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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


Preparing the 2018-19 Yearbook

Encarta Dictionary defines "yearbook" as "A book compiled by members of a graduating class of a high school or college, commemorating their school year and usually including photographs of the students." Created by the Grenada High School yearbook staff, a group made up of members of the student body ranging from seniors to sophomores, the GHS yearbook consists of the memories and moments that immortalize each school year.

The 2018 – 2019 staff consists of eight students this year – a small number to be sure – but quality above quantity will always prevail! Students on the annual staff are (senior) Sharon Henderson; (juniors) Angel Beck, Anna Hurd, Nick Johnson and Alijah Lofton; (sophomores) Jordan Armstrong, Amelia Ferguson, and Bella Real With only three veteran members, the staff is basically new to the yearbook game, but their enthusiasm more than makes up for their lack of experience. The new members have jumped in with both feet and are working hard to keep the yearbook ahead of schedule.

Ad sales are the first item on the agenda for the yearbook staff. Business ads help defray the cost of the yearbook and allow businesses to show their support for our school. Cold sales calls are tough for adults (myself included), and they are especially hard for budding young salesmen. Please be patient with these students as they are learning to interact on a business level through trial and error. Thanks to all the businesses that support our book each year; your support means the world to us.

Senior recognition ads are great ways to honor your senior and to let them know just how proud you are of their accomplishments. These ads range in size from a full page to an 1/8th of a page – so there is something for everyone. Make your senior feel special with a senior recognition ad in the 2019 GHS Charger yearbook! Keep in mind that senior ads need to be purchased and images turned in by December 10, 2018. Feel free to call or email with any questions regarding business or senior recognition ads.

The next item on the to-do list is theme choice. This actually begins during the spring of the previous year, but usually is finalized at the beginning of the new school year. The group begins by listing a variety of themes they have brainstormed through research. The ideas are then voted on by the group. This year, the staff arrived a theme rather quickly! (Shhhh! It's a secret though and won't be revealed until yearbooks are delivered in the spring!) The theme is very important, because it affects the design of the cover – the first big deadline that the staff must meet – as well as the design and flow of the entire book.

Once school activities are well under way, the staff keeps busy attending and photographing events for publication. As photos and ads filter in, the layout and design of the book actually begins. What groups will go where? Will the order of pages remain the same as last year or will it change? Which photos best represent each sport, event, or club? These are all decisions that must be made and enacted by the staff.

This year, the two main fundraising projects of the yearbook staff will occur early. Charger Olympics takes place September 11, and the GHS Beauty Revue occurs on October 18. These two events are produced entirely by the yearbook staff with help from various teachers. Thanks so much to all the teachers that volunteer to help with these projects! When March rolls around, staff members frantically try to complete pages and fit in one more spring sports game or school event to round out the photos for the yearbook. After all pages are complete and have been checked and re-checked, the book is submitted for publication. After submission, the staff breathes a sigh of relief and holds their annual wrap party to celebrate. Then the whole process begins again!

If you have questions concerning the yearbook or anything related, please contact Stephanie Raper, (662)226-8844 or sraper@grenadak12.com. Go Chargers!