than I was expecting,” Stottle said. “I rode around on my friend’s back throwing mud at people, it was great. And yes, I enjoyed getting dirty.” P H O T O B Y | JORDAN HALL

FLOUR | TAYLOR SAWALICH, 10 “They had little Dixie cups full of flour. We each got one and we all ran at each other and threw them so it was like a huge white puff of flour in the air.”


STEP IT UP above: Following the lead of other

crowdsurfing students, freshman Susan Haenisch boosts up freshman Libby LeGard into the air at Muckfest. “At the very beginning of the year, everyone was talking about Muckest and they passed out flyers,” LeGard said. “Some of my friends and I decided to go after soccer practice and we had a great time.” P H O T O B Y | KATE MITCHELL

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MESSING AROUND left: Joking around with senior Laurie Doerflinger, senior Taylor Anderson threatens to hit Doerflinger with paint. “We were making signs to give directions to Muckfest," Anderson said. “I was trying to paint Doerflinger’s hair because she is really fun to mess with." P H O T O B Y | DARA O'CONNOR



“Legos. We would make cool stuff like spaceships and castles. Sometimes we would make like Lego food like Lego cheeseburgers.” Drew Harding, 12


“The object that makes me think of elementary school is little aprons because I would always play house in kindergarten during my free time and I was always the mom so I would cook and act like the other students were my kids.” Zoey Chaffee, 11


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freshmen reflect upon their high school band experience

alking into the football stadium for the first rehearsal of the season, questions about marching band rushed through freshman Gabrielle Oakman’s mind. “I was asking myself questions like, ‘What if I fall?”’ Oakman recalled. “Will the upperclassmen make fun of me?” Oakman shared the same nervous energy as junior and drum major Michael Schley had when he was a freshman. But over the years, Schley said he learned how to become a good leader, how to adapt, and be himself. “I remember everything had magic to it,” Schley said. “It was a new start.” The high school band experience was a stark contrast from that of middle school, but

MARCHING IN a half-time show, senior Chacko Finn plays his trombone. “I’m not at all nervous,” Finn said. “We practice so much it gets us ready for the performances.” photo by bridget wray

freshman Preston Wagner thought it was a change for the better. “In middle school, the music was way less fun,” Wagner said. “The songs were slower and had easy parts. Plus, there was no marching.” Because of the drastic difference, freshmen had to take time to dedicate to the adjustment period. For example, since the skill level of high school students was more advanced, the music was more challenging. Band director Chad Reed visited the middle school a number of times a year before. The North band hosted a barbeque, invitied them to light shows, and had them come out and march a pregame. “From basically seventh grade on,” Reed said, “they see what the end result might be.

DURING AN early-morning rehearsal, freshman Taya Josenberger plays her flute. “I was thinking about posture and being in step,” Josenberger said. “It was at the beginning [of practice] so it was an easy set.” photo by kelsie sneegas

So hopefully by the time they are already signed up for classes in eighth grade, they know that is a goal that they want to be part of.” There were around 100 band members in marching band, giving each student an opportunity to meet people they wouldn’t usually talk to. “[Being in band] is a great bond because you get to meet so many more people,” Oakman said, “and you become really close.” Although the transition from middle school to high school could be intimidating, Schley thought that band was a great way to ease into the experience. “Band is a family,” Schley said. “There isn’t a better place to be yourself.” story by shannon wray

BLOWING INTO his tuba, senior Hunter Herndon marches during a morning rehearsal. “We were working as hard as we could,” Herndon said. “We thought we could really turn it around this year and be something special.” photo by kelsie sneegas


LOOKING INTO the distance, sophomore Zach Lujan plays his clarinet. “I was getting ready for the next set,” Lujan said. “Doing that while trying to focus on the next sets can be difficult.” photo by kelsie sneegas

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pray the water. Throw the flour. Chuck the mud. Bring on the muck. off faces and squished between fingers, friends tried to find each other Freshman Emma Cannova scooped up a handful of muck and through hordes of messy people among the aftermath. “The point of Muckfest is to get kids excited so they will feel welcomed hurled it towards her friends. She watched as they tried to dodge the bullet of muck coming at them. As they recovered, they at Young Life the next week,” Anderson said. “If they have fun, they want to collectively began sprinting towards her and as they screeched, "Get her!" learn more about what Young Life is and what it stands for.” After not only enjoying herself at Muckfest, but also feeling the Earlier that day, Cannova’s phone had blown up with texts: ‘Who’s enthusiasm from the upperclassmen at Muckfest, going to Muckfest tonight?’, ‘Get excited’, ‘3 more got a text from a Young Life senior about hours!’ “THE POINT OF MUCKFEST IS TO Cannova giving her a ride to club the next week. The texts came pouring in after freshman “It was so nice that she was willing to take Young Life leader and senior Taylor Anderson GET KIDS EXCITED SO THEY WILL me [to Young Life] because I felt way more started a group chat with 30 freshmen. Anderson wanted to get the word out about Muckfest to as FEEL WELCOMED AT YOUNG LIFE comfortable going with her,” Cannova said. "Then I got to meet different people that she introduced many freshmen as possible so they could join the THE NEXT WEEK." me to.” upperclassmen in the competitive event. Sophomore Kathryn Jones remembered Young Life, a national Christian high school -TAYLOR ANDERSON the awkward stand-in-huddle-off-to-the-side ministry, and the Shawnee Mission branch of the freshmen tendencies that she was able to break organization held Muckfest as their kick-off event at Shawnee Mission Park. The night began with water balloon fights and free of as a result of the welcoming hand that was lent to her. “The upperclassmen that you meet at Young Life talk to you in the halls clouds of flour billowing up in the air. Next, people put their poker faces on as they lined up to scoop shaving cream for the relay race and tried to gain which makes you feel cool,” Jones said. “I don’t think I would have been the competitive edge. Finally, every person was coated in and dripping nice to the freshmen if the upperclassmen hadn’t been nice to me when I in muck, a combination of all the ingredients. As mud was being wiped was a freshman.” STORY BY | CORINNE STRATTON

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Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb puts his Guns Up during the Matador Song after the Red Raiders’ 42-35 victory against Iowa State at Jones AT&T Stadium. Photo by Brad Tollefson

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he 2013 football year was capped off by a 3723 victory for Texas Tech against Arizona State in the National University Holiday Bowl. Tech became bowl eligible at the conclusion of the season with a 7-5 overall record after being picked to finish seventh by the Big 12 Football Media Preseason polls. The underrated theme is something coach Kliff Kingsbury said he has experience dealing with. “It was the same situation we had (in 2012) with Texas A&M, with where they picked us,” Kingsbury said. “We know they have a good team and you have to have good things happen. But when

you can continue to prove people wrong, it’s great for team’s psyche.” Tech began its season in Dallas with Friday night football against SMU. Because of a back injury suffered by redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer, the Red Raiders’ quarterback position remained an unknown entering the first game against the Mustangs. Davis Webb and Clayton Nicholas were both options for first-year coach Kingsbury. Webb was an early enrollee and had been on Tech’s campus for spring football. Nicholas was in his second year of eligibility for the Red Raiders. Continued on Page 74

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Our book is strongest when the editors create a plan for the book with the staff’s strengths in mind. Right now that involves using a lot of photos and running them as big as possible. Doing this keeps the design simple. In addition, the copy is shorter than in years past, but the editors are playing to the strength of the dynamic, story-telling images. Andrea Watson Texas Tech University

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Texas A&M University

The Agromeck staff makes every effort to be aware of campus events and happenings. Whether walking to class, dining halls or dorms, we keep our eyes and ears open. We review previous Agromecks to ensure fresh coverage angles, look at other schools’ books to stay on top of trends, and use design and color to convey the tone of spreads. We encourage each other to “think outside the box,” not be afraid to tackle difficult subjects. We also consider personal experiences, ours and others, as they relate to the students on campus. It’s definitely a team effort! Martha Collins

Hours of work and attention to detail by Ashley Hildenbrandt, the ‘14 Aggieland editor, was critical. For example, she placed proofs of all 520 pages on the tables and floor of the office to see how the photos and stories transitioned. Plus, one of our photographers did re-shoots and re-edits for the opening and closing. Ashley summed it up: “Mr. Wegener, I remember you asking me early on in the year if I was intimidated by you, and even though I said “no,” the answer was “yes.” Now I know that I was not intimidated by you, but by your high standards that I wanted to meet & exceed.” Bob Wegener

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MAY DAY SCHEDULE 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Gather at the NCSU Bell Tower Rally begins march to downtown begins Speak out at the Civitas Institute arrive at moore Square to join with broader may day Coalition 4:00 p.m. march leaves moore Square 5:00 p.m. arrive at N.C. General assembly

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∏ Students of the N.C. Student Power Union walk

toward Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on May Day, May 1, to protest the proposed cuts to public education. photo by: ryan parry

: ∏ Student protestors hold signs and raise their voices against the proposed cuts to public education in downtown Raleigh May 1 . ∏ A member of the May Day protest raises her fist and yells as she marches toward Moore Square on May 1. : ∏ May Day protestors carry signs protesting tuition hikes as they march photo by ryan parry

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downtown on May 1. photo by: ryan parry

About 200 people gAthered At the N.C. StAte Bell Tower on May 1 to march through downtown Raleigh in protest of various conservative policies, including the Governor’s proposed $139 million in cuts to the UNC System. Organized by the N.C. Student Power Union, most protesters at the May Day protest were N.C. State students and professors. Students from other universities across North Carolina also joined, but all had the same mission: making their voices heard.  “This [turnout] is great,” N.C. State alumnus Andrew Payne said. “It’s how students affect change, by turning out and showing up.”  Payne traveled from New York City, where he currently attends Columbia University, to attend the May Day protest in Raleigh. “Sometimes the only way to affect change is to show up on [our politicians’] doorstep and bang on the door,” Payne said. In 2001, Payne, a former N.C. State student body president, organized a similar protest in which approximately 5,000 people marched against a proposed $125 million in cuts to the UNC System.   Molly McDonough, a freshman in women’s and gender studies, said she was frustrated with the governor, who she said thinks her major is “useless.” On April 29, police arrested McDonough in front of the N.C. General Assembly along with 17 other people protesting of voter ID bills. Back again two days later, McDonough said that given the rainy weather, she was very happy with Wednesday’s turnout.  “I like that we’ve got students from all over the state,” McDonough said. “That’s what I’m most happy about.”  The group carried cardboard signs, drums and megaphones and migrated down Raleigh sidewalks, chanting against Art Pope, voter ID laws, tuition hikes and immigration policies.  Chants included “Hey, hey, ho, ho. Budget cuts have got to go,” and “Pope says cutback. We say fight back.”  After approximately 45 minutes of marching and

North Carolina Student Power Union The Student Power Union is a movement to fight back against the attacks on public education and all forms of oppression in the community. Members of the union believe that education should be free and accessible to all people and that it should empower them to take control of their lives. The union's vision is to join with all peoples engaged in a global struggle, in demanding a future for guaranteed respect, dignity and the right to lead a happy and fulfilling life. SoUrce:

chanting, the protesters — along with police escorting through Raleigh — arrived at the Civitas Institute, a think tank known as “North Carolina’s conservative voice.” The institute is owned by Art Pope and regularly publishes statements opposing big government and liberal ideology.   Students chanted in front of the building before Bryan Perlmutter, a senior in business administration and a member of the N.C. Student Power Union, rallied the group together.  “We will continue to raise these issues and continue to raise Art Pope until he gets out of education,” Perlmutter, who was also arrested Monday with McDonough, shouted into his megaphone.  After Perlmutter’s speech, the group marched to Moore Square.  In addition to the strong student presence, several professors came out to voice their opposition to the proposed conservative legislation. Among them was David Zonderman, the chairman-elect for N.C. State’s faculty senate.  Zonderman said he was happy with the turnout and reiterated that it was very important for students to speak up.  Dick Reavis, an associate professor of English at N.C. State, had only one comment about the protest. “It’s about time.”

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Henry Alvarez, production floor and casting supervisor, and employee Eric Amaya enters the factory every day at 5 a.m. to begin the casting process. When large orders such as Texas A&M’s Ring Days come in, Henry often works close to 12 hours a day, following each batch as it moves from casting to completion. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and when you go over [to A&M] and see the students getting a ring and you see tears in their eyes, it’s priceless,” Henry said. A precise amount of gold alloy that corresponds to each individual tree flask is melted at 1,780 degrees Fahrenheit. The ring flask is attached to a gasket beneath the molten metal and is vacuum sealed before the metal is poured into the space previously occupied by the wax tree. After the metal cools for at least 20 minutes, the flask is power washed, broken with a hammer and sandblasted to reveal a tree of dull, off-grey rings worth upwards of $10,000. The rings are then cut off the branches and moved back to the production line. There they are pebbled, polished and inspected individually by a series of fine tools and craftsmanship to gain their gold luster. While each Aggie Ring carries the same design, they each have individual characteristics because hand-craftsmanship plays a large role at Balfour’s factory. Nowhere else was this more apparent than the “pebbling” along the bottom of each ring. Richard Hernandez is one of three craftsmen who etched the pebbles on every Aggie Ring. “We take great pride in doing A&M rings,” Hernandez said. “I’ve been here for 38 years and I’ve done thousands of them and I always put 100 percent effort into them. Every time we get a group, we try to make them better and better and better.”


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After pebbling, cleaning, polishing and other handcrafting, the student’s name is engraved inside the ring by a fine-tuned machine before it passed through a final quality assurance point. Donna Hebert’s family has a long history with Balfour and the rings they made. Her grandmother, two sisters and a brother worked at the original Massachusetts plant and she came to Texas with the factory when it moved in 1997. Hebert has final say on every Aggie Ring the factory produced and personally inspects each one. Every symbol on the ring was scrutinized and even the individual antiquing shades between the eagle and other symbols had to be just right before earning approval. Once Hebert gives her approval, the rings are packaged and shipped to The Association of Former Students, where they go through another quality inspection before finally resting on a student’s hand on Ring Day. For the Balfour team, the behind-the-scenes care that goes into making each Aggie Ring is more than worth it because of the unique place they hold in Texas A&M’s tradition. For Collier, making the rings is personal — although he is a Texas State alumnus, his wife graduated with the Aggie class of 1978 and his son is a freshman at A&M studying biomedical engineering. “It’s one thing to walk up and get your ring from the president of a university, but to have your mom, your dad, your grandfather, your great-grandfather give your ring to you right there,” Collier said. “I can’t wait to give my son his. To be able to walk his ring through this factory and then to give it to him, it’s going to be a very special ring.” S TO RY B Y JO H N R A N GE L | PH O TO GRAPH Y B Y SH E LB Y KN O W LE S & DAV I D CO H E N


RICHARD HERNANDEZ “pebbles” the underside of an Aggie Ring (left). An Aggie Ring is smoothed and polished at a station on the production floor (middle). Completed rings are placed in their boxes prior to shipment after a final quality assurance check (right).


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AGGIELAND Texas A&M University


College Station, Texas Adviser Bob Wegener Editor Ashley Hilderbrandt Representative Ryan Almon

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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia Adviser Kristi Shackelford Editor Haley Lambert Representative Sarah Lockwood

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Baylor University

Waco, Texas Advisers Paul Carr & Julie Freeman Editor Derek Byrne Representative Jim Anderson

integrated presentation I think for us it really came down to an intense dedication to integrating story, photo and design elements to create a cohesive work of media art. It was really important to me and to my editorial board that everyone be involved throughout the entire process of creating the book. Every aspect of its creation was a team effort and everything was team edited. This cut down on mistakes and constantly introduced fresh ideas and different perspectives. Haley Lambert ‘14 editor James Madison University

different perspective The theme for the 2014 Ibis yearbook, “View through the U,” is a journey of perspective. All ‘Canes grow and change from their first step on campus as freshmen to their return as alumni for homecoming. Their time at the University of Miami has changed their views, Students received the book with a pair of glasses that match those worn by the Ibis mascot, Sebastian. FUN STUFF! Holly Bensur ‘16 editor University of Miami

traditions & trends

The 2014 Round Up staff carefully combined their modern journalism skill with the traditional goals of a university yearbook to create a publication that will captivate the audience for years to come. To tell the stories of the year at Baylor University in a relevant and lasting way, staff members discussed design trends, analyzed social media clips and considered coverage of important topics on a daily basis. Derek Byrne ‘14 editor Baylor University

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CONGRATULATIONS! JEA Distinguished Yearbook Adviser 2014 Kristi Rathbun, CJE Rock Canyon High School Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Kristi Rathbun, CJE advises the Black & Gold yearbook at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she has helped media students achieve state and

national success in student publications - from yearbook to newspaper to online. Her students have earned Pacemaker and All-American awards from NSPA and Crown and Gold Medalist awards from

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CSPA, in addition to multiple Best of Show honors at JEA Conventions. Rathbun currently serves as the Colorado JEA State Director and was selected as the CHSPA Adviser of the year in 2012. Rathbun

speaks at national and state conventions and workshops helping students and their adviers build solid programs in multiple media platforms.

We start with foundational elements – storytelling, photography, design, writing, editing. The basics need to be second nature for everyone. Then we play. We make lists of the “ have to’s” and the “want to’s.” We let go of everything we’ve done before and brainstorm our most fresh and fun ideas. Every book is as unique as the combination of students who produce it, and that changes every year. We like to be original, but we always come back to the basics. Kristi Rathbun Rock Canyon High School


Kristen Scott, CJE Kealing Middle School Kealing, Texas

Kristen Scott advises The Vespa yearbook for Kealing Middle School in Austin, Texas. In just four short years, she has taken The Vespa from a picture book to a nationally award-

with a number of individual awards in the Texas University Interscholastic League including a Bronze star in 2014. Her most recent publication earned a CSPA Gold Medal and Crown

winning publication. Scott’s students have earned recognition from NSPA, CSPA and JEA, including Crown awards and JEA Best in Show honors. In addition, The Vespa has been honored

nomination as well as an All American Ranking with 5 marks of distinction from NSPA. Scott has spoken at national & state conventions and workshops.

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A Science GROSS ANATOMY A little grossed out with the cat dissection, Ethan Marks (6) makes a face in Mr. Slapak's Animal Studies class. Dissections are just one of the bonuses of a class like Animal Studies. "I had never seen the insides of any animal so it was cool learning about the different parts of mammals with an interactive experiment," Ethan said.

RIBBIT, RIBBIT Working as a team, Jaden SantosLevinson (7), Cristian Castro (7) and Alberto Gonzalez (7) cut open their frog. Looking inside of a frog, allows students the opportunity to see first-hand how various body systems function to gain a better understanding of biology. Photo by

SIXTH GRADE SCIENTISTS 1. Not all learning takes place in the lab. In Mr. Johnson's class, Nemo Castillo (6) and Alex Valasquez (6) use the computers to track down valuable information. Photo by Ella Gross 2. Tinkering with her time project, Richa Boppuri (6) tests it's capabilities. Photo by Astrid Torres-Johnson 3. Making final adjustments and measurements, Yo Seb Cha (6) prepares to demonstrate how his project works. Photo by Astrid Torres-Johnson 4. Taking notes, Serfronia Peeples (6) and Kay Villarreal (6) study about oil, as they work in their science spirals. Photo by Ella Gross

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ANIMAL STUDY During dissections in Animal Studies, Zoey Kemp, Ellen Fritz, and Sonoma Camozzi work in groups to further investigate the anatomy of the animal. In this elective, during cat dissections students see organs including the heart and gull bladder. Occasionally the cats are pregnant and there’s a litter in the womb. “I never thought I would do a dissection because I’m a vegetarian, but when I tried it was fun and I learned a lot!” said Harriet Butler (7)




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3 EIGHTH GRADERS RAISE THE BAR The paper clip lab in Mr. Barton's class shows students Gaby Fagelman (8) and Grace Olwell (8) how cohesive water is. Photo by Jane Walters Working as a group, Jose Vargas Martinez (8), Fatima Flores (8) and Dominic Simmons (8) complete an assignment in science. Photo by Audrey Sayer Greeting Mr. Cid's new pet rat in IPC are Alex Kashkein (8) and Ezan Arfi (8). Photo by Ethan Lim

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3 TOOLS OF THE TRADE Using the tweezers in the Plant Lab, Fiona Carolan (7) gets ready to get to work. Photo Photo by by Ella Ella Gross Gross In eighth grade science, Sarah Lucas (8) measures water using a test tube (7). Photo Photo by by Marcella Marcella Cannatti Cannatti Scalpel in hand, seventh grader Jose Castelan prepares to slice open his frog in Ms. Pogue's class. Photo Photo by by Astrid Astrid TorresTorres- Johnson Johnson

ustin is known for it's learn all about its body and how outdoor culture--with it worked. We looked at the liver, "WE LOOKED multiple hike and bike trails, brain and body systems. We have outdoor swimming holes and also been using a website called AT THE LIVER, a host of unique wildlife. And Learning Odyssey where we learn THE BRAIN, AND by watching videos, studied body while our teachers don't bring in roadrunners, armadillos systems, weather, and life science, BODY SYSTEMS." and rattlesnakes, they still ” said Dominic Simmons (7). found ways to acquaint us with Electives like Animal Studies - DOMINIC nature. further helped students grasp In Science, hands on work animals in the wild. "The field SIMMONS is tough, but it can also be fun. trip to the zoo was great because One of the rites of passage for we learned a lot about animal seventh grade science is dissection, and the anatomy, but he cat dissection was really dizziness and dry retching that comes with long, and a little gross. In the end it was it. But the pros of opening up a frog to see really fun!" Ellen Fritz (7) said. first-hand how he works definitely outweigh Through field trips and experiments, the cons. During dissections, students learn students got first-hand access to the science about biology and other concepts from class. of the city, and beyond. Story by Elena Venegoni, Abigail Daly, and Lucia Melendez “This year, we dissected a frog and got to

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Kealing Middle School PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION Listening to her teacher, Sarah Lightfoot listens carefully to Ms. Pogue's instruction. Getting background information it key to a successful lab. "This lab was really fun. We learned about how to classify bugs and their different characteristics," Sarah said. Photo by Ethan Lim


Kealing, Texas Adviser Kristen Scott Editors The Vespa Yearbook Staff Representative Morgan Tuggle

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CONGRATULATIONS! JEA Rising Star Yearbook Adviser 2014

The Vespa staff chose the theme KTX (Kealing, TX) to highlight our unique school community, one that draws students from all over the city of Austin. It was so well received, that by the time yearbooks came out, we had succeeded in rebranding our school. In addition, the staff selected coverage as our focus area for improvement. For example, we added spotlight segments entitled “local talent.” These features increased our coverage, showcased students and tied back to our theme. Kristen Scott

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CSPA Gold Crown NSPA Pacemaker Finalist The senior varsity cheerleaders ran the flags after every touchdown scored and before each half of the game. There were four flags, each embroidered with a different letter of MHS, as well as a mustang.

The varsity football players got hyped up before games in the new inflatable football helmet tunnel. The Booster Club raised money for the helmet, and it was set up by the Wranglers before every home game.

Introduced in 1965, Champ has appeared at every home game and pep rally since. His tail has been broken, and repaired at least three times and he was "horsenapped" by Stratford during the 2004-2005 football season.

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ho can forget shouting out "good things" in Mr. Zema’s freshman geography class? Sophomore year brought Mr. Lakin riding into the first pep rally of the year on Champ and girls fighting for the right to wear yoga pants. AP English in-class essays consumed juniors' weekdays, while Escalante's, SAT prep and Netflix filled their weekends. College applications complete, seniors opened their backpacks a little less frequently, gave their senior speeches and celebrated graduation with parties every weekend of second semester. Thirteen years of papers, projects, and friendships ended in a walk across the stage and a lifetime of memories.


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Houston, Texas Adviser Holly Hartman Editors Sarah Lanford & Kate Dukes Representative Lisa Schwartz

Pictured: Will Thompson, Coco Dichiara, Ashley Kight, Kasey Cunningham, George Matar, Michael Boyd, Fletcher Boyles, Joshua Cox, Benito Jee Hoon Lee Photos by Dahye Ok, Rome Herrera and Luke Sneed.


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Take Aim

Seed Spitting Takes Talent

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“We created a competition >> of who could spit the seeds the farthest. It was fun, and I believe I won. The technique to it is to spit harder, and you kind of have to lift your head up, too.” -Mantas Urniezius, 11

Go In With A Bang

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Texarkana, Texas Adviser Rebecca Potter

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“I enjoy Chemistry >> II AP. It has its downs, but I know it will help me after graduation. Mr. Harris definitely knows how to start the year up with a big bang.” -Austin Sewell, 12

Beware Of Popping Grease No Matter How You Slice It

>> “This year was my first year to fry bacon. Word of advice to future friers, the popping grease hurts! But, it was so much fun being with my friends and making memories.” -Vernicia Griffie, 12

“We were learning how to cut carrots and onions in Culinary >> Arts. I tried to do it, but it was harder than I thought. My partner made it look so easy, but now I’m a pro at it, too.” -Alana Bohanon, 12 c. clem

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>> “Money team is a group of students that want to be successful in life. I started it to be surrounded by positive people.” -Ben Gladney, 12

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“At the end of our Yerd workshop the upperclassmen get to sort of ‘initiate’ the sophomores. The way we do that is by throwing cupcakes and water balloons at the incoming little yerds.” -Jordan Rowe, 11




“I went to the UIL bowling get together. It was great seeing all the UIL teams and meeting new people. A few guys wanted to play pool; I won.” -Matthew Crawford, 11


Take Charge

We obviously want to make sure we are writing well, only using our best photos, following good design rules and quadruple checking grammar and spelling. A staff can have the best theme, the coolest, most innovative designs, crazy gimmicks, etc., but if the basics are lacking, none of that matters. We try to come up with fun, fresh themes, but the staff knows they still have to follow fundamental tenets of good journalism. You have to know the rules before you can break them. And there are some rules that can never be broken! Holly Hartman

125 sections

TRENDY concept

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Rocky Heights Middle School

When we realized that 2014 was an anniversary year, we knew we wanted to do something that would tell about our past but keep the primary focus on current events. “125 Lessons Learned” allowed us to do that. Our primary challenge was organization since we had to finalize the lessons at the beginning of the year. We used chart paper divided into 125 sections and Post-It notes to add lessons and topics. We had this displayed on the walls around the yearbook room. Rebecca Potter

Memorial High School

Show your

I challenged the yearbook staff to, “think differently,” as they reviewed several yearbooks with themes similar to our previous year’s book. We generated several ideas before creating, “Mash-Up,” a trending type of music which combines several songs into one. The analogy was the students in our building mashing together each day to form one student body.  We were also visually inspired by a Time magazine cover mashing numerous covers into one. Scott Melanson

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Savannah Wellman (8), Collette Haberland (8), and Claire Noyes (8) wear their superhero outfits for the Monday superhero spirit Photo by: Glen Coco day, Oct. 7.

Spirit at Rocky Heights runs through the hallways. Every year, spirit week takes place in which kids can show their spirit for each day of the week. It was also homecoming week for Rock Canyon, who came down to the RHMS gym to get our students to attend the annual football game.

#mondaysuperheros Girls are showing their spirit by wearing their favorite hoodies. Erin May (8), Ryan Burger (8), Lyla Padden (8), Madison Orgill (8), and Madison McMahon (8) all look "hooded out" on the play pad, Oct. 8. Photo by: Glen Coco

Photo by: Glen Coco

A Haunting

Rock Canyon High School students cram into the Rocky Heights Middle School gym, cheering, and listening to the roar of trumpets, drums, and other instruments greeting the middle school students. The high school students are getting RHMS ready for the Homecoming 2013 Varsity Football Game. A cheer grows within the gym, and suddenly shouts fill the air with excitement. "I think the pep rally got everyone ready and excited for the game," Taylor Chadwick (7).


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5. Lily Thomason (7), Caroline Frahm (7), and Megan Hassler (7), all show off their trendy hairstyles, Nov. 20.

Spread by: Sydney Manning and Charlotte Wright


"I like the artist, Lorde, because she's very inspirational and fun to listen to." -Jordan Sappenfield

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6. Shuwen Ong (6), shows off her simple and fashionable boots, most commonly known as Uggs. The halls are filled with girls in the famous boots, Nov. 20.

1. The Seeker teachers show off their Halloween spirit with outrageously creative costumes on Oct. 31.


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2. Joshua Nogajewski (7), Seth Lindsey (7), Austin Riley (7), and Preston Stratton (7) all pose before competing in their teams costume competition, Oct. 31.

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4. Nathan Heflebower (8) comes to school dressed as the King of Hearts, Oct. 31. Photo by: Charlotte Wright


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3. Lance Opp (7) shows his American spirit in his spontaneous red, white, and blue outfit. Even walking around school, Lance is totally decked out in American Spirit wear, Oct. 31.

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6. Avalon Kirby (7) dressed as sweet and innocent Minnie Mouse, most resembling her personality, Oct. 31

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Nike Elite socks. These socks are popular for their outrageous color combinations. Most kids wear them anywhere from school to the gym, Oct. 29.


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Wearing only the brightest colors in the spirit crayon box, Isabella Daboub (6), Emily Everds (6), Hailey Kurtic (6), and Nichole Loomis (6) show their excitePhoto by: Glen Coco ment for crayon spirit day, Oct. 9. #wednesdaycrayons

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' I like Snapchat because it's fun to send funny pictures to friends!" -Dylan Ontiveros Spirt


Highlands Ranch, Colorado Adviser Scott Melanson Editors Carlie McCrillis & Clara Krause Representative Rob Rathbun

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For us, it’s all the planning before the year begins that makes a huge difference in the book. We start in the spring looking at magazines for design inspiration and brainstorming themes that connect to our school and the upcoming year. In the summer, we tweak our ideas and designs, utilizing feedback from the instructors at camp. By the time school starts, we have a strong confidence in our theme and 20 to 30 designed spreads. Kel Lemons Rouse High School

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Rouse High School Leander, Texas Adviser Kel Lemons

Editors Cassie MacNeil-Brint, Bridget O’Malley,

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We did something we’d never done before – getting rid of long, formal stories. Our readers responded to our extended quote format, and that meant we could cover more students. It also opened up design options because we weren’t using big blocks of text. My editors created poster boards with the requirements of every single quote and caption. Staff members could go point-by-point making sure nothing was missing. And then we checked, double-checked and checked again to make sure we had it right. Whitney Leonard Little Rock Central High School

HIGH expectations

Yearbooks need to reflect the year they were published with content, design, and style. We owe it to our consumers to preserve the events of the year with specific details and photos. All of these elements are journalistic in nature. We are telling the story of the year with wow photography and well-written copy packaged to showcase the content. Set high expectations for students in a supportive learning environment and guide them to achieve those expectations. Accept nothing less. Lori Oglesbee McKinney High School

PURE PRIDE Cheering on the soccer teams, junior girls show their gold pride. “Cheering on different teams makes them feel better, especially if someone made a bad move in the game," Jordan Baldwin said. Photo by S. Herndon

nding the year on a high note, we kept Twitter and Instagram alive. Even when we left for the summer, we still had social media to keep us posted.

[clockwise] Pushing off the bench, freshman Cameron Johnson goes into the game. “Basketball has made me stay on top of my class work," Johnson said. Photo by S. Herndon // Concentrating, sophomore Cameron Thomas plans his next move. “Chess influenced me to think more logically about each move I make whether it's on the board or in class," Thomas said. // Pitching, senior Joey Abraham psyches out the competition. “Baseball has taught me to deal with failure. I can apply that to other things in school and life," Abraham said. Photo by S. Herndon // Grinning, junior Beth Norman shines in her gold. “All the school spirit this year made me feel like I was part of a community," Norman said. Photo by K. Rose

THE FINAL SHINE OF GOLD When our year winded down, summer couldn't be further away, but we never turned down. With a record five snow days and countless early dismissals and late starts, the final day of school got pushed back to June 11. For the

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first time we can remember, AP exams were moved back for underclassmen. The Winter Olympics brought pure pride to each of us as we supported our

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red, white, and blue when the team went for the gold. With a failing boys basketball season, we hoped for better from our softball, baseball, soccer,

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and track teams as their seasons promised more golden times. Our role in the community remained strong through our clubs. We started the year as we finished with pure gold shining strong in the crowded halls. As the crowded halls simmered down, and we took our final steps through the halls we all remembered that this year our souls filled and shined with pure gold.

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To wrap up the Boyd pep rally, juniors Alex Saleh, Shyann Frishman, Emily Bahr, Hayley Hoag, Lily Pesano and Sarah Harper sing the alma mater while holding up their Ls. “I like pep rallies because they’re fun,” Hayley said. “It’s cool to see when the whole school comes together and shows their school spirit.”

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For the home game against Irving Nimitz, junior Hayley Hoag, Sarah Harper, Lily Pesano and senior Anne Repp celebrate a touchdown with the junior Headhunters, Luke Lauterbach, Eli Jay and Reece Perry by doing the traditional touchdown pushups. The most pushups that the Headhunters had to do this season was 55, when playing against the Mansfield Broncos. “I love the atmosphere on Friday nights,” Lily said. “I like to lead the crowd.”


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Cheer for Laughs For the football game against Boyd, seniors Alex Westgarth and Sarah Green and junior Jessica Santos gather up to do the start the class chant. The cheerleaders and Headhunters do a group chant after every football game, win or lose. “I love cheering at football games,” Jessica said. “It’s fun when they play music in the student section.”



Representative Pamela Hopkins

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At the Boyd pep rally, senior Makenna Lancaster, junior Emily Bahr, senior Anne Repp and juniors Lily Pesano and Sarah Harper cheer while the seniors wear the T-shirts representing the college they will go to. The seniors all wore their college shirts for the senior night football game. “I love cheering,” Anne said. “It’s a way of making friends and meeting people who share the same interest as you.”

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At the last pep rally of the year, senior Makenna Lancaster and junior Shyann Frishman lead a cheer for the basketball game against Boyd. The cheerleaders wore pink shirts for their performance with the Marquettes. “My favorite thing about pep rallies the crowd and performing,” Makenna said. “We work really hard and the students and long practices make it all worth while.”


to keep hair looking voluminous.

Pretty in Pink

to pull hair back.

POM POMS are a necessity for every game they cheer.


Kendra Murphy

Teasing combs to get the high bump.

LOTION to keep legs from looking dry.

Giovanni Sabala Giovanni Sabala

New cheer coaches bring experience, energy to both cheer squads



The cheerleaders gained a fresh perspective from the new, fresh out of college coaches Jerra Richardson and Shelby Hirt. Coach Richardson and Coach Hirt, both recent college graduates and college cheerleaders, helped raise the cheer team to a more professional, collegiate level. “We have gotten a lot closer, especially varsity,” senior McKenzie Makovec said. “We have more knowledge on how to do stunts and how to get the crowd more involved. They help us with our stunts and have all these ideas that she learned from Baylor.” Coach Richardson and Coach Hirt, according to sophomore Kortni Johnson, were easy to relate to because of their age. “Some of your teachers are more like your parents,” Kortni said. “They’re hard to

relate to because they’re so much older, but it was easy to relate to our coaches.” Along with more experience, the new coaches brought a deeper understanding to the high school cheer experience. “Working with someone closer to my age is a lot easier because they can relate to you more and they know what you’re going through,” McKenzie said. “They understand how important school work is. They don’t schedule practices during exam week because they know how important that is.” After years of cheering the same cheers and chanting the same chants, according to sophomore Nicole Tachie, the new coaches brought a new, fresh style. “They really changed up our style of cheer leading,” Nicole said. “In the past,

Shake It Up

On the sideline of the game against Mansfield Legacy, seniors Lynda Lilly, Anne Repp, juniors Emily Bahr, Hayley Hoag and Sarah Harper cheer for the student section with their teammates. The cheerleaders learned five new cheers for sporting events to get the crowd more involved. “I love school spirit,” Lynda said. “And I love to cheer on our teams.”

we’ve been doing the same old things over and over, so they really tried to change up what we’re doing so we’re not doing the same old cheers and chants and whatnot.” To accomplish their transition to a new style of cheer team, Kortni said, the coaches pushed the team to be better both as cheerleaders and people. “They push us, definitely,” Kortni said. “‘Go do this, go do that.’ But it’s not mean, it’s motivational. They make cheer about more than just the yells. They make it about our leadership skills and our teamwork. They make us work hard, but at the same time we have a lot of fun. Our coaches really make it a fun environment for us, which is really what helps us get our work done.” by Kate Rosso and Ben Johnson

The Lion

McKinney High School


McKinney, Texas Adviser Lori Oglesbee Editors Lauren Frazier & Sydney Sabetpour Representative Jim Anderson

National FinalistS


CSPA Silver Crown

elements 27 spring 2015

CSPA Silver Crown

THEIR TAKE: If you could be any character in British Literature, who would you be?


Left: Sophomore Brittany Tovar discussess with her teacher, Tracy Walder, her United States Government research paper, which discussed affirmative action and diversity and their importance in universities today. Walder instituted a sophomore year reasearch paper to provide a way for students to become more confident in their writing skills before the Junior Research Paper. Below: Dr. Carrie Currier describes China’s political and economic situation to an Espionage class.

US Humanities


Mary Margaret Hancock ‘14:



Dallas, Texas Adviser Ana Rosenthal Editors Kendall Ernst & Katya Lopatko Representative Mickey Mehrens

Above: Senior Avery Haugen and Maddie Bradshaw debate the best way to involve the United States in Syria, shortly after the United Nations confirmed the gas attacks in 2013. In addition to covering the Syria conflict, Walder’s Espionage class disected the corrupted government of North Korea. Far left: Senior Tiffany Le sifts through pictures of past Hockaday dances in the archives.

I realized there are so many nooks and CRANNIES TO THE SCHOOL, AND I’VE only fallen more in love with the school because I know it

better now, especially before I leave.


{ Upper School Humanities }

photo by Jullia Bautista

NSPA Pacemaker Finalist

Loose Talk girls’ volleyball fundraises for equipment and uniforms

After their game, the volleyball team went to Yogurtland for a fundraiser. “I really enjoyed this fundraiser because we were able to become closer as a team while raising money and being productive,” freshman Antonella Mantovani said. “Also, it was nice to be able to hang out with my team without having to go to practice, be serious, and be focused on volleyball. I had a great time

laughing with my friends on the team and not feeling pressured to do our best,” Montovani said. The frosh team ate frozen yogurt for an hour during the fundraiser. “I loved being able to eat my favorite yogurt while bonding with my teammates. It was so nice to relax and enjoy ourselves after a long game,” freshman œ‘•Ž¢ȱŒ‘ž•ĵȱȱœŠ’ǯȱ The fundraiser gave the team a chance to know each other.

For the Record “I like food day since we get to eat a variety ˜ȱ’ěȱŽ›Ž—ȱ˜˜œǰȱ but I think it’s too expensive for such Šȱ•’Ĵȱ•ŽȱŠ–˜ž—ȱ˜ȱ food. Also, the lines are super long and it takes the whole lunch to actually get some food.” -Wesley Anderson, 11

“Food day is awesome. I get to eat all my favorite foods at school. It’s nice having them all in one place at the same time. The only downside is that I have to wait in long lines, but in the end it’s worth it.” -Alejandra PerezLima, 09

food day allows clubs to fundraise

“There “There was was one one time time when when II went went to to food food day day and and by by the the time time me me and and my my friends friends got got to to the the front front of of the the line, line, they they ran ran out out of of food. food. ItIt was was aggravating aggravating to to have have waited waited in in line line for for such such aa long long time time Š—ȱ—˜ȱŽĴ Š—ȱ—˜ȱŽĴȱ’—ȱŠ—¢ȱ ȱ’—ȱŠ—¢ȱ food food at at all.” all.” --Madison Madison Ramirez, Ramirez, 10 10

Photo by Samuel Borda

Double Trouble Junior Tesla Hernandez and sophomore Jill Young enter as the twins from The Shining. “When we were watching a scary movie on Friday the 13th, we saw the twins and instantly knew what we were going to be for Halloween,” Hernandez said.

Lily Sumrow ‘16:

I would love to be Elizabeth Bennet. Despite her prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s independence, intelligence, and passion make her a very compelling character ( Mr. Darcy is an added bonus ).

Joy Nesbitt ‘17:

I would be Sherlock Holmes because his perceptive abilities allow him to both see and retain facts and information that many people wouldn’t be able to find. Although some people hate him due to his quick wit, I appreciate it because he is easily able to outsmart other people.


Photos by Ashton Gillespie

I would be Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet. He’s one of my favorite characters because he was hilarious and witty and as brave as I wish I could be. He had a sharp intellect but did not let it hinder him, and he fought for what he believed in.

of papers written, on average, by each Upper School student by graduation.

photos by by Rebecca Rebecca Cruz Cruz photos

The Hockaday School

Katie Mimini ‘15:

I would be Julia from 1984. She rebels against the accepted norm, Big Brother. Even though her rebellion is extremely dangerous, she still manages to have a great time. She is pragmatic, lives in the moment, and makes the best of her life.

Knowing this would be the first and last class she would teach on the subject, Dr. Deborah Moreland wanted to make this class unforgettable. The Centennial Project focused on delving into the history of Hockaday to understand how the school has evolved over time and how cultural focuses have influenced the growth of the school. Students learned how to archive objects and use them for research. They also designed miniexhibits in pairs, showcasing a topic about Hockaday or the school’s founder Ela Hockaday. In addition, students chose more in-depth topics to explore and develop an article about. “I loved seeing weeks of my research packaged together for the Hockaday Magazine...knowing that thousands of Hockadaisies read it was really awesome,” senior Tiffany Le said. .

Little Details Oct. 5-8 fall break

27% vacation


Inside Story

Junior Kristen Hollingsworth talks about Roots

65% stay at home 8% out of state

250 students surveyed

“Over fall break, I went to Pine Mountain Club. My friend Becca and I go there every year along with family to relax and explore nature. We stayed in a cabin in the middle of nowhere and all there was to ˜ȱ Šœȱ‘’”ŽǯȱŽȱ‘’”Žȱ˜ —ȱŠ›ȱŽ—˜ž‘ȱ˜ȱęȱ—ȱŠȱ œ›ŽŠ–ȱ‘ŠȱŽŸŽ—žŠ••¢ȱ•Žȱ˜ȱŠȱ•’Ĵȱ•Žȱ˜ —ȱ ‘Ž›Žȱ¢˜žȱ can shop for souvenirs.” -Jacqueline Victoria, 09

Photo by Zoe Lozano

Mexican Fiesta As an inside joke with her friends, freshman Tani Shimizu dresses as a stereotypical Mexican. “I thought that it would be funny since everybody thinks that I’m Mexican, but in reality, I am actually Peruvian,” Shimizu said.

What do you like about the club? “Since I’m a Christian, I’ve always wanted to have a place to go on campus to fellowship and learn more about God’s word. I like going every week because I like the ’ěȱŽ›Ž—ȱœ™ŽŠ”Ž›œȱ‘Šȱ are all engaging and ȱ•’”Žȱ‘Ž’›ȱ’ěȱŽ›Ž—ȱ testimonies.”

What was it like being on the leadership team? “I have been in leadership for one and a half years and it has been really fun, challenging, and rewarding. I enjoy going to meetings and I look forward to going to them every Friday.”

Going G-old for the

Halloween rally brings opportunities to compete

During brunch, the costume contest allowed students to compete in a race and dress up in anything from babies to ninja turtles.

Sword & Shield Saugus High School

Saugus, California Adviser Christina Tolisano Editors Soleil Borda & Andi-Erin Inmon Representative Naomi Rowland elements 28 spring 2015

Photo by Veronica Manuel

Cheering on the Members The crowd cheers to vote for the costume they like best. “My team and I were œ’Ĵȱ’—ȱ˜Ž‘Ž›ȱŒ‘ŽŽ›’—ȱ for costumes that we liked. My favorite costume was the Jake from State Farm costume,” freshman Reilly Charles said.

“I have been dirt bike riding since I was three, so about 11 years. I don’t do it competitively, but just for fun.” - Dylan Smith, 09

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Canes for Everyone Entering the costume contest as an old couple, seniors Noah Maynard and Ashley Manley win overall best costume.

BEING AN OLD MAN: “It was kind of weird to act like an old man all day because people kept staring at me and I was late to most of my classes since I was walking slow because of my walker,” senior Noah Maynard said. FIRST EXPERIENCE:ȱȃ‘Žȱęȱ›œȱ’–Žȱ ȱ Ž—ȱ˜ȱ the Halloween rally, I thought I would join the contest, but I was too afraid. Maybe I will join next year,” freshman Camille Althen said. PARTICIPATING IN THE RALLY: “I enjoyed being able to participate in the games that ASB planned. I do not even know how they think of œžŒ‘ȱ˜˜ȱŠ–Žœȱ˜ȱ™•Š¢ǯȱŽȱ‘Šȱ˜ȱęȱ—ȱ™Ž˜™•Žȱ who were dressed in orange,” sophomore Dennis Fryer said. IN THE CROWD: “Watching the rally, I thought it was cool how they [ASB] incorporated everyone into the event. By being able to vote for which costume we liked best, we were all able to all participate,” freshman Shania Castro said.

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Student Life: October Page by Jullia Bautista


CSPA Gold Crown NSPA Pacemaker Finalist



& AFTER “I always wear my owl necklace around my neck. Owls have a sentimental value to me because it gives me a sense of security and calmness.�

HUNTER HARWICK 9 Photo: Edie Monceaux

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LANE IRMEN 9 & JUSTIN FISH 9 Photo: Jessica Richardson

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By spring, freshmen adjust to high school course load

p,DGGHGGLƪHUHQWPDWHULDOVWRSODVPD cells to see if they divide faster and reverse transcribed RNA to see if a certain gene was expressed. Although it was hard work, it was still worth it.� CHARLOTTE DEERE 9

organization skills ASHTON POTTER


similar interests ZOE ARANA



Course: English I Pre-AP Quest

Course: AP Human Geography

I usually use dividers for each RIP\FODVVHVVRWKDW,FDQƏQG papers quickly. I’ve also used a planner in middle school but now since grades are much PRUHLPSRUWDQW,ƏQGP\VHOI constantly checking my planner to make sure I’m staying on top of things.

Geometry is a challenge compared to algebra because WKHFRXUVHLVGLĆŞHUHQW<RXKDYH to learn about all the shapes, angles and properties in order to solve a problem. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m stuck on a problem I think the best solution is to go to tutorials and ask for help. The teachers are really nice and supportive and they will re-teach the material for your understanding.

The workload is a little bit more challenging, but I like how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more structured. Before we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus too much on interpreting books and plays as in-depth. We also learn how to embed quotes in our essays and about literary terms and SAT words to prepare for next year.

Study habits Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from this class is to be very detailed and to keep your notes to the point. I was motivated to take it because I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could handle an AP course.

We get into groups with students who have similar teachers to remind each other to do homework and ask each other for help on the assignments. I like the summary portion of the Cornell notes because it makes you recap what you learned in class.

my moment

ACE class has taught me to be more open-minded, not afraid to ask questions and to just make the best of your freshman year.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got involved in theater in sixth grade and found my passion for it. I really love all the people because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mostly my friends, and we enjoy spending time with each other. Theater is just my life, and I love every aspect of it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m usually behind the scenes because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a part of tech theater but I like running errands for people. This whole experience has made me PRUHFRQĆŹGHQWDERXWP\VHOIDQG to care less about what others think of me. Sometimes people are going to tell you that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it but through theater, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned that you can. It gives you a chance to know yourself and to express it.â&#x20AC;? HALANI HARBER 9

There are lots of projects that we work on in class like the Pythagorean spiral and kite projects. These are fun and easy to get a good grade if you try. There is lots of information to remember but once you get the KDQJRILWLWoVQRWWKDWGLĆŻ   FXOW I would always make sure you understand your notes so that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get behind.

I really liked reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raisin In the Sunâ&#x20AC;? because it was a script. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a theater kid so it was interesting for me to read about characters in a play. I think the most important thing to remember is to always be on top of things and to manage time wisely. It helps to read lots of books to get familiar ZLWKGLĆŞHUHQWJHQUHVRUHOVHLW would be easy to get behind in the class.

I take it step by step by completing my notes, smaller assignments and then the bigger projects. The process takes hours every week but it has really taught me to manage my time wisely. ,IHHOOLNHWKHUHDUHGHĆŹQLWH EHQHĆŹWV to this class although the workload and tests are hard. Taking this course as a freshman prepares me for upcoming AP classes that I will have to take in the future anyways. My advice would be to work hard and have fun.







â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sight reading is fun. Whenever I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it right I have a chance to make it better.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to play in front of hundreds of SHRSOHWRVKRZRĆŞ what you know.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like watercolor because you can form it into something you really want to create.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most mentally taxing sports to play, but I like the challenge.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love everything about dance. I love expressing emotions and telling my story.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like being able to help out back stage by making sure everything goes smoothly.â&#x20AC;?








FLYING AWAY On March 17, freshman Holyce Phalan watches her kite soar through the air during Venice Plummerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seventh period geometry class. The VWXGHQWVKDGWRĆŽ\WKHNLWHIRUDWOHDVW PLQXWHVp,oPJODGP\NLWHĆŽHZVXFFHVVIXO ly. The weather was nice and breezy too,â&#x20AC;? Phalan said. Photo: Jessica Richardson

yourself Freshman explore their true passions and interests.

2.6.14-2.7.14 Feb. 6



Feb. 6 COMPETITION â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was actually at Magnolia, Houston for a swim meet from Thursday to Saturday while everyone else was had their two-hour delayed school day.â&#x20AC;?

Feb. 6 DELAY

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the long weekend, I went to Hobby Lobby to buy materials for my DECA board. The State competition is Feb. 20-22, and I wanted to make my presentation more professional.â&#x20AC;?


CREATIVE planning

The planning period is as important as the production periodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if not more. By the end of the school year, the newly appointed editors-inchief are already working on ideas and concepts for the following yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. By the time school starts in late August, the staff is organized and ready to follow the editorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vision. To be creative and innovative we need time; ideas need to percolate before achieving their highest potential. Ana Rosenthal The Hockaday School




The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games begin.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to playing the last season with all these guys that we have been constantly practicing with all year long, building friendships that will last a lifetime,â&#x20AC;? senior John Swartz said.

Feb. 7 SCIENCE FAIR â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited for regionals competition. My goal is to make it to state,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Vinayika Papineni said.

Feb. 7 ROAD TRIP â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family decided to drive to Disneyland over the weekend which took a total of 21 hours. It was still really cool,â&#x20AC;? senior Calvin Woods said.






The Lonestar

Vista Ridge High School

Cedar Park, Texas Adviser Jamie Ray Editors Abby Broekhuizen & Katie Na Representative Morgan Tuggle



Saugus High School

Vista Ridge High School

To find design inspiration the staff uses Pinterest, magazines and other yearbooks. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to copy the designs, we improve and adapt them. We take a simple design element and make it our own, because we would rather set trends than follow them. The editors use Pantone to get a feel for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s color trends and for free downloadable fonts. Hannah Peterson â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 editor

With â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progressâ&#x20AC;? we tried to tell the story of the year from start to finish. Secondary coverage allowed us to include more students and tell more stories, sometimes using short snippets in the place of traditional copy. We also ran a timeline through the book to highlight major events and incorporate social media posts. Using a Google sheet helped us keep track of who was used and where.â&#x20AC;&#x2039; Jamie Ray

National FinalistS


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started softball when I was young, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing it since. It pushes me to be better each time. The team is like my second family because we have fun and share memories together.â&#x20AC;? MADDISON COLLINS 9

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organic CONCEPT

all the chalkboard-style font design that was going on in advertising and magazines at the time. She gathered all sorts of examples on a Pinterest board that served as design inspiration. The whole-book link (or “mod box”) running along the bottom or top of the pages, helped the staff achieve two goals: chronicle every aspect high school life through student quotes, polls, fast facts, and other quick reads; cover every student at least three times. Photos and quotes for the “mod box” were gathered when students came to pick up their schedules before school started. Bernadette Cranmer

We meet several times over the summer to develop the theme of the next book. The theme for the 2014 yearbook emerged from a discussion about the identity of our school. The staff was talking about how Granite Bay HS is perceived by others versus how we perceive it. An editor told a story about being part of a club soccer team with athletes from four area schools. A girl was in the stereotyping GBHS when the editor asked her, “Do you want to know who we really are?” That was the “aha” moment for the editors. The design inspiration came from our editor-in-chief’s love of

Granite Bay High School

CSPA Silver Crown



NSPA Pacemaker Finalist

WHETHER IT CAME FROM watching the game, hearing about it from a friend, or wanting to try something fun and new, rugby players were drawn to the sport. “My friend Sam Cusano told me about rugby, and then I watched a couple of the games and was just very intrigued,” sophomore Reed Homen said. Sophomore Aidan Born started playing rugby because the football season was over. “My friend Jagger [Madeiros] wanted me to play rugby with him. I did it to stay in shape for football, but it turns out rugby is ten times better than football,” Born said. He wasn’t the only American football player to check out the sport. “I’ve played football my whole life, and I wanted to try something new, but at the same time somewhat similar,” sophomore Jake Van Order said In another player’s case, he continued on because of family. “It looked like a lot of fun and my brothers played so then I wanted to play it, too,” freshman Jon Rogers said. Family also motivated freshman Tank Tonda to sign up. “My dad played when he was in college and I started playing in sixth

Gaining meters After taking the ball off the back of the ruck in a game against the Sacramento Eagles, junior Nick Dumke tries to gain a few meters and pull defenders in. One of his favorite parts of rugby was that he got to play both offense and defense. Once, he was tackling an opponent, but another player’s head whipped around and hit him in the nose, breaking it. That didn’t deter him. “I think people like the continuous game because it never stops,” he said. Photo by Hannah Bociek

Rugby players share the same interests in all aspects of the game on and off of the field grade,” Tonda said. No matter how long a player was on the team, they were accepted into the group and quickly gained a strong bond with teammates. “We all see each other five days a week for several months. We have a lot of first-year players also, and it doesn’t take long for them to be a part of the team,” Born said. The friendships - which included people from other schools - wasn’t only kept within their team, though. “The best part is that it’s such a gentlemen’s sport. We all have respect for the game. You’re not playing it just to play, and that’s what makes it so different than other sports like football. Two teams can go on the field hating each other, and then, after the game, we’re hanging out on the field and getting food together,” Rogers said. It wasn’t just the friendships the players liked about the sport though; it also had a lot to do with the games. “I like it because it’s a team sport, where football has a lot of individual strength. You can’t be selfish in rugby,” Born said. You couldn’t worry about pain either. “I broke a kid’s sternum and knocked a kid out because I got the ball, and I put my head down and ran right into his chest,” Tonda said. The action during the games was also sophomore Sam Cusano’s favorite part of being a rugby player. “I look forward to the games the most because I like knocking fools,” Cusano said. The sport required toughness. “There’s a lot of joking around but when we need to be serious, we get serious,” Tonda said. Story by Hannah Bociek

1. Run the ball In a game against Sierra Foothills, varsity tries to stop the runner. Both JV and varsity teams had players from several schools. “It’s a good program and a lot of guys are getting into it,” freshman JV lock Andrew Bergfalk said. Photo by Zach Boyle


2. Gator Roll During practice, senior Xavier Hunter does a rucking technique called a gator roll. “I like practice because we’re really focused, organized, and we get work done,” Hunter said. Photo by Zach Boyle


3. Drive it forward

Ursus survey of 87 students

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“If I could talk to anyone for one hour it would be John Lasseter, Pixar’s President, because I want to work for Disney or Pixar.” Hannah Sides ‘17


Taco Bell and cats are the loves of my life. Amanda Hatch ‘15

5. Practice makes perfect 6. Kicking for points At practice, junior John Veth gets set up to practice a gator roll. The week of this practice, the team played the Sacramento Eagles at home and then the Cougars in Fair Oaks, and beat them both. Photo by Zach Boyle



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4. Stand your ground

To make a tackle, junior Sterling Hulsebus has to stand his ground. “I like the game because everyone gets to touch the ball and have an opportunity to score and make big plays,” Hulsebus said. Photo by Hannah Bociek


“Something new I tried this year was dirt biking.”

Ben Pavik ‘15

I like orange chicken and french fries. Brad Netherby ‘16

After the team scores a try against the Sacramento Eagles, senior Matt Rogers kicks for points. “My favorite part about kicking for points is that those points mean a lot to the final score,” Rogers said. Photo by Hannah Bociek


of students have a few close friends RATHER than a big group of friends


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To keep up his endurance, freshman Eyad Mansour runs at practice. In his fourth year on the team, he played eight man, a specialist position that required toughness and brought him a lot of scoring opportunities. “Hitting is the best part of the game,” Mansour said. Photo by Zach Boyle

Granite Bay High School

Granite Bay, California Adviser Bernadette Cranmer Editor Kristy Luong Representative Shelly Townsend



EMBRACE mistakes

Students own our book. They write, photograph, and design everything. That includes the cover and endsheets as well as the mug shots and senior portraits. We embrace mistakes and failure because we can’t get to excellence without them. We laugh at ourselves (including the adviser). A lot. We are obsessed with details. Nothing goes in the book that we can’t relate in some way to the theme. We’re not afraid to throw out an idea that isn’t working. We work hard. We eat lots of pizzas and fajitas. David Graves

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Catherine Mackin ’25, Nate Crossman ’25 | photo Tatiana Lopez

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Parents’ Day dancers conquer nerves

When I was waiting to do the dance, I just wanted to do it and let it be done… just finish it. —Katya Lopez ’21 Since I’ve done the sword dance before I was pretty confident. I felt sort of uncomfortable at the start of the dance, but once I got started I was fine. —Caleb King ’20 I was happy at the end because my mom and my grandma gave me flowers. —Grace Crumley ’25 I love performing in front of people, and I don’t really get nervous when I perform in front of them. —Caroline Mackin ’21 I was happy because I didn’t mess up, but I felt nervous beforehand. —Sania Petties ’21 All those eyes staring at me felt kind of creepy. —Elsie Wire ’25


“All I was thinking was ‘Don’t mess up, don’t mess up,” Greyson Philippovic ’20 said. Being a sixth-grade fill-in for Parents’ Day could be a stressful experience. “We only got like a few weeks to learn the dance,” Brandon Aultman ’20, another fill-in, said. “But I didn’t mess up on the steps.” For the boys and girls who had been preparing all year for this performance, there were even more nerves. “I was excited to do the sword dance, but I felt kinda nauseous,” Emma Phillips ’21 said. Emma Phillips ’21 | photo Alex Aultman It wasn’t just remembering the steps that was difficult; dancing with a member of the opposite sex could be just as hard. “Dancing with boys is disgusting and talking to them is really awkward for me,” Claire Lane ’21 said. “One girl got really nervous and squinted her eyes and put her hair in front of her face,” Greyson said. “It was pretty awkward.” Once they got out and started performing, though, the nerves went away. “I was nervous at the beginning but then I realized that there are a bunch of other people doing it too, and the parents are looking at your faces so they don’t pay attention to your feet anyway,” Hunter Hart ’21 said. The dancers got through with only a few mistakes and closed with the traditional lines. “Thank you for dancing with me.” “It was my pleasure.” story Francesca Gloor | layout Daniel Graves

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Sebastian Arguelles ’25, Elsie Wire ’25 | photo Alex Aultman


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