BY SABRINE BRISMEUR
With smiles on their faces and arms full of white books, the yearbook staff at Cooper City proudly presented the culmination of a year’s worth of work: the 2017 edition of the Round Up.
“The first thing I did when I got the yearbook was go through senior portraits,” senior MacArthur Desire said. “It’s actually really impressive and content-rich. [Yearbook staff] did a great job.”
Yearbook members handed out around 600 hefty hardcovers on Thursday from first through third period in the cafeteria. Students had the opportunity to pre-order their yearbook at Open House in September for $70, though the price had increased to $100 by February.
Around 120 extra yearbooks were ordered for students who had not pre-ordered, with seniors having purchasing priority.
ATTENTION CCHS LOOKS WHATS FINALLY HERE!!!❤❤ pic.twitter.com/YXecYUVPlg
— CCHS Yearbook (@RoundUpCCHS) May 9, 2017
At 380 pages, the yearbook covers everything from faculty to clubs to students, with the theme “This is Why.” Divided into seven sections (Underclassmen, Senior, Sports, Club, Academics, Student Life and Reference), staff editors oversaw their respective section throughout the year but worked in every part to complete the book.
“Everyone does an assignment in each part of the book, but section editors manage their own section and have deciding powers over it,” Student Life editor Stav Sharoni said. “[Editors] make layouts, and can take out photos they don’t like or ask for better quotes.”
For the past eight months, staff members could be found (Canon or Nikon in hand) photographing school events and student activities, as well as interviewing individuals. The photos and quotations collected made up the content of the book.
This year, the yearbook staff used Herff Jones’ online eDesign program to create the majority of the book’s layout. A few pages were made using InDesign, a more complex program made by Adobe.
“[eDesign] is very simple and wired towards students. It’s not ideal — we’re trying to switch over to InDesign next year — but it did the job,” Sharoni said. “InDesign is more professional and sophisticated, even though it comes with being quite complicated.”
But despite considerations for a different layout program next year, many students who purchased the yearbooks were pleased with the outcome.
“I really liked the fact that they did a different type of embossing, and I loved the minimalist cover design a lot and the overall theme,” junior Lexi Delgado said.
Featured photo courtesy of Stav Sharoni