Preparing to keep the memories

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Woodford County High School yearbook adviser Dan Ruff needed to get a head start to prepare his students to create the best yearbook they could. This summer he held the first Woodford County High School yearbook camp. A little over 20 students involved with the publication spent three days with professionals learning about design, photography, business and sales. This is Ruff’s fourth year advising the Jacketeer staff. What a great idea that could benefit high school yearbook and newspaper  staffs around the state.

I spent two years on my high school yearbook staff. Even designed the cover my senior year. I never thought it would lead me down the path of my career. But it did and I couldn’t be more thankful. If you are a yearbook adviser and struggling, reach out to the photographers and designers in your area. They work at newspapers and communications departments in your community. They have a wealth of knowledge to share and if they are like me, they would be grateful to give back to the place that started them off, their high school yearbook.

Seniors Caitlyn Hopkins, Maura Broderson and Franklin Watson look over last year's yearbook durng camp at Woodford County High School. Broderson will be the editor of this year's book. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Seniors Caitlyn Hopkins, Maura Broderson and Franklin Watson look over last year’s yearbook during camp at Woodford County High School. Broderson will be the editor of this year’s book. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Juniors Leah Brown and Jamie Muth and seniors Keely Wagner and Franklin Watson practice expose in different light situations during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Juniors Leah Brown and Jamie Muth and seniors Keely Wagner and Franklin Watson practice exposures in different light situations during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Yearbook adviser Dan Ruff helps junior Maddy Hamel learn InDesign during camp at Woodford County High School Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Yearbook adviser Dan Ruff helps junior Maddy Hamel learn InDesign during camp at Woodford County High School Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Senior Kamila McDowell works on proper exposure under florescent lights during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. McDowell is an art student who was asked to bring her creativity to the yearbook staff. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Senior Kamila McDowell works on proper exposure under florescent lights during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. McDowell is an art student who was asked to bring her creativity to the yearbook staff. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Senior Caitlyn Hopkins learns to create color swatches in InDesign during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012
Senior Caitlyn Hopkins learns to create color swatches in InDesign during yearbook camp at Woodford County High School. Photo by Amy Wallot, July 26, 2012

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