Yearbook Staff Wraps Up Production After a year of working, volume 12 has been finalized

After working on the yearbook virtually, the staff of The Howl have turned in all pages of the book and deemed it complete. “At that moment, all I felt was tired if I’m gonna be honest with you,” editor-in-chief Alan Org said. “At the same time, I also felt pretty happy. We had just spent the entire weekend working on the book so I definitely felt like I was free. ” Photo Credit: Alan Org

With this yearbook being the first one to be created in distance learning instead of in-person, the staff were aware that the 2021 year wouldn’t be easy. They would have to help the new members and adapt to a newer version of the Jostens design program. 

“I was definitely concerned about the staff members, especially the newcomers,” editor Sandra Amores said. “I think at the start of 2020, Jostens drastically changed to the point where even us editors and Mr. LaPorte had a bit of a hard time adjusting to it. So with our program that we use to create the book being all new and different, this made me a little worried about how our staff members would adapt to it.”

Unlike previous years, yearbook production started earlier. The development of the theme, “Don’t Get Us Started,” began days after schools shut down in March of last year. 

“This yearbook differs greatly from every other book in that it has more specialty pages, more photos taken from outside sources, and an entirely new section that’s not present in the other books,” editor-in-chief Alan Org said. “There’s a lot of things that are different in order to work around our situation and our lack of ability to really capture anything that’s happening during school.”

The staff relied heavily on the student body for content materials, making the production process stressful. Amongst the hardships, the staff learned to keep going and not give up. An example of this would be asking a person for a response and finding someone else if that person either didn’t reply or left them on read. 

“There’s only one word that can describe my whole experience while creating this book, and that word is ‘stressful,’” Amores said. “Reaching out and contacting people was a nightmare. The luxury of being able to pull a student out of class was completely thrown out the window for us this year. The number of emails, texts, direct messages I’ve had to send this year is too high for me to count. And don’t get me started on marketing/trying to sell the book. I’ll just say, it took a crazy amount of convincing for us to reach our sales goal.”

For many of the new staff members, facing responsibilities and learning new skills, such as writing stories and designing speciality pages, was difficult. However, editors felt impressed with the accomplishments they have been able to make. 

“I was completely blown away by what they were able to put together this year,” Amores said. “Not only were they jumping into something new, but they had to learn and do it all virtually. It’s as if they did the impossible. For their first year on the yearbook staff, they should be more than proud of the work that they accomplished.

Having their hard work and dedication finally pay off, the staff is ready to see the book in May. 

“Some of the pages look great and some are okay,” specialty editor Jessica Scott said. “I can look at the pages I did last year and think ‘These look fantastic!,’ but a few of these pages are mediocre since I know what I’m capable of. But still, this book is still the best book by far. I hope the class next year can win a bunch of awards because of it.”