Yearbook creates “A Time to Remember”

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Yearbook creates “A Time to Remember”

2018-2019 Burgonet staff.

2018-2019 Burgonet staff.

2018-2019 Burgonet staff.

2018-2019 Burgonet staff.

Lina Duchene, Editor-in-chief

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While flipping through the yearbook pages one will come across hundreds of faces of classmates, friends, teachers and even some strangers. Within these pages lie the book’s very creators whose minds imagined and whose hands turned concepts into a physical memento that students will enjoy for years to come.

The yearbook, officially named The Burgonet, is composed of 14 staff members including juniors and seniors. Editor-in-chief is senior Sabreena Gutierrez, managing editor is senior Isaac Serrano, head photographer is senior Brandon Whipple and business manager is senior Neida Gutierrez.

All editors are returning staff members.

“I returned because I like the fact that I get to contribute to making something that students keep for a lifetime,” Sabreena Gutierrez said.

Planning for this year’s book began late last year as Gutierrez and Serrano thought of a theme.

“The theme for this year is “A Time to Remember,” Sabreena Gutierrez said. The theme is referencing the reason why people buy the yearbook which is to remember and reminisce.”

The Burgonet has been in publication since the school first opened in 1988. The first few yearbooks show a new school with developing character. The more recent books show a school with students who radiate pride and have cherished tradition for over 30 years.

“The most enjoyable part of yearbook is being able to go to all the school events to take pictures,” Whipple said. “I try to get a lot of people showing emotion and nice sceneries with good lighting and colors when I’m shooting for the yearbook.”

The editors decide which staff member will work on a specific page for the book.

“We have a fashion page, a homecoming page and many pages that show organizations, sports and clubs,” Sabreena Gutierrez said.

The yearbook staff faces challenges when producing the book.

“Sometimes it’s a little stressful to meet deadlines,” Whipple said.

Within a deadline the staff produces roughly 15-46 pages in a two month period. The process of making the book is not as simple as it may seem.

“First we design the layout of the page,” Serrano said. “Next comes the story and then we place the photos.”

Production of the book is a lengthy process most are unaware of.

“People don’t realize that we build the yearbook from scratch,” Serrano said. “Production begins at the end of the previous school year and ends around April. We sometimes stay after school.”

The yearbook is a special memento to those who make it.

“The book is always unique because each one is made by a different staff and is from a different year. The staff makes it unique with their own perspectives and ideas,” yearbook advisor Antonia Seltzer said.

Some feel a sense of satisfaction on distribution day.

“We really want to make the people happy when they see the book,” Sabreena Gutierrez said. “I really enjoy seeing people’s faces when they first get the book and start flipping through the pages.”

Other members of the staff aim to feel more than content with the final product.

“I hope to look back at the book 30 years from now and still be really proud of it,” Neida Gutierrez said.

Throughout all the deadlines, photography and writing, the yearbook staff creates more than just a book — they create bonds with the others they work with throughout the year.

“I like getting to work with the staff,” Serrano said. “Little by little we got to know each other more and create a bond.”

The book’s theme, “A Time to Remember,” is one that the staff hopes will accurately represent this school year for years to come.

“The theme is about this year specifically,” Neida Gutierrez said. “It’s about the fact that we will never be able to experience this moment ever again. It’s special to the people living through it right now.”