By Karen Cherkas ’16
Sophisticated and symbolic are terms the yearbook class of 2016 is using to describe this year’s yearbook. With hard work, new techniques and team effort, this yearbook class of selected individuals is making changes to modernize the yearbook of 2016.
By being in this class, seniors are given the opportunity to share with their skills such as photography, journalism, graphic design, and videography. It doesn’t only document four important years of a teenager’s life, but also helps teach new lifelong skills to the alumni of the class, such as online design or writing. It’s a yearlong course available only to seniors. Students are split into groups based on what they want to work on, and they are assigned a certain section to work on such as faculty, teams and clubs.
Jenny Thaung ’16 stated, “I’m most excited about being given the opportunity to create the book of lasting memories for the graduating class of 2016.”
This year, the yearbook class is an actual English class rather than an elective. Another change that’s brought about is that this is the first year where individuals had to submit a portfolio of their skills to Ms. Farhana Hoque, yearbook adviser in order to be in this class. There were over 200 applicants, but 34 students got in.
Ms. Hoque said, “We have a pool of 34 talented staff members who have backgrounds in journalism, art, photography, graphic design and marketing. The selection was based on the idea that with such a talented group of individuals, we can produce an award-winning yearbook with Epilog 2016.” Since everyone in the class had to submit a portfolio to get in, every individual is motivated to make this yearbook the best yet, compared to a student who is placed into the class and wants nothing to do with the book.
Kimberly Ho ’16 said, “I feel honored because we get to make something that the class of 2016 will cherish forever.”
This class is different than other classes because there are things such as “icebreakers” and class discussions where everyone participates and has a voice. Icebreakers are in the beginning of class to get the class to open up to each other. An example of an icebreaker the class did would be one person holding one end of a string of a ball of yarn, answering a question on the board such as “If you had to go anywhere, where would it be?” and then holding on to his/her end and throwing it to the next person to answer another question; eventually, this formed a big web in the middle of the classroom. The moral of the story is that if one person lets go, the whole web falls down.
Samantha Castro ’16 said, “The ice breaker we did with the yarn was pretty unique. It had that element of learning something from each classmate but done in a more fun way.”
Max Miloslavsky ’16 said, “We learn to work with each other and compromise to meet the common goal of making an award winning yearbook.”
Some new additions to this yearbook include quotes at the bottom of senior pictures, and a cover that’s not a cartoon, but an actual photo. The yearbook class also plans to incorporate a steady theme throughout the book and keep it uniform throughout all the pages, rather than every page looking like it has nothing to do with the previous page.
The yearbook class has been around since the 1900s and was taught by Ms. Rachel Axin. Then, Mr. Paul Milkman and Ms. Wendy Guida taught the class for many years. After, Ms. Catherine Kaczmarek taught the class for about a year. This year is the second year Ms. Hoque is teaching this class.
Ms. Hoque stated, “Ten years from now, when you revisit your high school yearbook, you should be able to reminisce on the stories that captured your generation. We want to show, not tell. We want to show a yearbook that reveals the trends, friendships, creativity, and memories that captured a flicker of time during your adolescence no matter how ordinary or extraordinary they were; we want to capture the events that only happen once. Congrats 2016!”