It is finished!
School ended three weeks from yesterday…and summer began. Well, summer began for most people. Today, at 2 p.m. MY summer officially began when I hit the submit button on our last proof pages for the yearbook. That’s right, my 10th Emporia High yearbook as an adviser has been put to bed! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been back in Emporia teaching for 11 years and have been in charge of the journalism program for 10.
Each year is dramatically different when you advise the yearbook. Some years are easy, some are a bit more challenging. Sometimes the theme is one that just fits so perfectly while other years it tends to feel more forced. Sometimes the staff is super motivated and take charge, while other staffs tend to be procrastinators. Something that never changes is that there are moments of excitement, stress, joy, pressure, annoyance, exuberance, headaches, heartaches, stomachaches….and that’s usually all on the same day.
Now the wait begins…the wait until the finished product comes to the door. In about a month the nightmares will begin…the ones where the books shows up with no pictures, or with the wrong school name, or won’t show up at all. That’s all part of the fun of being an adviser. I know this yearbook won’t be perfect. I was once told that the only perfect yearbook would be a book with absolutely nothing written on the pages. But, that book is 10 months of hard work and dedication by student staff members and will be the record of the year for Emporia High School for the 2013-2014 school year.
It’s also this time of year that I start getting excited about starting the next book. We will get to begin planning what we will gift to EHS as the 2014-2015 school record. Two of my seniors have already started looking at Pinterest for some ideas and doing brainstorming on their own…but that can wait about a month…now it’s time to enjoy summer for a little bit!