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Programs and clubs disappointed in yearbook

Guide Dogs for the Blind holds a meeting. Guide Dogs for the Blind has been frustrated about their lack of yearbook representation. Photo by Maddie Meilinger

When you grow older, your high school yearbook is one of the biggest collection of memories that you have from your high school years.

Bear River High School has so many organizations and clubs that a lot of them don’t get included in the yearbook.

Bear River’s yearbook staff is in charge of deciding which clubs get cut from the yearbook.

“The reality is that there are too many clubs in this school to put them all in the yearbook,” Lead Editor Colby Greig explained. “We are highlighting the ones that play big parts in the school. It’s not that the others don’t play a big part, it’s just that we don’t have a big enough book to include all.”

Teacher and Yearbook Advisor Christina Levinson gave some perspective on the stress of putting together the yearbook.

“There are so many clubs and organizations, and it’s tricky,” Mrs. Levinson said. “We have only a certain number of pages in the yearbook, and we have very strict deadlines. If a club or organization’s big event for the year happens after our deadlines, then we can’t get it in the yearbook.”

Incoming Editor-In-Chief, Junior Karissa Johnson, agreed with Mrs. Levinson.

“We don’t typically include every club in the book, as there are so many, and they are constantly changing,” she explained. “We try to focus on the classes or activities that happen during school, because a lot of our photographers can’t drive or get rides to places that clubs go to.”

Some clubs, especially the Guide Dogs for the Blind, were displeased that they received so little coverage.

“We do a lot for the community and school,” Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Raiser and Senior Sydney Buckman stated. “Nobody pays attention to the rules we set for our puppies for their own good, so we could at least be included in the yearbook.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Sitter and Sophomore Connor McGehee agreed.

“It’s frustrating, we definitely do a lot around the school and we are just as important, why shouldn’t we get a page?” McGehee said. “We are just as involved as others, if not more.”

Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Raiser and Senior Brittney Rogers agreed with McGehee.

“I know for a fact that we do way more than other clubs in this school; I’m not trying to say that in a rude way,” said Rogers. “It’s not fair, because these dogs are basically students here at Bear River.”

Buckman that she finds the way the yearbook operates to be unfair.

“We put so much time and effort into these dogs,” she said. “I think it’s unfair that sports probably have a lot of pages and Guide Dogs have none.”

I am a puppy-raiser for Guide Dogs, and we do so much, and the fact that these dogs are here every day and to not even get a picture in the yearbook is a big insult to all of us.

Starlite is another club that was cut from the yearbook . Member and Senior Alyssa Harroun shared her own opinion about this program.

“It makes me aggravated, because we do a lot around school,” she said. “We do a lot of performances here, and … they aren’t recognizing it.”

Freshman Griffen Dresbach-Hill agreed with Harroun.

“We spend so much time … we meet in zero period, and we practice four days a week after school,” he said. “It makes us feel underappreciated.”

Mrs. Levinson gave input on these comments.

“The other thing that these editors consider, is what these clubs and organizations do for this school,” she said. “If they find that, maybe, they didn’t do so much this year, they decide this year this club didn’t do enough to get a spread in the yearbook.”

Starlite does so much, there is Fantasy of the Stars, and that is a big performance every year, and they sell the butter braids at the beginning of the year.

Johnson agreed with Mrs. Levinson.

“We try not to exclude people from the yearbook, but we can’t always have every single activity or group in the yearbook,” she said. “We have a small school and a small book, we do the best we can to include everyone.”

I find this very unfair to all of these clubs and organizations who are not included in the yearbook, because we didn’t ‘do enough’. I know in Guide Dogs that we do so much and the fact that these dogs are here every day and to not even get a picture in the yearbook is a big insult to all of us. Starlite does so much, there is Fantasy of the Stars, and that is a big performance every year, and they sell the butter braids at the beginning of the year. About 1/3 of the school is in FFA and they literally have competitions all the time and run the cook house at every football game. These clubs and organizations deserve to be recognized. Its not fair that when we look back in our yearbook in 20 or 30 years we will not see the clubs that made this school amazing, I know I personally will want to look back and remember all the good times I had with the Guide Dogs going to the Starlite performances, or the talent show, all these little things that make our high school year memorable.

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