Yearbook tries something new

Yearbook tries something new

With annuals now on sale, Yearbook hosts a signing party for students who want to receive their books a week early, at the gym, on June 8. Yearbook also provided pizza and a drink for the $5 price of admission.

Roy Mendoza, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Copy Editor

With a successful yearbook under their belts, the 2011-2012 yearbook staff decided to throw a signing party in the gym on Friday, June 8 with the intention of raising funds for next year’s staff.


Though not an original idea, the signing party was adopted after some of the members from yearbook overheard other schools at camp saying that it was a good source of revenue. Determined to try it out, the idea was brought up during school and the team decided they would go forward with it.


“We basically wanted to make the distribution fun for everybody,” yearbook Business Manager Natalie Hurtado said, “and give them time to sign their books since not all teachers let students do so.”


Since this was a fairly new event on campus, not too many students knew what to expect. Both this years and next years staff promoted the three main perks of attending this activity: getting pizza and a soft drink, the yearbook a weekend early, and an excused sixth-period-leave to attend.


As students walked up to the gate, they were greeted by various staff members waiting to assist them incase they had any questions. The area was filled with balloons, posters, and smiles. Even though it was advised to have bought their ticket before June 7, students could simply walk up to a table outside and purchase one. Once they had everything in order, the students could walk up to the gym doors and enter the signing party.


To the left of the entrance, there were many tables set up with the letters of the alphabet. According to their last name, students were advised to go receive what they had been waiting for: their yearbook. To the right, there were kids of each grade signing each others yearbooks, eating pizza, and simply chatting away with their friends.  Music, food, a period off, and their yearbook; it was the perfect combination for most of the students in attendance.


“The whole event in general was a great idea,” attendee Laura Garcia said. “People from current and previous classes asked me to sign their yearbook. I hadn’t seen some of those faces in quite some time, so having an event like this one was a nice way of reconnecting and remembering moments that were once shared with one another.”


Since this was an end-of-the-year fundraiser, next year’s staff was asked to attend the event and help with either the distribution of yearbooks or food, or to greet the newcomers. After all, this money would benefit them greatly since they would start the year off with a larger sum of money at their disposal thanks to this event.


Overall, students could agree that this was a successful first try on behalf of the yearbook team. Students got a period off, food, and a chance to show off their yearbook to their friends a weekend earlier all for $5 dollars. What more could they ask for.