Looking at the shiny MHS yearbook cover, a falcon gliding across it, leaving streaks of ultramarine in its wake, nobody could guess all the work that went into it, said freshman Anthony Rose.
Interim MHS yearbook advisor Arthur Hogenauer said, there was no specific yearbook class, so Rose, sophomore Chloe Hood, juniors Kenya Collins and Kristen Seyranian, and senior Morgan Shelly had to meet beyond school hours.
“By the end of the year, a number of students were in ASB, so I took time out of the ASB class period to little yearbook check-ins,” Hogenauer said. “Kids took on assignments as they chose.”
They took pictures, made spreads, and sent out a questionnaire for the all-MHS superlative section, Hogenauer said.
“It was a lot to do with very few people, so I’m very proud,” Hood said.
Hood said that the group met regularly at the beginning of the year, working hard on all the moving pieces of a yearbook.
“As a group, they decided what pages they wanted to make, what things they wanted to cover, and where they wanted to spend their resources,” Hogenauer said.
However, Hood said, during the middle of the year, work slowed to a halt and during the last few months of school the group had to come in during tutorial to pick up the slack.
“We didn’t really think that it was going to get done,” Hood said. “We had to forfeit a few pages and add a few random pages, but all in all we finished it.”
Hogenauer said that towards the end Rose as picking up a lot of the loose ends and making it look a lot more uniform, fixing errors and adding a lot of pages.
Rose said that the experience proved difficult for various reasons. They only had one person send in an ad for their child to be in the yearbook, and because some of the activities had already taken place, they had trouble getting pictures. For golf, they had to photoshop junior Sali Williams’s head onto a photo of Tiger Woods. However, in the end they created a product they were proud of.
Hogenauer said, “[The driving force to make the yearbook great] was that the students wanted to have a good product that their name was going to be on, and they wanted to make something for their school.”