Yearbook is just not games
BY HAILEE WHITFIELD ON MARCH 21, 2014
Students taking yearbook this year say that this class is harder than their peers think. The students in yearbook feel that some think the class is a “joke” class which makes the other students who take yearbook seriously have to work even harder.
“People think it’s just a class where you can goof off and do your own thing,” junior Taylor Clark said. “It’s actually a really important class, because it teaches you responsibility and time management.”
Clark took yearbook first semester along with everyone else, but this semester she has yearbook fourth period to herself in the annex. She spends that time working on spreads and making sure things are arranged properly.
“It’s not a normal class environment,” Clark said. “We’re all like family and we get to have fun, but we also have to make sure we get things done at the same time.”
Junior Haley Evans is one of the editors for the yearbook. Evans is one of the many students at Rose that let’s people know that a lot of hard work is put into creating this publication.
“People just sign up for it because they think it’s an easy A, when [yearbook is] actually a lot of work,” Evans said. “We end up having to do a lot more work when someone doesn’t take it seriously.”
Students like Clark and Evans put in extra time to finish work that needs to be done for yearbook. They want people to know that it is a fun class but when someone does not do their own work, it has an effect on the progress of the yearbook.
“A lot of people would think that I just sit in here and do nothing since I have this class to myself,” Clark said. “I’m here until 3:34 just like everyone else and I only work on yearbook stuff when I’m in [the annex].”
Along with Clark, Evans also spends extra hours working on things for the yearbook.
“I stay up until two in the morning doing yearbook stuff when I should be working on my AP classes,” Evans said.
With the extra hours put in making the yearbook, the staff members have come up with new ideas for this year’s issue.
The social media hashtag, #roseyearbook, was created by Editor-in-Chief Addie Kate Kunkel and Managing Editor Ellie Lewis. It was created to allow students to hashtag their pictures on Instagram or Twitter so that staff members can look at the pictures to put in the yearbook.
“We’re going to have a spread full of Instagram pictures that students have taken in or out of school,” Evans said. “If we see a picture we like, we hashtag it and try to get others to do it to their pictures so that we can get almost everyone in the school into the yearbook.”
Major Timothy Davis and Sergeant Robert Overby are the teachers for yearbook. Davis began teaching yearbook last year and continued to teach it this year.
“Some students think that they can just sit back and relax when really that is not the case,” Davis said. “[Students] sign up thinking it’s an easy A but when they start producing spreads and getting grades, it’s a different story.”
Clark is looking forward to taking yearbook next year during her senior year. Clark wants students to know that yearbook is not a hard class unless you do not do your work.
“One good thing and bad thing about yearbook is that you sign up with your friends, so it kind of distracts you,” Clark said. “People slack off by taking advantage of the class but it is not a hard class, once you sit down and get your work done, that’s when you can have fun.”