High school annual staff strives for another quality edition this year
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 31, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Every year, a select number of juniors and seniors work their hardest to provide a treasured tradition: the high school annual.

High school English teacher Becky Ginn said that only those who were on the yearbook staff as juniors could serve as seniors. To get on staff as juniors, they must write a persuasive letter to Ginn telling her why they deserve to take her yearbook class and be on staff.

The staff must work constantly throughout the semester to ensure that they meet their deadlines. The first set of pages was sent in October. In order for the annual to be available in the spring, the final pages must be sent in February. Because of this deadline, they also create a supplement that can be stuck in the back of the book. This helps all athletic teams to be shown accurately, as well as the prom king and queen, honor graduates, valedictorian and salutatorian.

The senior staff is a tight-knit group, which is probably inevitable when students spend that much time together in stressful situations. The repartee between John David Fourqurean and Kyle Allen resembles the dialogue from a Marx Brothers movie, with Ginn filling the role of the straight woman. The main difference is that she gets their sense of humor.

When asked what their primary responsibilities are, Allen and Fourqurean said they sell a good deal of ads for the yearbook.

“And if anyone has to yell as Ms. Ginn, we take care of that too,” Fourqurean said.

When asked what the best part of being on staff is, Allen quickly said, “The money,” without cracking a smile.

Ginn said that the yearbook is published by a company called Taylor Publishing, which is based in Dallas. Ginn said a sales representative named Lori Hodges has visited a few times to help them use the Elite Vision software in their layout designs. Fourqurean and Allen are quick to mention what an attractive woman they consider Hodges to be.

“My girls didn’t seem as enthusiastic,” Ginn said laughing.

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