WESTFIELD - It's already five months into the school year and the Westfield Academy and Central School's yearbook is well under way.
The past two years have made several advancements in Westfield's standards for the yearbook. The 2010 yearbook, "iRemember," was styled after the iPod design. The 2011 yearbook, entitled If "You Really Knew Us," took a slightly more journalistic theme filled with facts about the student body.
This year, the Westfield yearbook staff is happy to announce 2012's book, "Seasons of Change." Contrastingly, "Seasons of Change" has a heavy focus on photography. In every Westfield yearbook, pride has been taken in having a large amount of candid pictures that feature a great majority of the student body, and that is exactly what has been done with this year's book. There is also a large amount of nature photography and other sights in Westfield taken by members of the yearbook staff. By featuring this photography, the hope is not only to provide memories of the school, but also the town.
Photography isn't the only new addition to the book. The title "Seasons of Change" perfectly describes the theme of the book. For the first time ever, the yearbook will be in chronological order. This means the happenings of the book will be ordered by the dates in which they occur and the book will be divided by the seasons of the year. For example, varsity basketball takes place in the winter, therefore it will be in the "Winter" section of the book. However, because there isn't a season for staff and student portraits, there is a section entitled "People" dedicated to such things.
"I think that this year's yearbook is a major stepping stone for yearbooks to come in that it is completely different from what we've ever done," Editor Jade Gelsimino said. "I believe we can only go up from here."
"I'm very proud of the progress we have made so far," Assistant Editor Garrett Grant said. "The book will definitely show the work and talent from all of the members of the yearbook staff."
"I'm so excited with what we have created and I can't wait for everyone to see the finished product," Assistant Editor Sarah Kelly said.
Westfield Yearbook's advisor is business education teacher and 9-year yearbook veteran, Kimberly Abbey.