It doesn’t take very much thought to purchase a yearbook at the finance office, or to take it to your friends so they can write the infamous “HAGS” on their glossy pages. But what goes on behind the scenes?
This intrepid reporter interviewed Mrs. Dajany, the yearbook advisor, to learn more about it.
Question: What is the commitment level of this club?
Answer: On a level of 1 to 10, I would say a 10, because it is a huge job. No, an 11. On a scale of 1 to 10, we are an 11. That’s how committed we are to recording everything.
Question: Are there any requirements to join this club?
Answer: Yeah! You have to be able to spell things. Decent writing is a good thing to have. Photography skills and be able to work well and communicate well with others. And of course meeting deadlines.
Question: What’s the funniest experience you’ve had while teaching yearbook?
Answer: When I spelled varsity football “varsity foodball” in the yearbook one year.
Question: Have you earned any recognition through doing yearbook?
Answer: We won the PICA award for three years in a row for meeting deadlines.
Yearbook is not for the lighthearted. Though it can be categorized as a club, it is a full year class that can be taken for CTE or art credit. There are deadlines to be met every few months and by March, there’s mad scramble to get everything done by the final deadline.
Yearbook is divided into groups to get the work done more effectively. Each group has certain pages they are assigned to design in the yearbook and they are responsible for going to events to cover them (i.e., take pictures). Every group has a head editor that makes sure they are on track for the deadline.
McKenna Terry, a Westlake senior, is one of the head editors. When asked what it’s like to have that kind of responsibility, she said, “Honestly it’s less work. I just mostly have to make sure that [my group] remembers things like changing the font, having the first sentence of the captions in present tense, and things like that. It’s a little bit humbling because [my group] asks me questions all the time that I don’t know the answer to even though I’m an editor . . . I in no way think that I’m better or anything which is good because I’m not. The hardest part is probably making decisions in gray area, like things that haven’t already been decided in a template.”
Elijah Varner is also in yearbook and had something to say. “Oh boy!” he said. “I sure love yearbook! I get to talk to four strangers every week and ask them . . . questions! What a class!”
It’s true that this class is constantly pushing people out of their comfort zone. Elijah is referring to the “stories” that the yearbook staff is responsible for collecting every week. The stories are in fact quotes that will be the cherry on top for the yearbook this year.
While yearbook is a lot of work, it’s also very rewarding. They have parties every month and an exclusive first look at the yearbook design.
As a staff member of yearbook herself, this reporter has seen the cover and you guys are in for a treat! Go buy your yearbooks in the finance office!