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Portfolio 2012 Kayla Combs


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KAYLA COMBS

4521 Lenmore Street, Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672

OBJECTIVE To learn and improve upon skills that will help the Legend yearbook become the best that it can be and win more awards. EDUCATION Completed three years at Boone High School Graduation date: June 2013 GPA 3.86

EXPERIENCE Yearbook Staff Member, Boone High School • Aug 2010 - present. Wrote stories, took pictures and interviewed people. Legend Yearbook Business Manager, Boone High School • Aug 2010 - 2011. Wrote receipts, deposits, and helped in the distribution of the books. Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Boone High School • Present - June 2013. Created theme and layouts, edited staffers pages and writings, handled parents and their opinions, over saw the production of the entire book, interviewed people, took pictures, wrote stories and helped distribute books. Mission Fuge • Summers of 2007 - present. Went into inner city of southern states to minister to kids about the love of Jesus Christ. RELEVANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDIES Journalism 1, English 1 Honors, English 2 Honors, Advanced Placement Language HONORS, AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS • Junior National Honor Society Member, at Howard Middle (2007-2008) • National Honor Society Member (2012-present) • Varsity Soccer (2009-present) • National Scholastic Press Association: Pacemaker Award (2011) • Columbia Scholastic Press Association: Gold Crown Award (2011) REFERENCES Dave Madison – Church Youth Director northparkuth@att.net JP Barbosa – Soccer Coach jeepbarbosa@gmail.com Gina Killgore – Medical File Auditor fgkillgore@aol.com

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Cover Letter


KAYLA COMBS April 20, 2012

4521 Lenmore Street, Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672

Renee Burke Yearbook Adviser Boone High School 2000 South Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32806-4199 Dear Ms. Burke, The Boone High School Legend yearbook has now won a Gold Crown and Pacemaker, as well as many Silver Crowns, and I want to help the publication continue in it’s winning streak, which is why I’m applying to be Editor-in-Chief again. I believe that teamwork is key on any staff. To be able to communicate and be open to other ideas also helps in the building a superb book. If you have the same beliefs, please accept the resume attached and let’s work towards the best yearbook and another Gold Crown. As an average staffer, Business Manager and junior EIC, I have learned to overcome bumps in the road to further my writing and the outcome of the book. I think with my skill set, the book would become even better. As EIC, I believe my creative thinking and helpfulness would be utilized. Madison Smith, former yearbook staffer and editor, agrees that this position is one that I would fit right into. As a valuable problem solver and ethical staffer, I can accommodate others to help fabricate the best publication for our student body. As an avid artist, I enjoy coming up with new designs and molding them into a finished piece that people will remember. As an able leader, I would be an excellent EIC. As EIC, I would have a chance to expand practical skills utilized in the position to use later in life. Thank you for taking the time to look over the resume attached, but I also hope to have an interview with you to help show you the passion I have for this position. Hope to hear from you soon. Earnestly yours,

Kayla Combs Enclosed: resumé

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4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

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Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

KAYLA COMBS

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Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

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KAYLA COMBS

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

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Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

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KAYLA COMBS

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

Editor-in-Chief LEGEND YEARBOOK

KAYLA COMBS

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National Honor Society Member kaycombs.wordpress.com follow me on twitter: @kaycombs3

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4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

National Honor Society Member kaycombs.wordpress.com follow me on twitter: @kaycombs3

National Honor Society Member kaycombs.wordpress.com follow me on twitter: @kaycombs3

National Honor Society Member kaycombs.wordpress.com follow me on twitter: @kaycombs3

National Honor Society Member kaycombs.wordpress.com follow me on twitter: @kaycombs3

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com

4521 Lenmore Street Orlando, FL 32812 407-381-0672 dcombs4410@gmail.com


Personal Essay Journalism is something that has helped me grow as a writer, but also as a person. With the applicable life skills, like teamwork and communication, I feel as though I have learned so much. My feelings towards journalism are the same as the ones I have for my sister. I love it no matter what, even if it can get my blood boiling.

I got started in journalism by taking an interest in Journalism 1 by taking it freshman . My counselor told me the main objectives in the class and they sounded like things that I enjoyed, like developing my writing and photography techniques. To succeed I had to work with Allie, get feed back from her as well as you and put it into the pages we produced. I had to learn a new kind of writing style as I began to work on theme pages. I gave up time to work on the pages, but unfortunately some things got dumped on Allie and you as I had soccer and we didn’t know how time consuming that would be. One must sacrifice to succeed is what my mom always said. As EIC, I have made designs, stayed to help with the staff, taught the newbies how to do new things and learned new things as well from the staff. I contributed by giving my time to the publication to make it the best that it could be this year. I am hoping to maybe major in journalism or English in college and to write in my free time as it is something that I enjoy doing.


Self-analytical Evaluation This year I learned again that time is almost everything in yearbook as well as teamwork with Allie. As EIC, I knew that I would have to dedicate a lot more time to the book, but I didn’t realize it would be as much as it was. Although there were rough patches, I wouldn’t have changed it for a thing because it turned out that I really enjoyed it. Dedication to the things you love and enjoy make them all the better as one develops a deeper understanding of it. In deadline one, I began to write my body, but as it got re-subbed twice I knew that I had a lot of work to do. I stayed committed to making it flow better, and in the end it paid off with a great Student Life divider. Allie was a great mentor and teammate as we worked together to create her senior yearbook. She as well as I wanted it to live up to the reputation of last year’s book as it received all the awards. When we worked together I will admit I did pester her as I wanted to make deadline, but I also thought we worked well together because we are kind of like opposites. She is more laid back about things and I’m OCD about almost everything. Our unique qualities balanced and the outcome resulted in a great book for the school.


Reflection One The first deadline I had was the Student Life divider and I figured it would be the easiest as it was about traditions and Boone is ever so rich in them. As soon as I sat down to look at past dividers I realized that I didn’t know what I was doing and that this would probably be the hardest page as I was learning for the first time how to write for dividers, which is way different from what I had written last year may I add.

When I asked for help on the style, Allie didn’t know how to explain it and I didn’t want to ask you because I thought you thought I knew what I was doing, but let’s be honest...I was clueless. So I sat down and just wrote in hopes that it would turn out right. But after two resubbs from Allie I knew that I had a lot of work to do. I think that this is my best deadline because it was when I learned to write and I did what I thought was impossible: complete the body with skill. This reflects my knowledge in the first deadline and shows that I’m a fast learner. As Allie wrote, I was wordy and messy in the writing and after getting edited by Allie and you over three times, I finally understood the writing style for dividers. I really like the end product as it shows the traditions about Boone and how it makes us Boone. I really like that the traditions are pictured on this page and highlighted in the body copy.


I thought that my deadline six (Community divider) was the page that still needs work because I don’t like that I used parents more than students, as well as the dominant picture is of a parent helping, but I think it could have been a different one if there were more to choose from. My body copy was a tough thing to write as I didn’t know what angle I was using, but rather just wrote as ideas came into my mind. Although it now captures the feeling of community, getting there was difficult and frustrating with the writer’s block that I had daily. But no excuses, I pushed through and I succeeded in producing something that I think is mediocre. I learned that we need to take more picture of things that the community is involved with, to make sure you get volunteers who have the urge to reply to an urgent e-mail, but also that patience is key. I struggled to get decent pictures for this spread as we didn’t have many pictures and parents would never return my e-mails for interviews which meant that I had to find new people. In the end, the page turned out good, but I think I should have better pictures and that the body should be better with more student input about how the community helps Boone stand out.

Reflection Two


Reflection Three


I picked this picture because I think picture shows the young ladies passion as she steps. The photo has dominant leading lines with the track lines as well as the kids behind her. The CIV stands out and fills the frame making you focus on her and her passion. The depth of field is present as the people watching are out of focus, but she is in focus and vivid. saved in GFP deadline 2 on Allie’s computer: 000-001_stepper.jgp


I think is probably my favorite picture of the year as Colton works on the wheel in Ceramics II. It shows the depth of field, while remaining extremely close to him. He fills the frame with the rule of thirds as his body is more to the left and his hands and head are above and below the middle of the shot. As CIV, he draws the viewer into the picture as he molds something out of nothing. saved in MMT server under: ceramics 12-6_kayla.jgp


The over the shoulder shot is more artistic, but it shows the depth of field extremely well and fills the frame as the CIV takes the left side of the frame over with her shoulder and head. I like artistic shots as they show my artsy side, which is more fun for me. saved in MMT server under: ceramics 12-6_kayla.jgp


I was pretty big deal for yearbook staff as I helped Allie create this year’s theme and the rest of the book. I okayed all the pages and layouts as they passed through my hands to be graded and proofed. Allie probably would have been in deep doo-doo if I wasn’t there to pester her to be on deadline and that I needed to grade her. I think that by being hands on with the staff, I not only helped them with their pages, but was able to build relationships with them for years to come. I have something special with them, whether it’s telling Baby Ballard that I think he’s silly, Amelia that she’s way to sweet or even annoying Macy, the staff and I grew together. Without a great staff, we wouldn’t be able to produce a great book. And without great EICs, the staff wouldn’t be motivated! As for hilights.org I think I helped the website grow with my writing and publicity that I offered through the Facebook and the posting of every story. I was committed to getting my stories posted when they were due, except the bowling story...I slacked off. Otherwise, my assignments were on time and of great quality.

Reflection Four


Reflection Five This year I faced the fact that as EIC, my time was committed to yearbook over everything, maybe not church though. I had high schooland club soccer, but I tried to make it work with yearbook with some difficulties. Not always did it work out though, as some deadline fell heavily on Allie and clubs onto Burke as the editor was let go, but I think that we made it work and next year we know what to expect, how to handle the problems and how to work better. I learned that the best thing to do for the busy weeks was to make a schedule for Burke about what my week looked like and then devise a plan to be able to stay and help the staff. Communication was key in these sitautions as well as in life outside of school and yearbook. I think that when we figured out how to handle the busy weeks, the sitaution became easier to overcome. With the schedule I gave to Burke, we could plan on how I could be a good EIC and partner to Allie.


Reflection Six On my mid-term I was asked what my weakness was in yearbook, I wrote that meeting deadlines and time-managment was were I needed the most improvement. I wrote that I was involved in a lot and basically I made excuses for myself. I think I improved upon these things as my schedule cleared up and soccer ended. I was able to stay after school, to help Burke whenever I could and to manage my time more wisely. I know next year what to expect and how not to dump everything on Blake as she will be another Caley Brock hopefully.


Reflection Seven


Y10. Theme and concept

I think that our theme is the best fit for this year as the WE ARE BOONE campaign began to spread throughout the communities. The concept of WE ARE [ ] is perfect because our school is some many things and students are able to fill in the blanks; however, the sections reflect our student body and those in our community pretty darn well.

Y1. Feature writing: Student Life Student Life Divider, pg 6-7

I would like this to be submitted because it covers the on going traditions at Boone, which goes hand-in-hand with our theme. It starts the book off as the first divider to be seen, and I think it shows strong writing. It was one of the most difficult deadlines for me., but I worked through and the outcome is outstanding in my opinion.

DM12. Sports news

I would like this to be submitted because it covers the on going traditions at Boone, which goes hand-in-hand with our theme. It starts the book off as the first divider to be seen, and I think it shows strong writing. It was one of the most difficult deadlines for me., but I worked through and the outcome is outstanding in my opinion.


I do feel as though I have grown in journalism with my writing skills as well as other life skills, like communication and time management. I think that my knowledge in Photoshop and InDesign has grown this year, as Allie taught me new things in both for the theme pages. Because of this new wealth of knowledge, the newbies would come to me for help, which gave me a confidence boost because I could help them and actually know what I was doing. This portfolio compared to last years isn’t so much as advanced, but it is more personably and shows that friends and family are important through displaying them in the photos. Last years was just a brush, this year is a black/white photo as well as a color box with an certain opacity. I’m a minimualist and my profile shows that I may not use a lot of techniques, but the ones that I do use are done well.

Reflection Eight


Designs


Yearbook Clips


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Highlights.org Clips


http://hilights.org/archives/3841


http://hilights.org/archives/4498


http://hilights.org/archives/5916


http://hilights.org/archives/4299


http://hilights.org/archives/6715


http://hilights.org/archives/6874


http://hilights.org/archives/7073

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