Yearbook’s “Blink” Gives the Student Body an Eyeful

By Samantha Johnson, Clarion Staff

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.Theodor Seuess Geisel

Yearbooks arrive on campus May 18. Editors take a break to unload the truck. (Pictured L to R) Nile Brown, Katalina Koloamatangi, Annette Johnson, Herff Jones Representative, Mary Lou Hanzlik, Nejon Quipot, and Sneha Chand. (Pictured front) Eve Greenlow and Christine Vang. Not pictured, Keegan Morris.

With the school year drawing to a close, the desire to savor and create memories begins to grow throughout the student body.  After six months of meeting firm publishing deadlines, the dedication of the 2017 yearbook staff has paid off with the arrival of Blink, the fiftieth Reflections volume.

While the 2016-2017 school year had its ups and downs, the Reflections Staff has managed to capture every moment. The purpose of the yearbook is to create a historic record of the school’s activities, events, and population. It is also a memory book that pays tribute to the graduating class. “Everyone in the school has the potential to be known for whatever they’ve done or whomever they were during the year,” shared Katalina Koloamatangi, the Editor-in-Chief.

The theme “Blink” was created by Nile Brown, who is also the Editor-in-Chief, and refers to how fast time seems to fly by. This is an anniversary edition for the publication that honors its 50 years through photos, stories, and a timeline filled with Kennedy trivia. In a special feature, Ms. Hanzlik and staff have recognized alumni teachers with now and then photos.

Adviser Mary Lou Hanzlik said, “ I returned this year after a two year hiatus to assist with the creation of our fiftieth volume. This is the twelfth yearbook I have advised on over the course of my teaching career, and I was passionate about this project.” She added, “There were a group of students that were disappointed with last year’s book that stepped up by joining the class and contributing. The success of the 2017 book is a result of their hard work and dedication.”

One of the key components contributing to the success of the yearbook is strong photography. Keegan Morris, the Photography Editor, stated, “There were some typos here and there but the clean look with phenomenal pictures really stood out to give this year a good yearbook.”

The school year ends and memories fade, but yearbooks last forever.

Editors Note: We are looking for students dedicated to making the 2018 yearbook great. See Mrs. Hanzlik to enroll. Yearbooks are currently on sale.

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