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What It Takes to Create the Yearbook

Monica Rodriguez
This year’s yearbook is displayed. The title is “We’re Onto Something Big”. “Brainstorming the theme was hard at first but I think it’s one of the best we’ve ever done,” Yearbook Writer and Designer junior Gina Copetti said.

The yearbook staff recently handed out this year’s book titled “We’re Onto Something Big”, inspired by the various changes and new beginnings present on campus. 

The theme captures the academic growth and pursuits of students throughout the year according to Yearbook Advisor Monica Rodriguez. It also displays the physical changes of the campus, highlighting the opening of the new Academic Building which is displayed on the cover. 

“As human beings we are always onto something, always growing and evolving into something bigger than we can ever expect,” Rodriguez said.

The yearbook staff worked over holiday breaks and after school to create the 400 page publication with nearly eight months full of spreads and interviews behind it. After all her work, positive reception from students and faculty delighted junior Editor-in-chief Julia Fogel.

The yearbook staff reacts to the arrival of their final product. They had big shoes to fill considering the success of the 2023 edition of the yearbook which earned the National Pacemaker Award. They received the book prior to distribution at Senior Sunset and during lunch periods. (Monica Rodriguez)

“It’s very rewarding seeing people’s faces when they see the book and especially when we receive compliments. It’s nice to see people recognize how hard we work,” Fogel said.

Yearbook Writer and Designer junior Gina Copetti developed her knowledge in graphic design and creating spreads, experiencing an unprecedented challenge due to the staff’s move to the new Academic Building.

“Towards the end, [designing the yearbook] was especially stressful because the computers got shut down before we moved to the new building so we had to work around it,” Copetti said, adding that teamwork was key in reaching each deadline.

Yearbooks also serve as keepsakes for the ephemeral years that students are in highschool. Freshman Lucia Ferreiro Linares cherishes this yearbook as she will be moving to Mexico next year.

“This yearbook feels extra special because it’s my last year with my friends, teachers, and connections I’ve made here. I get to reflect on a year that was so special for me,” Ferreiro Linares said.

While seniors received and signed one another’s yearbooks during Senior Sunset on May 10, juniors and underclassmen were able to pick up their own copies in the Student Union on May 11.

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Oscar Maximilian Garcia Del Rey
Oscar Maximilian Garcia Del Rey, Arts and Leisure Editor
Oscar Garcia del Rey is a junior and Staff Writer for The Raider Voice. This is his first year as a staff writer and thoroughly enjoys writing about topics which relate to culture and activism. Outside of journalism he is an active member of various clubs focused on community outreach as well as loving music and film.
Monica Rodriguez
Monica Rodriguez, Adviser
Monica Rodriguez has been advising student publications for over 20 years.  Aside from advising and The Raider Voice print edition, Rodriguez advises the Raider yearbook and Reflections literary magazine.  When not working on a deadline, you can find her spending time with her teenage children, or off on a new adventure.

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