Yearbook Updates

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Photo Courtesy of: Tania Mason

The cover of the 2020-2021 yearbook.

Abigail Davis, Campus Life Editor

Yearbooks currently cost $75 and can be purchased through this link. It’s important to note that they are only getting the number of books ordered; there will be no extras. Yearbooks are available to order through April. Also, Senior Ads are now available to buy through the school web store. For Senior Ads, a quarter-page ad costs $125, a half-page ad costs $200, and a full-page ad costs $350.

Yearbooks will not be passed out until August, and senior events through June 15th will be included as well. This is quite different from other years where some events later in the school year, like graduation, aren’t included due to time constraints of getting the yearbooks out to students before the school year ends.

Yearbook advisor, Mrs. Mason states, “This is the one time we can possibly cover graduation. We’re hoping for the parade around the school like seniors got last year and get that in the yearbook. By passing out yearbooks later again, it could possibly change the future of the yearbook if students are willing to wait and get them in August so we can cover these events in the future. After this year, there are a lot of things we can rethink and approach differently, so this will be a great test to see how it goes.”

Though school picture day has already passed for students, students can still submit photos until March 1st using this link.

“It just needs to be school appropriate. I recommend just a basic photo, no weird filters or awkward poses. Tongues must be in your mouth and not sticking out (because it’s gross and ridiculous looking), no hand signs. This is the one and only time students will be able to do this, so they should have fun with it,” Mrs. Mason emphasizes.

Though some may be tentative about purchasing a yearbook for this strange year that definitely wasn’t normal school, the yearbook staff is working to do the best with what they can and represent the school year and pandemic life in a creative way. While it might not seem like too much has happened over the past year other than the pandemic, the yearbook is all about showcasing how people and life have changed and documenting this unparalleled school year.

Given all this, the yearbook is worth considering purchasing.

Mrs. Mason shares, “Although this yearbook is not of the same caliber as past yearbooks, it is indicative of a very strange and odd year. This is a great memento to share, especially as an adult, where you can look back and remember that crazy year you didn’t actually go to school.”

“Every year, the yearbook struggles to find what’s new and different that students can remember – well, that wasn’t an issue this year. When we have a whole spread on distance learning and face masks as fashion – it’s different. When students see mix matched portraits – that’s different. A yearbook lacking sports, dances, assemblies – that’s different,” Mrs. Mason continues.

Every year, the yearbook struggles to find what’s new and different that students can remember – well, that wasn’t an issue this year. ”

— Mrs. Mason

She jokes, “So where your grandparents or grandparents may brag about walking three miles uphill in the snow, fighting off dinosaurs on their way to their one-room schoolhouse, you can say and prove you were stuck at home one year and not allowed to go to school. Lastly, it may be the one time to actually see your classmates since so many of them hide behind their profile pictures during meetings.”

Right now, the yearbook is seeking photos with fashion statements (what are students are wearing to school now, if students could go on campus tomorrow, what would they wear, pictures of a sneaker collection, or just dressing up), photos focused on transportation (driving, bikes, skating, working on cars, anything to do with transportation), the one day of snow in Las Vegas, and stories from anybody who voted in the presidential election. The yearbook is also interviewing students on what they have either lost or gained from this year in quarantine. Soon, they will also start asking students about their summer plans.

Mrs. Mason says, “We got some great stories, but we want more.”

The yearbook appreciates any photos submitted. In previous years, the yearbook usually reached out if they wanted to include the student in the yearbook. This isn’t the case, however, for this year, and students can reach out and submit any picture with a story to get included in the yearbook. Students can email pictures to Mrs. Mason directly at [email protected].

“It has been a difficult year trying to email students and get responses, but we are thankful to all of those who have helped and participated and those who have already ordered yearbooks. It’s been really hard not being able to go out and photograph students and events, so when we have students still helping and participating, it means a lot. Thank you.”