Business Elements Alexis M. Loya 2904 Lakeview Cir. S. Paola, KS 66071 April 4, 2014 Anna Wintour Editor-in-Chief Vogue Magazine 350 Madison Ave New York, NY 10017 Dear Ms. Wintour: Four years in high school and what have I learned? Plenty! I can apply the skills Iâ€™ve learned directly to the position of being your assistant. The drive and focus to achieve: The magazines success depends upon the ability of your staff to grasp a problem, evaluate the best way to solve it, and then work until the solution is in hand. This is precisely the process I followed all four years to graduate with a 3.6 grade-point average. Flexibility and creativity: A magazine, especially a fashion magazine, gets stale when it continually recycles the same ideas time and time again. When you hire me, you get someone who thinks for herself, and who is not afraid to suggest new ways to approach a task as I did as the editor-in-chief of the Paola High School yearbook. Experience: I was a member of the Paola High School yearbook staff for three years. The third year I rose to the position of editor-in-chief and have enjoyed branching out of my comfort zone. I am proficient with InDesign CS6, Photoshop CS6, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and photography. I hope youâ€™ll consider me a serious candidate for the position of assistant to the editor-in-chief. I certainly would take the job very seriously and would prove an asset to you and to the magazine. Sincerely,
Alexis M. Loya
Essays ALEXIS LOYA
firstname.lastname@example.org 2904 Lakeview Circle South, Paola, KS 66071 913-244-4008
OBJECTIVES To obtain the experience and knowledge to become a journalist.
Paola High School May 17, 2014 High School Diploma • 3.63 GPA • NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) member • All Kansas (KSPA) for the 2011-2012 yearbook Shift • All Kansas for the 2012-2013 yearbook That’s Life • First Class (NSPA) for the 2011-2012 yearbook Shift • First Class for the 2012-2013 yearbook That’s Life • Editor-in-Chief of the 2013-2014 yearbook staff • Member of the Paola High School yearbook staff, 3 years
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•Proficient in oAdobe Photoshop CS6 oAdobe InDesign CS6 oMicrosoft Word oMicrosoft PowerPoint oPhotography
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friend Journey Capettini was how I got my start in journalism. We had Spanish class together and became fast friends through our stark humor and sarcastic remarks. Once we were good friends, she recommended I join the yearbook staff. I was a bit skeptical at first because I had never been in anything school related, but eventually she convinced me. So I joined and found that journalism was actually my niche, the place where I belonged. It’s basically become my home now. Being in this yearbook class has been some of the best and worst times of my life. One of the best times was when I became editor-in-chief of the yearbook. I never thought I would rise to that position, and I honestly never thought I had it in me to be in a position like that. This year I have proved myself wrong in so many ways by accomplishing more than I ever thought I possibly could. It’s been a great experience for me. I’ve gained a lot of confidence through being in this position and everything I’ve learned will definitely help me later on in life. Something else that’s awesome, which isn’t really a specific time, but nonetheless just as important, is the staff itself. The 2013-2014 yearbook staff has by far been my best staff I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. My previous two years I was never really able to bond with the staff as a whole, just a few people individually. This year is a whole different story. I’m friends with everyone and know them on more of a personal level. We all work really well together and they’ve made this year amazing and fun. As for the worst times, there have been fair shares of those as well. Yearbook definitely stresses me out so much that at times I want to cry and pull out my hair.
Senior Lexi Loya looks up at the camera during her senior pictures photoshoot. Loya commented that she prefers to be behind the camera rather than in front. Photographed by Natalie Franz.
I’m not a very organized person so things like keeping up with photo deadlines, not to mention normal deadlines, is very difficult for me. I usually get so absorbed in what I’m currently doing that I ignore little things like filling out project management sheets or plan sheets. It’s also very difficult because the staff members are my friends. Sometimes it’s hard to critique things because I don’t want to
hurt their feelings, but I know I have to push those emotions aside for the sake of the book. I try to be as gentle, yet firm as possible. The more I do it, the easier it gets. All in all, journalism and I have a love hate relationship and I doubt that will ever change. I’m glad I took the class sophomore year and stuck with it. It has prepared me not only for college, but for the real world
as well. It’s definitely prepared me better than any other class I could have taken during high school. I’ve learned many valuable skills and have grown as a person. Looking back, I barely even recognize the girl I was before journalism shaped me into the young woman I am today.
*Front endsheet, final draft
*Front endsheet, first draft
The endsheets a n d t h e m e pages are what I would consider to be my best work because I did them myself which is something I had never done before. I had always relied on others to help me design, but for the endsheets and theme pages I had complete freedom to do them myself. It was a really cool experience as I had always had rules to follow for the design, but for these pages, I got to choose the rules. Designing these pages was one of the most difficult tasks, but also one of the most fun ones. It was a lot of pressure to design the first page that everyone would see and I wasn’t sure if I could make something that was appealing to people. I didn’t have a set way to design them so that was nerve wracking because usually I had a set of rules to follow in my design process. It was a freeing experience to have no rules and do what I wanted. The first draft of the endsheet was rough to say the least. I had no idea what I was doing. It took a few times, but I was eventually able to get to a design that I loved and still love. My first attempt didn’t really incorporate our theme and I didn’t like that. So I went back and redesigned the layout around our theme design. The finished product was much more appealing to the eye. This way, the cover of the book was repeated when you opened to the first page. I also think the design is clean and easy on the eye. There isn’t too much going on which is nice. I still love our design which is weird because I usually start to hate it by the end of the year. I think our book is classy, clean, and the best one I’ve ever produced. Thanks to our amazing staff, we’ve been able to create an amazing book.
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The soccer spread is definitely one that could still use work. It was one of our earliest spreads, a prototype if you will, and did not get the attention it deserved. There are too many pictures and the pictures are too big for the page. It also needs more secondary coverage which would in turn help with the oversized picture situation. The pictures were made bigger because we needed to fill in white
space. The dominant picture was one of the only things we got right. I really like that he is kicking the ball into the center of the page because it draws your eye there. What does bother me about the dominant photo is that it isn’t aligned with the top of the story or the top of the secondary coverage. I’m a stickler for alignment issues and it really bothers that I didn’t catch it before.
The mistakes on this spread have taught me I need to designate jobs better and make it clearer about what I want. I also need to not load up on work because then some part of that work suffers. I needed to focus on one thing at a time because that would be in the best interest of creating a wonderful book.
Football games are some of the best times ever. I love going to them. I love the hype and energy about them. They are some of my favorite memories. I took pictures at all the home games I went to and that’s where this picture was taken. My goal was to get a crowd shot for the yearbook and I got this one. I love this picture for many reasons. One reason is for the colors. All the horns in black and gold make for a great color scheme as those are our school
colors. I also love the richness of the colors. The few pink objects kind of distract from it, but I still like the picture. Another reason is for the reactions. Everyone looks so excited and they’re blowing the horns! The horns are usually blown when we make a good play so we must have made a good one. I also like the angle from which the picture is taken. It’s not your usual straight, head on picture. Instead I took it from the side so I could get people’s profiles.
When I look at this picture, it just makes me happy. It brings back the feel of a Friday night game. The chilly air, the excited chattering of the crowd, the bright lights of the stadium. All those things are part of what make this picture amazing to me.
adds to the urgency and atmosphere of the picture. The color is faded which might tie into the fading conciousness of the girl who was in the “wreck”. The photo itself tells a picture of horror and sadness which kind of draws me into it.
I like this picture mainly because it’s funny. I was at a football game and it was halftime. These little boys were just messing around, throwing footballs at each other and one of them happened to throw a football at another little boys head. I caught the exact instant before impact, though the ball actually missed him. The boy who threw it looked surprised, but surprised at whether he missed or not, I’m not sure. Taking candid pictures
is a lot of fun to me. I like the fact that I’m not in control of everything, that something unexpected could happen at any moment, like this picture. I really like this picture because of the depth of field. I love when only a few things are in focus and the background is fuzzy and out of focus. I think it looks cool and is one of my favorite effects in pictures. I always try to get that effect. Another reason I like this photo is because of the
action. You can tell the boy just threw the ball because the way his arm is and, better still, the ball that he threw is actually in the shot! And the other kids face is great. He totally does not expect to be hit by anything and seems at ease even though a second after this captured moment, he could have been nailed in the head with a football.
of the girls face can be seen quite clearly and that alone gives me chills. Then there is the firefighters in the background, not to mention the EMT guys who are wheeling her to the back of the ambulance. All those people being in the photo give off the vibe that something really serious must have happened. I also like the lighting, though it wasn’t intentional. Everything is kind of stark and bright and washed out. I think it
This picture is of the mock crash that occured on April 9, 2014. The mock crash is something that is done every other year to show what can happen if a person was to get in an accident. The school does this to help ensure that the juniors and seniors who are planning on attending prom will be careful when driving home later that night. As for the picture itself, I think it captures a lot of emotion. The bloody side
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tor-in-chief of the 20132014 yearbook. It has been a great year and I feel so privileged to be able to be a part of it. I believe I was an asset this year because of the skills I offer. I’m handy with InDesign and Photoshop. I also work well in Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office PowerPoint. I know what good design is and I’m creative. I’m good with a camera and photography in general. I would say that a large portion of my skills have been self-taught as there is only so much that can actually be taught by a teacher. A lot of learning about journalism is just diving in head first and going for it. My commitment to this publication is unwavering. I freed up my schedule so that I could devote five blocks of my class time to journalism alone. I’ve spent countless hours pouring over pages, editing them to make sure they are just right. I want everything to be perfect which is why I insist on going over pretty much every page. When mistakes are made, it’s like a physical wound. Even the littlest imperfection makes me upset. But I’ve learned that mistakes happen and I just have to let it go. What I was trying to get at is how much this book means to me. It’s totally different being editor-in-chief rather than a normal staff member. When Journey was EIC she said the book was your baby. I didn’t really understand until I took her place. The yearbook really is like a baby and I can’t wait to see it at the end of the year so I can puff out my chest like a proud mama peacock.
One of the biggest problems I’ve had this year is critiquing people’s spreads. It’s really hard to tell someone what’s wrong with their work, but when it’s your friends, well that makes it even worse. I’ve had trouble with one person in particular this year. This person takes everything I say personally, even though I don’t mean it that way. I’m just trying to do what is best for the book and if that means pushing aside friendships for the sake of bettering the book then so be it.
The way I look at it, it’s only high school and chances are I won’t see these people again after I graduate so I don’t lose too much sleep over it. That might not be the best way to look at things, but it’s the way that keeps me from having a mental breakdown every few seconds. I’ve tried explaining to that person the situation and they either aren’t hearing me or are choosing to ignore me which is frustrating. I want the book to be the best it can be, period.
I try to remember that as EIC I have one of the final says in what gets published and what doesn’t. Even with that knowledge though, it’s still hard to step on people’s toes. So that has been my biggest struggle this year, but I’m getting through it. I’m acutally glad I had to face this and many other problems because it’s taught me a lot. Now, if something like this ever occurs again, hopefully I will be more confident in my ability to handle it.
Stay on deadline and make the year great for our staff were my two goals for this semester. I feel like I accomplished the first goal. We’ve gotten in most of our pages when they needed to be and that’s pretty much unheard of until this year. I was always late when handing things in last year, but this semester I did good and stayed on top of things. We even got the book completed
when it needed to be! Yay! As for the second goal, I’m not sure if I’ve succeeded or not. I try my hardest to talk to everyone and make this class fun. I usually put weird, silly pictures on my PowerPoints for class so that hopefully they will get a chuckle out of it. I do that because then maybe we can start the class out on a positive note. I have also tried to re-
member everyones birthdays so I can make the PowerPoint special for them. I try to do little things like make special invitations to our journalism banquet. I like doing things like that. I’ve certainly enjoyed being on staff this year and I hope I’ve conveyed that to the rest of my staff.
I had a lot of fun designing the theme pages. I had complete and utter freedom which was awesome. This spread was my favorite theme page I created. I think because everything on it is something that I made. I took the picture for it, designed it, and wrote the little story for it. I would like to enter this into Design of the Year: Yearbook Spread. This year we were focused on trying to keep things relatively simple so
I took that into consideration when designing my pages. I’m also a huge fan of big photos that take up the whole page and I love that I finally got to do that. I also love this page because I took the yellow color and incorporated it into my headline. I loved having such vibrent colors to work with. As for the placement of the text box, I like where it’s at and wouldn’t change that. It doesn’t distract from the picture,
but actually adds to it. There was one girl in the picture who didn’t look very excited to be there. I didn’t want her in the picture, but I couldn’t crop her out or the picture would be too small. So I placed the box over her and there, problem solved in an eye-appealing manner.
Freshman Marisa Loya’s life revolves around golf. She acquired a taste for the sport through her father. He would talk about, watch, and play golf often. He wanted to share his passion with his three daughters so he would take them to the course and make a family activity of it. Out of his three girls, Marisa was the only one to show a real passion for the sport. Once he saw the potential she had, he spent many years fostering her
talents as a golfer. She has participated in many tournaments, even going as far as Texas to compete. I would like to enter this into Photo of the Year: Environmental Portrait. I would consider this picture an environmental portrait because the golf course is where she spends a large marjority of her time. Her freshman year she joined the high school golf team which consisted of seven boys and
two girls, Marisa included. She became the first female to join the team as a freshmen. Since a young age, she has spent more time at the Paola Country Club golf course than most people her age.
this so i went back to the drawing board to think on the matter. Soon after, I thought maybe it would be cool to have their face on the phone’s screen. So I decided on the idea to use the front camera on the phone. I set him up, snapped the picture, and bam! it was perfect the very first time. It was the only picture I took of him and I was amazed that I got it on the first try because that never happens.
I really like this picture because it’s a different take on people using their phones in class. I was able to incorporate their face and their phone which was great. Also it just looks really artistic and I like that aspect of it. I would like to enter this into Photo of the Year: Feature.
In my opinion, we made a lot of improvements this year. But there are some things I wish we had done. For example, as I sat in on the Newspaper class second semester, I learned that they do something called “all around the mulberry bush”. It’s where they go around the room and everyone tells what they’re working on and ask for help if they need it. I thought that was a really great idea, especially because it seems like I never know what anyone is working on until
the end of the deadline and then I can’t do much about it if I have some quarrel with it. But that might also be lack of communication… Anyway, their method of asking everyone how their spread is going is really nice and I think that should be incorporated into yearbook. We could do it during the middle of a deadline for every deadline and I think that would be really helpful. Another little thing is I think it would have been awesome to have an event editor to go along
with the section editors. This person would remember things like birthdays and field trips. They would be in charge of decorating the class room and little things like that. Maybe they could even be in charge of making the awards after every deadline. Just someone who can keep special little things organized. It would be a big help to have that person do the awards after every deadline because that is something that’s hard to keep track of when you’re EIC.
This was a one shot photo. I needed this picture for a spread I was working on called Survival Guide. The spread gave information on how to survive high school, one of the pieces of info having to deal with texting in class. My first attempt was of the person just playing on their phone, but my advisor said I needed to somehow get their face in the picture as well. I was a little unsure of how to accomplish
I would have loved having someone else nominate them and then Mrs. Chayer and I would pick the final ones or something like that. Something else that could definitely be improved for next year is getting the ladder done and the theme decided before the start of the next school year. It’s a big job and takes a lot of time, but if it were done before school even started, I think that would help move things along faster. They would also need to figure out which
spreads/pages are being assigned to which student/s. if that could all be decided beforehand, the year would run much smoother. A few final notes have to do with team builders. I really wanted there to be more team builders this year, but things got crazy and they got pushed back until I just completely forgot about them. This could also be something the event planner does; come up with and initiate the team builder. I think having at least one
per deadline would be good, and more than that would be awesome provided that it doesn’t interfere with getting the book done. Team builders are great to help the staff get closer and in the beginning, closeness is something that’s really needed. Otherwise it’s awkward and there’s a lack of communication. So yes, more team builders are a must. Well that’s about it that I can think of right now. Overall, I really do think this year was awesome. 18
19 Student Life
“You’re such a suck up,” Lauren Wood, senior, said. Senior Lexi Loya was working on her design portfolio when Wood commented on her work. “I am not,” Loya said. “It’s just that this is fun.” Loya dedicated her life to the yearbook, rarely even leaving the journalism room. Her class schedule consisted of college algebra, public speaking, college prep English and five classes of journalism. “She basically lives in here,” BriAnne Chayer, journalism advisor said. Loya’s predecessors were graduates Journey Capettini and Hali Wimbush. Capettini was the previous editor-in-chief of the yearbook while Wimbush was a newspaper staff member. Both made the journalism room their homes, even going so far as to turn the book shelf in the back of the room into their own personal lockers. “I keep everything in here,” Wimbush said. Loya said she would often find random knickknacks about the place, most of them belonging to either Wimbush or Capettini.
“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.”
“I still find things around here that they left behind,” Loya said. Loya liked finding these things because they reminded her of the good times they all had the year before. “I would definitely say I’ve followed in their footsteps,” Loya said. Loya’s desk was scattered with papers, trash and other belongings. “Being the editor-in-chief, I have a lot of papers to keep track of and my cubby box is already full so I had to improvise,” Loya said. Loya wasn’t the only one to adopt the Capettini and Wimbush ways. Fellow staff member senior Kenzie Getz’s desk was also full of crap. Getz was in charge of senior ads which required keeping track of a lot of papers. “It’s a lot of work but I like it,” Getz said. The journalism room could best be described as a second home for many of the kids. “It’s definitely one of the coolest rooms in the school,” Loya said. - Lexi Loya
Pin-spiration ideas, cool graphics, and more “You’re such a suck up,” Lauren Wood, senior, said. Senior Lexi Loya was working on her design portfolio when Wood commented on her work. “I am not,” Loya said. “It’s just that this is fun.” Loya dedicated her life to the yearbook, rarely even leaving the journalism room. Her class schedule consisted of college algebra, public speaking, college prep English and five classes of journalism. “She basically lives in here,” BriAnne Chayer, journalism advisor said. Loya’s predecessors were graduates Journey Capettini and Hali Wimbush. Capettini was the previous editor-in-chief of the yearbook while Wimbush was a newspaper staff member. Both made the journalism room their homes, even going so far as to turn the book shelf in the back of the room into their own personal lockers. “I keep everything in here,” Wimbush said. Loya said she would often find random knickknacks about the place, most of them belonging to either Wimbush or Capettini. “I still find things around here that they left behind,”
Loya said. Loya liked finding these things because they reminded her of the good times they all had the year before. “I would definitely say I’ve followed in their footsteps,” Loya said. Loya’s desk was scattered with papers, trash and other belongings. “Being the editor-in-chief, I have a lot of papers to keep track of and my cubby box is already full so I had to improvise,” Loya said. Loya wasn’t the only one to adopt the Capettini and Wimbush ways. Fellow staff member senior Kenzie Getz’s desk was also full of crap. Getz was in charge of senior ads which required keeping track of a lot of papers. “It’s a lot of work but I like it,” Getz said. The journalism room could best be described as a second home for many of the kids. “It’s definitely one of the coolest rooms in the school,” Loya said.
Lexi Loya Left: Freshman Isa Loya makes a funny face while curling her hair with a plastic curler during seminar on Nov. 14. Loya was the class clown, always making people laugh and getting people to come out of their shells. Photo by Lexi Loya. Right: Senior Lucas Wilson goes for a kick during a football game on Oct. 12. Wilson was the teams kicker. Photo by Lexi Loya.
What quote inspires your life?
senior “I adore pretty things and witty words.” - Kate Spade.
senior “I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday.” - The Notebook.
sophomore “Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses.” - John C. Maxwell.
21-22 Student Life-Inspired
Senior Benjamin Abel gazes into the distance during a band preformance on Oct. 3. It was fall homecoming and the whole school was gathered out at the stadium. Photo by Lexi Loya.
Marissa Dickey, junior “I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.” - Coco Chanel.
Isa Loya, freshman “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Alice in Wonderland.
The cheer squad preforms at a pep rally during seminar on Oct. 25. The cheerleaders, along with the Panther dancers, would usually give some kind of preformance. Photo by Lexi Loya.
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