Through yearbook-related activities, schools throughout the country will observe National Yearbook Week, Oct. 3-7, as a way to celebrate excellence in scholastic journalism and acknowledge the important role that yearbook advisers and staffs play in telling the school story through the yearbook.
|According to Amy Barker, yearbook adviser at Monett High School, the first National Yearbook Week was held in October 1987 by proclamation of President Ronald Reagan. It coincided with the Bicentennial celebration of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing freedom of the press.|
The proclamation declares "The students who compile yearbooks likewise treasure all that the experience can teach them about teamwork and about writing, the graphic arts, and business skills. The practical cooperation and specialization that students learn in yearbook production stand them in good stead when they enter college or pursue other opportunities."
Barker believes this proclamation describes the purpose of the MHS yearbook and its staff.
"Yearbooks allow all students at Monett High School to see themselves and their friends in print as a part of the school story and are valuable keepsakes that everyone in the Monett High School community can hold onto forever," said Barker. "Creating a yearbook is a great way for students to learn first-hand many skills for multiple business career paths. The real-life experience gleaned in yearbook can lead to personal and professional success, no matter what career choice they pursue."
The yearbook staff for 2011-12 will be led by co-editors Jordan VanLue and Claudia Martinez. Other staff members include Chloe Ridgley, Nicollette Fellwock, Samantha Vore, Brittany Schultz, Angelina Ortiz, Delann Eden and Cassie Hagedorn. The theme for this year's year book will be "Live Out Loud."
This year's sign-up day for the 2011-12 yearbook at MHS will be on Thursday, Oct. 20. Students will have the opportunity to fill out their forms to purchase a book on that day. Then, Jostens will send out payment notifications later in the school year and yearbooks can be purchased with a payment plan.
According to Barker, the MHS yearbook staff is working hard to get every student in the book at least three times. To help the staff achieve this goal, students and parents are welcome to submit photos for consideration by navigating to the Yearbook Activity page on the MHS school website: monett.schoolfusion.us and upload their photos using Image Share.
From start to finish, creating a yearbook is much like a business, run by students and under the guidance of yearbook advisers. Yearbook staff members take photographs, write stories, design page layouts, create cover art and oversee the marketing, selling and distributing of their yearbooks.
"At MHS, we are working to create the best yearbook ever," added Barker.
For more information about purchasing a yearbook or submitting photos for the yearbook, contact Barker in the afternoons at 235-5445.