MCHS staffers putting yearbook to bed
April 2, 2011
How to get a copy
Moffat County High School students who want a copy of this year’s yearbook, Snapshot, can purchase one online at http://www.yearbooksfore…, or by visiting yearbook advisor Casey Kilpatrick. Books cost $70, although students can get a $10 rebate if they order online and take the receipt to Kilpatrick.
For the Moffat County High School yearbook staff, putting together the annual keepsake is an ongoing endeavor.
"Once we do our final submission and the yearbooks are being printed at the production plant, that's when we start our planning," MCHS yearbook advisor Casey Kilpatrick said. "We'll decide on a theme, what kind of graphic elements we want to use, how we want to break the yearbook down, what kind of coverage we want, all the details.
"Once we come to school, we can start designing pages right away."
Last week, the class put together the last of the 144 pages for this year's edition, Snapshot, which will be released in May.
Despite having a small staff of 15 students, 10 of whom are in their first year working on the yearbook, Kilpatrick said this year's product is the among the best he's seen in his four years as advisor.
"Every year, the production itself has gotten better and the staff I've been able to assemble each year has gotten better, which I think is a direct correlation to the quality of the product," he said.
This year's theme is retrospective. But, rather than break sections of the book into generic pages like sports, the pages use a modular design that connects various activities through a central theme on the pages.
"It's kind of like a magazine," senior Britteny Ivers said. "You have a topic and then you put different things on there. We'll have sports pictures and play pictures and other random ones all on the same page, but they all relate to each other."
One of the themed spreads is built around ice. The photos used include a person on a snow machine, hockey players and a cold-weather related science project.
Text in the book is limited, with a large focus placed on photographs. Stories are brief, but Ivers said captions are meant to tell a story.
"All of our captions have to be three sentences, at least," she said. "You have to have a quote in every single caption, and you have to have a detail about the picture and that person and the situation they were in."
Ivers said the staff makes an effort to have a variety of students, clubs and events represented throughout the book. Because of deadlines, though, spring sports get limited coverage and there isn't enough time include prom.
While each student has a specific staff position, they all assist with production, writing, photography and other aspects to complete the project.
Kilpatrick said there is a steep learning curve to the class. For that reason, students go through an interview and recommendation process to get into the class.
"I want to make sure I understand why they're doing yearbook and get an idea of their technical skill and writing ability, and things of that nature," Kilpatrick said. "It's one of those classes where it's hard for anybody to take because you have to have a certain skill set to do it effectively."
Sophomore Karli Griffith said the class has gotten her interested in going to college for graphic design and photography.
"I've always liked photography, but this is how I've learned that I love it," she said. "This was my push for a career decision."
Junior Jonathan Pando, who helps place backgrounds on pages, said he enjoys the design aspect.
"You get to put your own flavor to it," Pando. "Years from now, you'll be like, 'Oh, I created that.' It's pretty cool."
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