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I graduated from Oviedo High School in 2018 and I am enrolled at the UCF Burnett Honors College, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in graphic design.


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proďŹ le Hello! My name is Aleena Voorhees. I consider myself an artist, writer, and leader. With enriching opportunities through my high school’s yearbook class and colorguard team, I have been able to explore my talents and passions. I am a dedicated person, and I am always looking for opportunities to grow.


2015-2016 Organizations section editor 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Editor-in-Chief of Yearbook staff 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Colorguard captain

volunteer work

2015 and 2016 Mission trip to New Orleans to paint and organize 2012-2017 Junior Councilor for VBS at the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo


references Alicia Pope, Advisor 407-320-4202

Stevenson Lumapas, Coach

Dennis Line, Teacher


2013 Carson Scholar 2018 Fine Arts/Communications Student of the Year 2018 Women in Science Scholar 2018 FSPA Designer of the Year Finalist


personal essay As a member of the yearbook staff, I have learned so much about my personal work ethic. I know how to handle myself and manage a group in stressful situations thanks to all the “practice” I have had during the hectic moments in yearbook class. I have learned to maintain my composure as I produce award winning designs and layouts in the midst of chaos. Thanks to yearbook, I have the opportunity to dissect the programs of Adobe CS6. When I see a complicated design online that I have my heart set on recreating, my only choice is to learn how to use Illustrator or Photoshop. After three years of learning from older members and teaching myself CS6, I now teach incoming members. The knowledge I have in this program is what I think makes me an asset to the staff. Aside from my skills in CS6, I also lead the staff of forty as an Editor-In-Chief. Yearbook has taught me to motivate the people I work with to be just as passionate about our product as I am. That motivation was found this year by submitting our work to FSPA to get feedback. I started submitting the staff’s work last year with the hope that they would learn from the critiques. I am proud to have started this because I have noticed a positive change in his year’s staff.


reflection This year I designed four spreads: three openers and one closer. I am most proud of my work on the openers. I was challenged this year because the design we chose is more simplistic and it requires less heavy design. Instead, I focused more on tasteful white space and killer copy. I spent most of my time in class writing, editing, and rewriting copy for the openers and closer. Once I ďŹ nally articulated exactly the vibe I was trying to get across, I was extremely proud of my writing. I felt a lot of pressure in the beginning of the year to make the copy the perfect introduction to the book, but once I started brainstorming, everything seemed to fall into place. It took a while to fall into place, but once it did, I was so proud. After being given the opportunities to design key portions of the Oviedian yearbooks, I am conďŹ dent that I can handle any design responsibility without fear of failure.


staff essay I was named an editor-in-chief of the yearbook as a junior, which had some daunting responsibilities behind it. I was so eager to be editor but very naive about what my job was, so I spent my first year as editor basically being a sponge. I wanted to learn everything about being an editor, so I spent most of my time learning as opposed to directing and communicating with the staff. I entered this year as a knowledgeable editor, ready to tackle the year. I understood the logistics from last year, so I spent most of my time modifying communication and delegating responsibilities. My junior year, I learned that the reason we didn’t meet deadlines was because communication was unclear, not because the job was too demanding. So, I helped start a Google Slack account for the staff. This allowed people to get notifications about deadlines and full access to important documents. I also spent much of my time creating documents that clearly outlined what the editors wanted from the staff. I made PowerPoints with step-by-step descriptions about how to make specific designs we use in the book, or how to “rename batch” pictures in Bridge. I have learned that the most effective way to get a job done with a large group of people is to be as transparent as possible. I’m so thankful for the relationships I have built from yearbook, and I am glad to have open communication with everyone.


memories This year I got very close with my fellow editors Brittany Watley and Megan Handler. With them next to me every day in yearbook class, there was always laughter. We were never afraid to ask for help from one another and we never hesitated giving brutally honest feedback. Not only could I laugh with them in the midst of stressful moments, but they were also my shoulder to cry on. I could break from my position as editor to share with them my frustrations and then resume my job feeling more relaxed, knowing I had people there to support me. Staying after school with my friends to work for extra hours was made bearable with the food that Pope always fed us. We also kept our spirits up with jokes we all shared even when we were freaking about a deadline the next day. Yearbook seems stressful and unpleasant but it is actually the opposite. Well, maybe it is stressful... but in the long run I know I have friends who care and will stick around through the struggles. I know how to lead and manage my time and I credit it all to yearbook. I have four publications to be proud of and I thank yearbook for giving me all the opportunities it has.


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Photo by: Justin Pham

SPIRIT STICK On the shoulders

of his teammates, Adarious Zeller, 12, celebrates the seniors’ pep rally victory with the spirit stick.


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It’s recognizing a neon, paint-stained face illuminated under the black light at O-Glow. It’s swatting the strands of hair out of your face as you jam to Feel It Still on 101.9 FM with the windows down.


screams echoing It’s the through the gym when the varsity volleyball girls win District Championships. It’s popping the seams of your faded orange powderpuff uniform while you twerk to Fergalicious. It’s the practicum you ace in Mrs. Petschel’s class because you binge watch too much Grey’s Anatomy.

THE DEEP END The swim team takes

a group photo at the Oviedo Aquatic Center.

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TAKING THE W In the student section, Owen McNamara, 12, cheers as the football team scores a touchdown against Hagerty.

Photo by: Elizabeth McDonald

WALKOUT Julia Wisdo, 12, Janet Hall, 11, Issabella Espinal, 11, and Taylor Spink, 11, participate in the Walkout on February 21 in support of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims.

Photo by: Megan Handler



It’s the shiny, gold, State Championship medal hanging on your neck the Monday after the girls bowling team claims their victory.


It’s standing when you smear orange paint and black letters on your skin in the dingy stadium bathroom. It’s flaunting your perfectly crafted senior crown and limited-edition spirit tank top on pep rally days. It’s the leather Yuda Band you tie around your wrist to support Tadiwa’s education in Zimbabwe. It’s the creaks of the bleachers as you sway to the Alma Mater in the RWL. It’s Copy and Design by: Aleena Voorhees


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Photo by: Justin Pham


It’s when you traveled to Murano, Italy and stood mesmerized as red-hot glass was sculpted by glass blowers. It was spiraling through the air as you rode the ‘Tilt-A-Whirl’ at the Spring Carnival, and your taste buds lighting up DIWHU\RXWRRNWKHƓUVWELWHRI\RXUVXJDU covered funnel cake. It was proudly accepting your trophy for “Most Likely to Become President” from Coach Howell at the Lundy’s. It was the sleepless nights getting ready for the screaming pep rallies, Rock of Ages musical, and yearbook distribution . <RXMXPSHGIHHWƓUVWLQWRWKHXQNQRZQ You met so many people, you made so many memories. If you looked, you found your happy. Every page of it. Copy by: Aleena Voorhees and Brittany Watley Design by: Aleena Voorhees

Photo Courtesy of: Sophie Gill


day of Spring Break, Lucy Gill, 10, is photobombed by a crashing wave in West Palm Beach.


TO DYE FOR Deondre Williams, 10, stains his shirt burgundy, gold, and grey in chemestry.

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