By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The yearbook staff at the Madison County Central School has spent the majority of this year preparing a one of a kind yearbook. Thanks to new software and great opportunities, the students were able to pull off this feat with few obstacles. This year’s yearbook will be in full color, thanks to the use of a new program called Yearbook Avenue.
The staff this year was sponsored by Doris Murdoch and Heather Welch. Both teachers were new to the journalism programs and software. Welch said, “By the time the yearbook was finished, the students were teaching us so many things that we had no idea the program could do. They just work so well together and have learned so much.”
Yearbook Avenue is done all online and is ran by Josten’s. It allows students to build pages and upload pictures, no matter where they are. It even allows parents to upload pictures directly to the site if they want or need to. The program also gives students their own personal login information so that other students cannot make changes to their pages.
Each student, or group of students, was assigned pages that were their responsibility for the year, such as boy sports, volleyball, clubs, classes, etc. The students also got to build their own ads for the back of the yearbook.
When asked what their favorite part of being on the yearbook staff was, students began shouting all kinds of responses. Some students talked about the software, explaining how fun it was to work with and how easy it was to personalize the pages.
Others talked about all the activities the staff got to be a part of, such as ad sales day and Spirit Week. Ad sales day is the day where the students get to go to different businesses in town and sell them ads for the back of the yearbook. Spirit week allows staff members to dress up in funny outfits to gain awareness for book sales. Staff members got to dress up like rock stars and wear their pajamas for Spirit Week.
Doris Murdoch stated, “The experience has been great and the kids are wonderful. They are so eager to learn and they are just great kids.”
The staff of the MCCS yearbook would like to thank the community for their continued support for the program and would like to give a special thanks to those businesses that supported them this year. They would also like to let the community know that they still have about 25 books left available for sale. They are also selling last year’s yearbooks for $20, and any yearbooks older than that are only $10. Anyone interested in purchasing a yearbook can do so by visiting the Media Center at the school.