NORMAN — Yearbooks are much more than small time capsules to the past. For yearbook staff, yearbooks are the main forum in which they develop journalism skills like how to interview, take photos and write compelling leads.
Yearbooks today are full of craftsmanship and professionalism, as reflected by the Norman High yearbook staff, which recently received multiple honors by beating out the best yearbooks in the state.
Norman High School’s Trail Yearbook placed in the top three of Division 1 in the state Nov. 4 at the Oklahoma Scholastic Media’s “Fall Media Monday Conference” at the University of Oklahoma. Heather Howard was named the state Adviser of the Year, and senior Torri Sperry was named the state Writer of the Year.
Torri Sperry has been in yearbook class since her freshman year and is now co-editor in chief. Sperry said her favorite types of stories are those about classes and clubs she isn’t so familiar with.
“I like getting to know about new clubs and what they do. I’m not involved in any other school activity, but yearbook lets me get a taste of all the varying interests and groups at our school,” Sperry said.
Additionally, the Norman High School Trail yearbook staff won 11 first-place awards, which was the most of any school in its division, as well as five third-place awards and five honorable mentions.
Sperry said winning the awards has encouraged new yearbook staff members to get excited about their jobs and realize people take their work seriously.
Richelle Hallows, junior and co-editor in chief, said winning her third-place award for photography only made her want to do better.
“I love taking pictures, so it was really nice to get an award. I really just want to keep taking photos and improve, so next year I can get first place,” Hallows said.