While gathering inspiration from decades of previous yearbook publications as well as current professional magazines, staff members are learning to critique and analyze layout and design techniques in order to bring this centennial celebration to life. With the preparation and dedication of staff, this book will be a testament to the century of previous students’ work and a guide to the future.
Through careful study of past works, the best features of all will be combined in brilliant, full color that was unavailable to previous generations. Most of the students on the staff are new to yearbook and they offer a fresh perspective to a classic tradition.
Clubs Editor Kianna Ross wants this book to have a grand feeling.
“I want it to be not just good, but out-of-the park good,” said Ross.
As a group, the class traveled to the Thomas County Public Library to pore over early THS and Douglas High School volumes dating as far back as 1917. Although it will include references to the past, the 2017-18 book will highlight and focus on current students. The Centennial Edition will include pages with student-based polls, activities, and articles all revolving around the centennial theme.
Current THS yearbook staff adviser, Desirée Celaya is intent on remembering the huge responsibility it is to chronicle the events of a particular school year.
“I remind the students that we can essentially ‘choose’ the things that people will remember by the photos we include and the features we write,” said Celaya.
Lynn Stowers, who currently teaches American Literature and Advanced Placement Literature at Scholars Academy, was the THS yearbook staff adviser for 37 years. She says the biggest change has been the shift to digital designing and availability of color printing. “It was a lot more complicated when we did it than it seems to be now...I’m a bit jealous,” said Stowers. “Every photo had to be labeled with the job number...it was just a nightmare.”
One of the books Stowers worked on was for a big anniversary year. She and her team also pulled inspiration from old copies of The Pines and Douglas High School’s The Lion. They worked extremely hard on the contents of the book but unfortunately the publisher did not send a mock-up of the cover that year. The final print resembled, “ketchup and mustard.”
According to Stowers, “It just broke my heart.”
One of her prettiest books had a silver cover with an embossed arrow. A page featuring student surveys with questions like, “What excuse did you give to your parents when your grades were bad?” made one yearbook particularly funny and successful.
This year’s cover will be classic and simple with a touch of sophistication. Gold lettering with red script accents on a matte black background embossed with pine trees will bind this masterpiece and represent the timeless elegance of The Pines.
In the hundred year history, the various staffs that have contributed to the book have dealt with changing times and technology. At one time, there were as many as three separate staff groups to handle the work of selling ads, selling the books, taking photos, and putting everything together into one cohesive piece. The current staff handles all of the responsibilities with enthusiasm.
Academics Editor Rachel Brewer said that she joined yearbook because she thought it would a fun thing to participate in.
“I wanted to be able to have a say in how the book looks,” said Brewer.
The Pines is in its final days of sales before the ordering deadline of March 12, 2018. Go to ybpay.com and enter Yearbook ID Code 12981518 or see Celaya to order your yearbook in person.