Yearbook staff works together to capture a year of memories

by Rachel Holbrook

A school yearbook is a memorable representation of students’ lives captured on paper. Yearbooks are filled with information, achievements, and memories. As students grow older, they can use these valuable books to show friends and family their experiences. Who makes the Bellbrook High School yearbook? That would be the yearbook staff! It is a class of students who work hard to create the best yearbook every year, which isn’t easy. They do all kinds of different things to make this possible. Students are in charge of taking pictures of important events that capture the essence of our high school and write captions and stories to explain the pictures. Pictures are taken on spirit days, at sporting events, and at all of our main school activities. Mrs. Giles, as the adviser, organizes and finalizes all of the Bellbrook yearbooks.

According to first-year yearbook staff member senior Sydney Tieber:

Some students who have taken yearbook before are considered editors and they have more responsibilities. They will help come up with page layouts, ideas, and will help other students edit their pages. But, everyone has multiple assignments that we work on in class. So, we come up with captions, comb through photos, choose which ones are the best, and organize them in their respective pages. Sometimes during class, we will go to classes and take pictures of certain activities that we want to include in the yearbook, or we will go to lunch and take pictures of costumes. Mrs. Giles has a hand in everything that we do. She takes awesome pictures, has great ideas for captions, and is very tech savvy with the yearbook software that we have to use. She assists everyone with their questions and has an answer for just about everything. 

An interview with Sydney Tieber

Question 1: How many years have you been in yearbook?

Answer: This is actually my first time taking yearbook. 

Question 2: Why did you decide to join the class?

Answer: Well, I was originally signed up for AP Chemistry. But after a few weeks, I realized that yearbook would work better with my schedule and was a better fit for me. 

Question 3: What is your role in yearbook?

Answer: My assignments are: Spirit Week, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Tennis, Administration, and Spirit Committee. So, I take some pictures, choose what photos are going to be included on my pages, and come up with captions. 

Question 4: What is your favorite part about the class?

Answer: Mrs. Giles is a fantastic teacher who is very helpful and creative. Also, I have a lot of friends in the class and it has been fun getting to know some of my other peers better. 

Question 5: How has being in yearbook impacted you, knowing that you are helping design and create a book to hold our highschool memories many students will cherish forever? 

Answer: I never realized how much effort actually goes into putting together a yearbook with almost 200 pages. It takes a lot of work, but I think it is going to be really cool getting to see our digital version come to life. My favorite part of getting back the yearbooks is hearing people say: “Hey, there’s me,” or “Oh my gosh, look at us.” I love seeing the rapid flipping of pages and the excitement on people’s faces when they see all of the memories inside their yearbook. 


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