There is a course at New Haven High School called the yearbook class, but not many students know what it is about. Mrs. Borcherding, teacher of the class, said that publication class is in charge of producing the yearbook, hosting Santa at the Caboose, and taking photos of students K-12 throughout the school year to post on Zenfolio, (a website where parents or students can order pictures).
Mrs. Borcherding was questioned on how the publications class helps the school, and she said, “The class collects and publishes the history of each school year into the school yearbook.”
She was asked how they come up with the theme for the yearbook each year, and her response was, “We look for big events from the year (this year was the Eclipse). We also look for catchphrases and trends.”
She was also asked what the students do during the hour, and her response was, “We spend most of our time in the Mac Lab working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.”
Students in the class were also asked what they did during the hour, and Lydia Otten, sophomore, said, “We make yearbook pages, upload pictures to Zenfolio, design the yearbook, and take lots and lots of pictures!”
Junior Miranda Durbin added, “We use Adobe softwares to create the yearbook. Each person does something different, very rarely working together to create one page, and we are all assigned or choose a page that we'd like to create.”
The students were asked what skills they learn in the class, and many said that they learn how to take pictures and edit them, make a yearbook page, expand your imagination, and be able to be creative.
Lydia Otten was questioned on what her favorite thing about the class was, and she stated, “My favorite thing about the class is getting to be creative and getting to plan out the yearbook for other students to look back on in years to come!”
Diana Ribera, junior, added, “I’m able to be as creative as I want to be in the pages that I work on. Not many classes that I have can let me show my creativity so I’m glad that I’m able to show it in the yearbook where some students can see it. I also love being able to talk to the other students around me and get their opinion on things.”
Miranda said, “I love my classmates. We're always talking about something, and we all contribute to each other's thinking in some way. Everyone has something to say, and you can confide in them. It's a great way to make new friends and get close to ones you already had.”