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The creative process and hard work of Yearbook

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Yearbooks hold critical high school memories, and thus are extremely important. Crafted by Gull Lake High School’s own students, yearbook offers unique learning opportunities in a real world publication atmosphere. But is the hard work of yearbook worth it? Before anyone can join the class, students must create an application and undergo an interview process. When and if accepted, students get right into learning about design, photography and the software used to create the book.

Audrey Dewaters and Javonna Moore work on first deadline pages in Yearbook. Photo by Hannah Elwell

Junior Javonna Moore gives a valuable insight on the level of difficulty for the class.

“If you actually do the work and are organized, you will have no problem. But if you push everything back and procrastinate, not so much,” Moore said.

On average each student builds eight to 12 two-page spreads along with working on a student section. As a staff member, each must design the entire page (unless it’s sports, then the page is created by the editor and a template is used), and then get it checked for approval by editors and the adviser. Each page has to be created and organized in a timely matter, for deadlines are strict and absolutely necessary with the amount of pages given. But with a little focus during class time, the homework is kept at a minimum. It’s just taking photos.

“I love that the students actually design the pages themselves,” Moore said. “But you also have to be cautious about deadlines, especially when you have a lot of pages to do.”

Deadlines get shorter and shorter throughout the year–the first final deadline being at the end of first trimester. As the year progresses, students have to become more organized and focused on their pages within the time allowed.

Yearbook is not only deadlines, but is also an opportunity to learn and grow as a person and an adult. The deadlines actually play a large role in becoming more responsible as a person.

“I feel that yearbook has made me more mature and has allowed me to handle stressful situation better,” Moore said.

Pictured Noah Grantham, Keyshawn Wilson, Javonna Moore, and Hannah Lord. Photo By Hannah Elwell

When the yearbook staff was asked if they enjoyed yearbook, all but one student said yes. Some of the student’s favorite part of yearbook is being able to go to school events or classrooms and take pictures. While others enjoy the writing and design process. Once pictures are taken for page, the next big step is organizing and designing that page. Involving a long period of time for cropping and editing photos on PhotoShop, a software program students  to learn use.

When photos are ready with the design in mind, they are then placed in their spot for the page. Pages are created in a software program called InDesign that the students learn at the beginning of the first trimester. Each person in the photo has to be named, which can be difficult when photographing people you don’t know. Each photo then gets a caption, and each spread will include a story about the page content.

 “The best advice for anyone going into yearbook is to stay on task,”  Moore said.

Other yearbook students can’t help but agree–some of them knowing the feeling of pressure from procrastinating.

   “But,” Moore said, “if you stay on task, yearbook is one of the best and most fun classes to take.”

Even though yearbook has students go through an application process and a strict organization for deadlines, yearbook is a close knit group of students who get to document memories for everyone to have.


Lainie Scott
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I am a junior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year writing for The Reflection. I enjoy writing, reading and music. This year I hope to further my writing skills and better develop my ability to report and review.

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