Originally created 09/21/04

Yearbook meetings inspire students, advisers



Everyone enters their senior year hoping to make lasting memories. Those on the yearbook staff spend the school year documenting these moments. This year at Harlem High, we will accomplish this goal but with a different approach.

As I sat awaiting the arrival of our yearbook sponsors in a room full of computers awaiting the arrival of our yearbook sponsors three weeks ago, I watched other staff members enter the room. Some sat down next to friends while others introduced themselves to unfamiliar faces.

I could sense the enthusiasm and excitement that all the members had to be a part of the staff this year.

When the room finally was full of eager staff members, yearbook adviser Angie Simpson entered with a deafening "Hey guys! Aren't you glad to be here? Whoo!"

I felt the room jump as she startled us, and I could tell she was ready to begin.

Mrs. Simpson and fellow adviser Lindsay Rabin, who described themselves as punctual perfectionists, introduced their ideas of how to make a more exciting and attractive yearbook. Our goal is to create a yearbook with edge.

All I kept thinking was that this is going to be a year of many changes. Already, the yearbook staff consists of students selected on previous experience, creativity, and maturity, along with consideration by the administration, rather than just signing up for the class. Talk has it that instead of selling yearbooks through posters and announcements, yearbook members will sport pins with slogans such as, "Ask me, I know" or "Got Yearbook?" to stir up curiosity, as member Katie Turner suggested. We might even visit homerooms to explain order forms and answer questions.

As a senior, you want to hold on to traditions while setting trends others will follow. This year's staff promises to accomplish both.

TEEN BOARD MEMBER REUBEN RENTAS IS A SENIOR AT HARLEM HIGH SCHOOL.