February 26, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
By Carissa Cummings
The 2016 yearbook is off to a good start thanks to McNary High School English teacher, Mrs. Marrla Wilkinson, and the students in her class. The theme is going to be throwback. There will be pages where there’s a combination of pictures from this year and pictures from yearbooks before. There will also be a few movie-themed pages with some Beauty and the Beast incorporated in as well.
The class is divided up into groups of students and each student is assigned a certain number of pages. That student will, then, do everything for the page. They will take the pictures, do the layout, type the cutlines and captions, identify all the students, and check the spelling of their names. Once they are done, Wilkinson will do the final editing.
Recently, the yearbook staff went on a day long field trip at Youth with a Mission Ropes Course. Junior, Kylee Maldorado described it as a way for the yearbook students to bond. She was one of the students that got to lead an obstacle.
“All of us were blindfolded; I was even blindfolded. I had to walk us up a large hill without having us go over the edge. Mrs. Wilkinson told us that we walked in an ‘S’ shape so it looked like a snake,”
Maldorado said that going to this ropes course helped them to listen to each other. Now, when they are in class, teamwork is improved.
One thing that yearbook really does for students, other than letting them just make the yearbook, is to connect to each other and the whole school in general. With the whole class combined, yearbook could know every single person in the school, according to Maldorado.
A McNary Senior, Amber Survan, said that in yearbook, “you get to know the whole school.” She said, “When I started going [to McNary], I was more shy and not talking to people.” Now, she really has a place that she belongs.
Maldorado described the bond as feeling pretty great. “You know that you have people there from different areas of the school and they are there for you.”
Aysha Alsaro, a Junior, said that one of the things she really likes about yearbook is that “you get to work with different types of people, which is really cool.”
This is Mrs. Wilkinson’s thirds year of doing yearbook and she says that the hardest part of doing yearbook is that “the yearbook adviser is always going to be also teaching other classes and there’s so much to do besides yearbook that there isn’t a lot of time to focus on yearbook.”
Another difficult thing about yearbook is keeping track of every concert, play, and game. If you miss an event, you don’t get a chance to go back. But there’s always a backup plan. There’s someone from Keizertimes that goes to a lot of events to take pictures and videos and yearbook can get pictures from him.
And for those of you thinking to do yearbook in the future, Kylee has some advice for you. “Go in there, make friends, and have fun.”