Throughout the year, you probably wonder when the madness of yearbook will stop. You might wonder when you will stop getting pulled out of class for interviews or getting Instagram DM’s asking questions. The answer to when the yearbook is done, is now. Over the last year, more than 60 members have worked many long and hard hours to create a book with over 360 pages.
During the school year the process of making the yearbook consisted of many things such as making layouts, filling out pages, taking pictures, and interviewing. With the two Editor-In-Chiefs overseeing many things, Riley McPheeters and Michaela McCarthy had to deal any complications that arose. “If there were any problems with any pages, we would let the staff member know. We corrected pages, and just led the staff over the year. As well as correcting pages, we had many pages to work on as well,” McPheeters said.
A common misconception that some may have about the yearbook being done is there is no work after that. One thing that the staff must do now is correct mistakes found on the proofs that we receive. Proofs are pages that get sent back to us after we submit pages to the plant. Whenever we receive these proofs, we carefully check over everything. Once that is finished, then the yearbook is really done.
Blended editor, Haley Bondurant, has had many go rounds with proofs. “Over the year, I worked on many batches of proofs. As blended editor, I mainly looked at the chronological pages to fix a lot of mistakes. Proofs may not seem like a big deal, but they are pretty stressful. After we sent the last proof back to the plant and knew that the yearbook was finally done, everyone was ecstatic,” Bondurant said.
There are many leadership levels on the yearbook staff; one level is pod leader. The leader of Pod 4 is Alexis Bjorklund who led the pod throughout the year. “As a pod leader, having the yearbook done is a relief. My job over the year was to make sure that the pages were getting done the right way and fast, so we could meet deadlines,” Bjorklund said.
As a general staff member, their main job is completing pages by taking pictures, getting interviews, and writing stories and captions. Megan Wright believes that without the general staff, the yearbook would not be able to get done. “We are able to help in all parts of yearbook. Whenever the time comes to decide to try out for leadership, you get to have many options to choose from. General staff is not held down to one part or another of yearbook,” Wright said.
Although the yearbook is done, the work is not. The yearbook staff is already in full gear on planning next year’s book. With many things that need to be planned for the next year, the staff works hard to get it done. The yearbook staff works year-round, day-to-day to create an award-winning book for the school to receive.