Two high-school yearbooks in our area — Suffern and Rye — have the distinction of earning silver crown awards from the prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a Columbia University-affiliated awards group that critiques yearbooks, newspapers, magazines and websites.
I visited both schools and found the students to be committed, outgoing and professional. I’ll have a report on Monday, but wanted to share some of Tania Savayan’s photos from the visits.
I love this quote from Nora Patwell, editor-in-chief at Suffern’s Panorama, about the all-encompassing nature of working on the yearbook.
“Every conversation we have turns to yearbook,” Suffern’s Patwell says. “It’s not a class, it’s a lifestyle. When friends ask me if I want to hang out or go out to eat, they know my answer: ‘Sorry, I have yearbook.’”
Patwell declares herself a proud “yerd” (yearbook + nerd).
First, Rye’s Stagecoach.
Co-editors-in-chief Maddie Bianchi, left, and Jessica Weakley talk about the senior profile pages, a new addition last year to Stagecoach, Rye High School’s award-winning yearbook. (Photo by Tania Savayan / The Journal News)
Starting with the 2012 edition of the Stagecoach, Rye High School’s award-winning yearbook, staff members worked with families to create seamless templated ads celebrating graduating seniors. The result is a more unified book, where the ads don’t look like ads.
Now, to Suffern’s Panorama.
Last year’s theme was “Epitome” — model of utmost excellence.
Panorama editors are all 17-year-old seniors. From left, Design Editor Nicole Haubner, Photo Editor Lior Gensler, Business Editor Sarah Griffin, and Editor-in-Chief Nora Patwell. There are 17 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 on the Panorama staff.