Six yearbook senior staffers are spending the afternoon of June 26 at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City after 2.5 days of a Balfour Yearbook company summer workshop #ybkcsummercamp.
At the camp awards ceremony this morning, the staff was honored with four different trophies. Senior Anna Feldman, who serves as the Clubs Section Editor, won a Superior Award for her work on a photo portfolio. She and fellow staffers opted to take some photo classes with Jason Berryman, photography trainer and art department chair from Topeka West High School.
In yearbook design, two teams earned trophies as well. Maya Reed, Graphic Design Editor and Clara Neary, People Section Editor created a showstopper spread on the community bonding portion of the camp experience, and were honored with an Excellent Award. Maggie Timmerman, Copy Editor and Lauren Zadalis, Co-Managing Editor, also created a showstopper spread on the camp’s field day activities and were honored with the Best in Show trophy for that category.
Under the direction of Zadalis and Katelin Kearney, the other Co-Managing Editor, the group developed an entire yearbook theme package, creating a cover, end sheets, opening spread, marketing plan, detailed ladder of coverage, and more. Of the 15 schools from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska in attendance, Marian’s team won the Best of Show trophy. The team spent many of the sessions of camp in specific yearbook classes taught by Samantha Berry of Bridgeland High School in Texas. Samantha and the staff seemed to gel particularly well over discussions of the joys of Google tools, “The Bachelor” and Harry Potter.
The staff also had an opportunity to work with Juan Valdez, Balfour Publishing graphic artist, in helping their vision of a 2020 yearbook cover come to life. Watch for an unveiling at some point this fall after the full staff of the yearbook decides if this is the right direction to go.
The field day event on Monday night of camp was nothing like Marian’s traditional Field Day, but it was a night of lawn games and good times, particularly watching other participants play bubble soccer. The staff brought out their new drone to get some practice, and after realizing it isn’t quite legal to fly over people, wore down the batteries taking practice shots of the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University, where the camp was taking place. The drone was an incentive from the Balfour Publishing Company to sign a 3-year contract.
This is the second summer that Marian yearbookers have attended this workshop, directed by Whitney Baker and Ali Schroeder of Balfour Publishing. Other Nebraska schools in attendance were Ralston High School, Bellevue East High School and Plattsmouth High School.