Yearbook turning pages with new staff

Abby Parr

Sugar Beet staff reporter

The class that captures every waking moment of high school so you won’t forget any second of it, takes them the entire school year to put all the memories together and sometimes runs into the summer. Returning member Eresay Alcantar, trade academy senior is the returning head editor and chief for the 2018- 2019 yearbook. She has attended the Journalism Education Association (JEA Confrence) and various other leadership conferences to help her fulfill the position being the best leader she can be.

“My favorite thing about being in yearbook is seeing how it all comes together in the end. We go from nothing to something and create memories that people can look back on for the rest of their lives,” Alcantar said.

With a new school year comes a new class to help out on putting the whole thing together.

“I look forward to seeing all the new rookies grow and reach their full potential. I really hope some of them find a passion and stick with it all throughout high school,”Alcantar said.

Being the head editor of the yearbook takes a special person. Many of Alcantars peers look up to her as a leader.

Tam Nguyen, health academy sophomore, is a first year member on the yearbook team.

“Eresay is a person with a great work ethic, when she does stuff she does it with a passion,” Nguyen said.

As Nguyen was going into his sophomore year, he knew this was going to be one of his favorite classes.

“I’ve always been into design and photography, so I knew that this would be a perfect fit for me. I’ve really been enjoying the class so far, everyone was so welcoming and friendly,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen said this is a class he has been looking forward to for a while now.

“I’m beyond excited to see everyone’s hard work pay off and to find out what the finished product will look like,” Nguyen said.

As the school year has gone on, he’s noticed that everyone has some little issues here and there, but that doesn’t stop the fight.

“One of my favorite parts about being in yearbook is the struggle. Everyone feeds off each other and helps out. All we need sometimes is a little struggle to keep us on our toes and moving on,” Nguyen said.

Brian Nelson has been teaching the yearbook class going on three years now.

“I really enjoy not only working with my returning students but getting to see the eagerness of our new staff members,” Nelson said.

With success there also comes challenges, and believe it or not there are some bumps in the road when it comes to making the yearbook.

“We went from using Jostens Yearbook Avenue to using Jostens Adobe Monarch. It was a big change that everyone had to adjust to,” Nelson explained.

“With a school with over 2,000 student you’d be surprised at how many people actually buy a yearbook. There is only about 10 percent of the student population who orders one, when there should really be close to 80 percent. If that many people bought a yearbook, they would only cost about $15 each,” Nelson said.”

This isn’t a problem that recently occurred either.

“There was 100 pages added to the most recent yearbook that has been released compared to the one before it, so I’m excited to see how this one will turn out,” Nelson said.

Abby Parr is a health academy sophomore you can contact her at parra2@student.gckschools.com.

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