STM students wait for this day with baited breath. Crafting witty messages to friends, checking to see if your picture is truly as awful as you thought it was; the pressure is on. Yes STM, yearbooks are coming out soon, although I’m afraid I can't say exactly how soon. Within the span of a few weeks, students at St. Thomas More will be flipping through these precious books but many will not give much thought to how they were created.
STM’s Yearbook Committee works tirelessly, year after year, to craft these wonderful keepsakes and this year’s yearbook might be the best one yet. According to Marissa Foley, Head Editor of Yearbook Committee, “For past [yearbook] themes we usually got a little weird, so for this year’s yearbook, it’s going to be a little weird again. We’re using a personal favourite theme of mine.” Collin Do, a yearbook photographer, says, “We did kind of a Fortieth Anniversary theme because it was the school’s fortieth anniversary this past year.”
Other than these details, the Yearbook Committee is keeping its lips sealed about the new yearbook. There is a way, however, you can be directly involved in the creation and development of the next book: join Yearbook Committee.
STM students have a very unique opportunity this year, as Yearbook Committee is having open applications. Marissa Foley explains that usually, “There are a few students selected each year to work on the book and put it together, so it’s not something you could really sign up for. Because of the dedication it does require, it is very selective which is sad, but it gets the job done. It’s not really a club; it’s more of a project.” But this year, if you’re interested in photography you have a chance to join the project.
There are a few things to take into consideration if you plan on applying to Yearbook Committee. First of all, it’s a huge commitment. “It’ll take up all your time. Yearbook is life. It’s like a drug to you; you get addicted,” says Foley. “We start planning it in the last weeks of summer, and we go three weeks into the next summer planning it, so there’s about...maybe less than a month in a year when we’re not working on it. It’s pretty much a year-round activity.”
Obviously, you can expect to be taking a lot of photos if you join Yearbook Committee, but you also have to have an open schedule. As of now, the committee is made up of only five students, who cover anything and everything throughout the school community. Experience with Photoshop or computers is preferred as yearbook members design a portion of the book’s pages.
Collin Do explained that “people don’t realize you have to be committed, because you can’t just slack off. If you don’t [design] your [yearbook] pages, someone else has to pick up your slack and finish it by the deadline. It’s a lot of commitment, and if no one picks up a camera and goes out and takes pictures, then we won’t have any pictures to put on the pages. Someone has to be everywhere, at all times.”She also advises potential applicants to “have time, and manage your time well.”
If you’re interested in applying for a position on the Yearbook Committee, stop by Room 117 and talk to Ms. DiCecca for more details. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy this year’s yearbook!