Yearbook’s early deadline causes shortage on coverage

Winnie Truong (’17) edits her page to make sure each detail is perfect. Photo by Jamie Pham

by Suzane Jlelati, Staff Writer

The yearbook is made by a class of students who work together on photography, designing and writing about all the student activities that have made the school year great. Here’s the problem: not everything that happens is covered in the yearbook.

The deadline for the yearbook is April 7, which means many events that happen afterwards will be cut off. Although the yearbook team always manages to include last minute events into the yearbook through the Aurasma app, some may think that it isn’t exactly a yearbook because it only covers eight months out of the ten that makes up the school year. 

“We have an Aurasma app where you can look at a video of other events. Baron Broadcast News (BBN) makes videos for us and then we program it so that once you use the app and capture it, a video pops up on your screen and it’s a video of the event. Prom is something that we’re definitely going to miss, Mr. Baron and others should be on that,” said Destiny Truong (’17), Editor-in-Chief of Yearbook. 

The yearbook must be submitted early all due to printing and shipping. Unlike a video or newspaper that BBN or Baron Banner create, a yearbook is a book with colored, intricate pages that require at least two months worth of printing to deliver to all the students.

“It depends whether or not they make the cut, there are still some seniors of the month that we still need to put in, so those are exceptions and Baron Games. Baron games has a set page already it usually has one or two spreads (pages). Other events like Mr.Baron, it fluctuates; it doesn’t have a definite year. Last year we had it I believe because it was before our due date but now it’s after,” said Truong. 

The yearbook team starts planning end-of-the-year events prior to September so that they can begin creating pages once the school year begins. The team even works after school and during lunches to meet deadlines and to finish as many pages as they possibly can so they can to move to the next ones and so forth. Even after the yearbook is sent to the printers, they continue to work on the yearbook, checking for little mistakes they’ve missed or improving on what they already created.

“[The deadline] is usually early in the school because one, we need to have enough time to edit everything and it’s also because everything is in April so it takes a while for the manufacturers to make the actual yearbook and so we also need to iron out all the kinks during that time so we have to push all of over deadlines earlier just in case anything happens because we bring the yearbook out a week or so before school ends, so we need all that time to make sure everything is perfect,” said Truong.