Tuesday , 24 October 2017

Teen Talk: It Takes Work to Keep our Yearbook in the Top 1 Percent

By Christine Baker, TSB Contributor

McKinney High School’s yearbook is ranked in the top 1 percent of yearbooks in the nation. 

What does that even mean?

It means that every year in national competitions, The Lion yearbook is rated on its content, design, cover, organization and overall quality.

Yearbooks are not just a template you choose online before dragging and dropping photos. As a member of the yearbook staff, I can tell you that the planning for a book like ours starts in May right after the previous books are handed out. Every book has a theme that relates to the school, for example, last year the MHS yearbook’s theme was “Time Will Tell” because the school start times changed and everything had to be adjusted. Along with an overall theme you pick color schemes, fonts and sizes, design elements and icons that all flow and connect throughout the book. 

With a theme usually picked in May, editors and staff members go to workshops to pick elements for the book and begin the long process of putting it all together. I have been on staff for three years. My junior year I was a Section Editor and now I am one of 4 Editors along with Quinn Murray, Michael Babich and Sawyer Erickson. 

Saying that we live in the yearbook is no understantement.

At the beginning of the year we stay after school putting pages together every Monday and Thursday until about 6 p.m. A parent volunteers every deadline to cook food for the kids and they alternate so we don’t have to spend so much money on food. Second semester we start staying almost every night until 11pm so that we can turn in the book by the official deadline of April 6th. 

Although it looks to everyone like just an average yearbook with pictures and stories, just remember that it’s in the top 1 percent in the nation and months of effort have gone into it by other students!

Oh and Parents, I promise $70 for this book is not expensive, most schools sell them closer to $100. It’s $70 well spent.

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