School’S Paparazzi On The Chase

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Kaila Bohlman turns the table on this photojournalist during the morning yearbook class at Payson High School.

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Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Angie Lowery tries different fonts to see what works best with the photographs on this yearbook page.

This year’s Payson High School yearbook, with plenty of photographers on staff, promises to offer a plethora of pictures — more so than in past years, said yearbook supervisor Lindsay Smith.

In fact, the goal is to picture every student in school three times. A list on the front of Smith’s classroom door — CF6 — lists all the students and on which pages of the yearbook they can be found.

“It’s a very lofty goal, but we’re so small that it’s tangible,” Smith said. “They’ve started calling themselves the paparazzi.”

Indeed, some students feign embarrassment and hide from the yearbook staff. “We chase them,” joked sophomore Jacquelyn Oesterblad.

This year’s yearbook is the most serious endeavor yet, with more color and more pizzazz than ever before.

“It takes $30,000 to produce these books,” Smith said. “We’ve always hit the goal, but it’s always been a black and white / color mix.” This year, the entire book is in color.

And this year’s is packed with photos. At one junior varsity football game, Smith sent photographers who returned with 400 pictures.

Some pages are so replete with images, there isn’t any room for captions.

“I think it’s really fun,” said senior Krystin Bankson about yearbook. She enjoys taking photographs and being creative. “I really wanted to be a part of my senior yearbook.”

Oesterblad likewise fancies herself a photographer, but says she’s also increasing her knowledge of technology.

“I’m a lot better with computers now,” Oesterblad said.

Junior Jordan Avery joined because she wanted to take photographs, but she also now enjoys designing pages.

Smith said that yearbook doesn’t always attract so many photographers. Other responsibilities include caption writing and page layout.

Each yearbook staffer is assigned five or six pages to design. Smith uploads pictures onto the computer and students place photographs onto the pages.

A special Web site, Yearbook Avenue, guides the process with features like the checkmarks that appear on used images.

Last year, a staff of six organized the whole book. This year’s staff of 16 meets mornings before school, from 7:30 to 8:20, from the first day of class to the last day of class.

Last year, students ordered 525 books, and an extra 45 were delivered for last-minute purchases or to replace any damaged yearbooks. Smith said they sold out.

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