Yearbook Class Strives for Completion, Uniqueness

By Brianna Lackwood ’17 and Franchesca Gumabon ’17

Driven by deadlines, creative interests, and overall drive, the Yearbook class of 34 students is actively working on formatting the senior yearbook.

Little was revealed about the theme of this year’s book, for students want the graduating class to be surprised upon receiving their very own. What can be said about it, however, is that it is notable. Each individual in the class pitched in their ideas for submission and collaborated on the final decision.

“It’s very special to seniors,” said Lera Larina ‘16. “It’ll be very sentimental.”

A unique feature to the book will be its inclusion of trigger images that, with the use of Aurasma Studio’s app, will display videos of memorable senior or school events onto their phones. Certain images will have symbols next to them, signifying that they are trigger images. The application will detect this once students use their phones to point at the photos and play its video version.

This year, like previous years, the book will be comprised of many sections varying from baby photos to a sports’ team spread. Also, the yearbook has included some profiles of students who have passed away. What it will not include are student and teacher superlatives which had been abandoned two years ago on account of Midwood’s expanding population.

This exclusion has allowed for the yearbook to allot more space to other segments mainly encompassing senior life. The book will include parts on faculty, senior portraits, senior day pictures, and various clubs. New this year will be devoted portions to Midwood’s debate team for their repeated success, the new badminton club, and Liberal Arts and Science Institute (LASI) program, which was chosen to be covered by the students of yearbook.

“Everybody should be represented,” said Kelsey Hyppolite ’16 about this addition .

Hyppolite, along with many others, came up with the idea in hopes of giving recognition for the program. Their spread will solely be dedicated to LASI students’ photos and accomplishments. This goes to show that much thought and effort is put forth in the creation of the yearbook’s pages

Behind the creation of these pages are dedicated students whose work manifests itself  in the very jobs they take on whether it be photographing school events or designing the yearbook’s theme. This work brings along with it the necessity for responsibility and, of course, teamwork.

Ms. Farhana Hoque, teacher to the Yearbook class and four sections of freshman English, stated that Yearbook is like big family. There is a lot of collaborative work that essentially puts students in the position to engage in group related activity.

“I don’t just need people who can take a selfie, but quality award winning photography,” Ms. Hoque said. “They  need to be able to produce quality work.”

In fact, portfolio admissions are required of seniors  to be considered for this class. These portfolios should present one’s knack for design, writing, and art. If chosen, students will be able to showcase their skill and be a part of the 34, handpicked students who will be able to design the graduating class’s yearbook.

While this is true, what can easily be overlooked is the distinct give and take relationship that exists between this class and its members; through Yearbook, students are susceptible to perfecting their personal skills and acquiring new ones.

“This is a chance for me to pursue my love for photography in school, and I learn to meet demands,” said Ida Polishchuk ’16.

Similarly, Chankele Winfield ’16, who helps designs spreads for the book,  believes that  the class has served as an artistic outlet for her to explore her interests.

“As an artist it gives me a chance to find a new form of art,” said Winfield. “I was ready to create something special for Midwood.”

Winfield is able to exhibit her art with Walsworth Yearbooks, a publishing company that is also a yearbook editing site. In fact, one of Walsworth Yearbooks representatives, Jessica Crankshaw, helps students with the designing of the yearbook to the best of her abilities. Together, Crankshaw and Ms. Hoque guide students throughout the entire process. Every graduating class’s yearbook is carefully made in order to wow students once they see it. That’s why the process of creating the book takes about nine months.

“Think of it as a baby,” said Ms. Crankshaw. “At the end of nine months, I hope that when the students look at the book it’ll make them feel happy to look back at their years.”

             Besides creating the yearbook, due to the class being comprised of all seniors, another main focus stressed is preparation for college. Ms. Hoque often invites college office counselors like Ms. Marisa Koeppel. During these sessions, Ms. Koeppel advises students to apply to scholarships in order to help aid them with finances. As a result, many of Ms. Hoque’s students are well prepared and steadfast on the path to college.

“My role as an advisor is to make sure they never stop applying,” said Ms. Hoque.

In fact, Ms. Hoque gives students several assignments to complete over the course of the year. She has asked students to submit college admissions essays that will count toward their grade in the class. With these essays, Ms. Hoque provides helpful and constructive feedback. Likewise, students will be asked to do a career project for potential job paths in the either of the months May or June. These task requirements are administered in hopes of making students prudent about their life after graduation.

In addition to this, students gain skill levels in art, writing, design, and work ethic. Simultaneously, they think about their future, and will hopefully apply what they’ve acquired in taking this class to college.

Max Miloslavsky ‘16 stated that in college working on deadlines is important. This class accentuates this because If deadlines aren’t met, consequences are usually put into effect.

These latent lessons alongside all of the hard work that the staff to Yearbook do will surely present itself once the book is due by the last week of April. Along the way, students are encouraged to be proud of what they’ve accomplished so far.

“The greatest takeaway from this class is getting to be a part of something that I know will last forever,” said Lilly Leggard ’16. “I get to look back at the book and say, ‘hey I made that.’ ”

Yearbook is a class dedicated to building strong relationships through teamwork and creativity. It stresses the importance of being college ready as well as sharing your individuality amongst others.

“There’s no senioritis here; It doesn’t exist,” said Ms. Hoque.

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