Making Memories With The Yearbook Crew

A yearbook is a collection of memories compiled into a carefully crafted treasure for the coming years to celebrate. Whenever we open those freshly printed books on Founder’s Day, those memories become sharper in our own minds as we remember that party, this festival, that game. And the longer time passes, those emotions turn into […]

A yearbook is a collection of memories compiled into a carefully crafted treasure for the coming years to celebrate. Whenever we open those freshly printed books on Founder’s Day, those memories become sharper in our own minds as we remember that party, this festival, that game. And the longer time passes, those emotions turn into nostalgia. 

However, as we leaf through those pages, we rarely stop to wonder how such treasures are made. It isn’t just the teachers working to make the yearbook — it’s CB students who go to the school, enjoy the festivities, and are a part of every activity and event throughout the year. How do those students and teachers choose what picture to keep, what yearbook quote to dispose of, or how to pick a theme?

Yearbooks are compiled memories throughout the school year, formulated by the Advanced Journalism aka the yearbook class. Kayden VonSchoech (‘24) is the MVPA section editor for the yearbook. This means they are in charge of managing the Media, Visual, and Performing Arts section, setting aesthetic guidelines, running point on communication, coordinating stories and pictures, and making sure that their section has a cohesive theme that goes with the overall yearbook theme. 

Cover art can set the theme for the entirety of the yearbook. The yearbook staff takes the class colors of the students and incorporates it into their sections to be able to find them easily. The colors for each year rotate — this year the freshmen are yellow, sophomores are orange, the juniors are teal, and the seniors are purple. Once the seniors graduate, the next group of freshmen will take the seniors color and the cycle continues.

“My favorite part of making the yearbook was seeing how far I could go with the design elements. I absolutely loved seeing how creative I could be with my spreads while also keeping the integrity of the theme,” Kayden says enthusiastically. “Photos are compiled through a variety of different ways. For some events like dances, we asked students to send pictures in. For others, we asked the LSLO, teachers, and even coaches to provide us with pictures. A lot of the time, a yearbook staff member or two could be found with a camera out. I, for one, covered many events including Lock-In, Holy Court, Women’s Holy Bowl, Holy Bowl, and Holy Hoops. We decide what pictures to use based on the quality of the pictures and how well they compliment the story we want to tell.”

Conflicting opinions and ideas can come into contact with one another and some staff members may want something that another may not agree with. That’s where the teamwork of the yearbook team comes into play and everyone learns to cooperate with one another and listen to differing opinions. The beauty of teamwork is finding a middle ground on which everyone can agree.

 “One of the difficult parts for me was definitely having to work with other members who all have different ideas of what the yearbook should look like and coming to a compromise that satisfied all of us,” Kayden says. “Sometimes your idea isn’t incorporated and you have to learn to live with that.”

The Yearbook team contemplating topics and work that needs to be done.

It’s the students who help weave their creativity through the pages of the yearbook. But who is the person who guides them through each special event? Mrs. Natalia Schorn ’00 of course!

Mrs. Schorn loves her students who were able to make this year’s and previous yearbook. “I would consider this a team who gets a grade for this awesome achievement of creating a 252 page yearbook. This is my 3rd year as the moderator/teacher.”

Her favorite parts of her class are the development of ideas and watching students help each other with feedback and editing their ideas. “It feels good to know we are making something we feel the community will like and appreciate,” she says.

She especially loves when they submit the final product — there seems to be fireworks abruptly throughout the classroom. Her second favorite feeling is when they unbox the finished product containing the yearbooks. The mixed emotions over mistakes or misprints is overcome by the satisfaction of having their hard work in their hands in hard copy form. 

Students obtain their yearbooks on Founder’s Day when they are allowed to indulge in the festivities and games all around the campus whilst collecting signatures from friends, classmates, and teachers. The beauty of making a yearbook and memories of the school and those that were involved in your life can make a big impact on how you feel looking back at those pages. 

“My difficulties are really still being a novice at this job. There is so much to plan for and juggle and still learn about design and digital art. My classes have had to be patient with me on that,” Mrs. Schorn explains. “Keeping students motivated to meet their deadlines can be quite stressful. Speaking of stress, we all suffer from many late nights before each of our four deadlines because there is real money on the line if we go over our time — or worse yet — we might not get the yearbook delivered in time for Founder’s Day celebrations in May and that would be all on us.”

Many things can happen and change on the yearbook’s end where things must be revised or images must be gathered in order to make the pages look better and coherent to the theme of the yearbook. Photographers are sent to events where they will personally take pictures that will look good for the various event pages. Sometimes, good quality images are hard to come by, which is why the class looks everywhere for photos whether that be from Facebook, RepU, Instagram, or even friends. 

“Our software helps us as it will not let us upload low quality pictures, and even the ones that go through show us the blurriness or pixelation that would be no good,” Mrs. Schorn says.” Apart from keeping pictures classy, we look for action, no one looking at the camera for the candid pictures, and clear and crisp quality of images.”

Going through pictures isn’t the only thing that is heavily monitored. Senior quotes can be things you are known for for the rest of your high school life and can be funny, sentimental, and sweet. However, there are boundaries to how far you can go with your quote.

“My students will go through them first to flag any they can tell are inappropriate and would not reflect CB’s values, but I read every single quote and make sure there is nothing harmful or offensive or too inappropriate,” Mrs. Shorn says. “While the yearbook is a keepsake, it is also a marketing tool. Anyone who picks it up is looking at us as a whole community, so we keep that in mind but also try to let students express themselves.”

Yearbooks are something that can bring a whole community together and collect the memories you had throughout your school years that will live on for the rest of your life. And there is always a high demand for those to help create those yearbooks. It also looks great on your high school record.

“Get ready to put yourself out there and get the stories you wish you could see and read about more,” Mrs. Schorn says to prospective students. “We will be working and stressing together, but it’s an overall good experience and a huge sense of accomplishment.”

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