Turn back the clock to when you were in high school. Most people anticipate receiving their yearbooks, but did you realize all the preparation and hours spent in getting it right?
As Elkin High School senior and Yearbook Club member Emma Aldridge said, “There is a ton of work, much more than you would expect.”
The average yearbook, which is less than 300 pages, takes about seven months to put together. Countless hours are spent proofing, proving, editing and submitting pages of the yearbook. All of the work is divided between seven students per semester, including the two co-editors. Delegating the work allows meeting the deadlines that come every few months easier to accomplish.
Due to personnel reductions, yearbook production is no longer considered a class at EHS, but is instead regarded as a club. It is advised by Chris Shugart, the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools adviser, who works closely with Walsworth, the publishing company, to meet deadlines and meet quality standards.
Not only is the yearbook labor intensive, it also costs $65, which is considered expensive by most students. Yearbook Club wants everyone to enjoy this purchase, and they are able to achieve this by selling business and senior ads. This allows students to build sales experience and increases the quality of the book.
“A perfect yearbook has no words [to describe the work that goes into it],” said Brooke Smith, a Walsworth representative.
Although this statement is true, the Yearbook Club does its best to come close. Working on yearbook can be stressful, but Aldridge explained, “It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done this year, and I’m excited for people to see it.”
Cherish your yearbook because those memories can never be replayed, only recalled.
Reagan Parks and Karla Romero are English students at Elkin High School.