Students from throughout Delmarva came together July 27-Aug. 2 for learning and sharing as representatives from close to 100 schools attended the Jostens Summer Yearbook Workshop at Gettysburg College, Pa. For the third year in a row, the Cape Henlopen High School Valhalla yearbook staff left with an award.
After three days of intense work, seniors Aly Fisher, Marli Castle, Le’Arris Griffin, Tyre Maull, and William Gibbs, and sophomore Cveta Maleska celebrated a third-place finish for Best Content & Coverage.
Separate components of the assignment had to be accomplished during the three days. The students had to submit a detailed explanation of what will be covered on each spread of the book and how those topics will be covered, a page ladder that provided a visual representation of the book’s organization, and an explanation of how the staff will be organized along with job descriptions for each position.
The students dedicated their time to get a solid plan in place for the upcoming year's book. This was the second time at camp for 2015 Valhalla editor-in-chief Fisher. “We got to know each other and find out what each other’s strengths are,” she said. “We finally picked a theme - You Never Know - that everyone likes, and I’m happy with what we accomplished!”
Cape’s Valhalla yearbook staff was a part of the advanced Go For It! track, which is for staffs that aspire to produce the highest levels of journalistically focused yearbooks. The Valhalla staff spent time with experts in the field as well as an hourlong private session with Kristi Keller, a professional artist, for help with developing the latest trends to use in the 2015 Valhalla yearbook.
Castle agreed it was a memorable experience. “Being part of a yearbook team is unique,” the assistant editor-in-chief said. “No other class or club allows us to gain real-world skills and make new friends all while we capture the school's legacy for that year.”
The 2015 Cape Valhalla yearbook is on sale before school starts at Jostens.com for $75. Yearbooks regularly cost $90, but will also be on sale first semester for $80. Contact adviser Amie King with any questions at 302-645-7711, Ext. 2115, or firstname.lastname@example.org.