GREENVILLE – Last year’s yearbooks just arrived at Greenville Senior High School (GHS).
Students in the GHS Yearbook Class and Yearbook Adviser and 9th/10th – grade English Teacher Kathleen Kuhbander began the process of distribution. That is just one of the many skills the 17 students learn in the class. Senior student Ashley Marker is in charge of the clerical duties.
“I like being organized,” she said “I’m not one to throw stuff together.”
Junior student Hannah Knight volunteers for about everything, but she mainly focuses on photography and computers. In addition, she is working on a yearbook commercial in the Interactive Media (IMTV) Class.
“Yearbook is one of my favorite classes,” she said.
Freshman student Chloe Sowry tracks advertising and Facebook sales. She appeals to the student body.
“A lot of people think yearbook is just for seniors,” she said. “We have to help them understand it is for all of the students.”
Senior student Lindsi Lee-Sams is involved with the creative aspect of the book. One tool she uses is gathering ideas from past yearbooks. Another, is interviewing GHS students for input. She is also very instrumental in the cover design.
“We are getting students more involved with the process, not just those of us in the Yearbook Class,” she said.
Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association, is also a valuable presence in the yearbook process.
“He helps us out a lot,” Kuhbander said. “He takes photos of sports events and many other events and shares them with us.”
Kuhbander is almost half-way through her first year at GSHS, but it is her seventh year working as a yearbook adviser. The process has changed over the years, she said. The 1994/95 year was Kuhbander’s first. At that time, everything was processed by hand.
“It was learning a whole new skill for me,” she said.
Huge sheets of graph paper were used for the layouts that required good math skills. Photos were developed at K-Mart, cropped by hand, and placed, in proportion, on the page. She had to type all of the texts, print it all and mail the pages, in huge envelopes, to the printer.
“The Jostens Yearbook Avenue is how we build the yearbook now,” Kuhbander said. “It is full of creative templates we can use.”
The new book is almost ready, but the class is waiting on the Lifetouch Company. Lifetouch tags each picture with the person’s name, which enables the creation of reports that count the number of times each person is in the yearbook.
“The goal is to have everyone in the yearbook at least three times,” Sowry said.
This year’s theme is vintage, which won by a popular vote. While it is not the book’s primary focus, it gives a nod to the schools that are coming down, as many of the students have attended them.
“I enjoy producing a yearbook,” Kuhbander said. “I enjoy working with the community. It is fun to see the finished product.”
The 2015-2016 yearbooks just arrived at GHS. Graduates who ordered them may pick them up in the office.
Anyone wanting to advertise in the yearbook can contact Kathy Kuhbander at [email protected]
Yearbooks are on sale for the 2016-2017 school year for $65, until Christmas break, December 16. After January 1, the price increases.