A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion

By WINNIE HU

THE yearbook for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School doubles as its unofficial social register: students closely study the index of names in the back and count how many times they appear.
“If you’re more popular, you’re featured more; if you’re not, you’re barely seen,” said Quentin Blackwell, 17, a co-captain of the football team who appeared five times last year. “It shows your status, where you are on the totem pole of high school.”

Not anymore. Students who saw star athletes and bench warmers alike rewarded with thanks-for-playing trophies are now experiencing new efforts to protect their self-esteem: An editor has been charged with tracking how often all 1,400 students appear in the 325-page yearbook. The goal is for every student to appear twice, in candid photos or feature stories, regardless of whether he or she is the senior class president, the yearbook editor’s best friend or the student who comes late and leaves early.

“Everyone deserves to be remembered,” said Lauren Williams, 17, the senior with the task of tracking students in the yearbook, as she scrolled through an Excel spreadsheet with 1,400 names, a few of which had already been marked off. “Whether they’re a hugely popular kid or just in their own little group, they matter to someone.”
Scotch Plains-Fanwood is one of many schools across the country remaking a tradition that has long been criticized for reinforcing a social hierarchy based almost solely on popularity — one that has left little room for those who do not fit neatly into the classic categories of best-looking, funniest or most likely to succeed.

Many yearbook advisers and editors say they are trying to broaden their coverage to accurately reflect their school populations amid larger societal concerns over teenage bullying, peer pressure and self-esteem.

The changes come as yearbook sales have been stagnating or dropping in some schools. With yearbooks costing an average of $50 each, some hope the more inclusive approach will entice more students to buy a copy.

At North Brunswick Township High School, also in New Jersey, the yearbook staff tracks down students who miss their official portrait sittings to ensure they are still included. In 2009, a two-page spread devoted to no-shows included their excuses (“I was at the gym”).

Large schools like the 3,000-student William R. Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., try to enforce a one-time-per-person rule for candid photos and quotations, but nine slipped in twice last year. “I do not let them forget that,” said Renee Burke, the yearbook adviser. “That’s nine kids that didn’t get in because these nine were there twice.”

In California, the 32 students on the yearbook staff at Whitney High School in Rocklin routinely use e-mail, surveys and a Facebook page to find out about people and events they might not otherwise cover; as much as one-fifth of the yearbook’s content now comes from reader suggestions.

The changing yearbook is a result of a decades-old effort to foster a kinder, gentler culture through measures like smaller schools, character-building and peer counseling. “We want every student to be known and valued in a school,” said Mel Riddile, associate director for high school services for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, adding that research has shown that students are less likely to drop out when they feel connected to their school.

Rosalind Wiseman, author of the best-selling book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” (Crown, 2002), which inspired the movie “Mean Girls,” said a more inclusive yearbook not only benefited less-popular students, but also taught the students in charge of the yearbook to look through a broader lens. “They need to sit at the table and figure it out,” she said. “They need to say, ‘Hey, that person’s been in 20 times, forget it.’ These are all very important social skills to develop.”

Some have questioned whether yearbooks go too far when they try to give everyone equal coverage, regardless of how much — or how little — a student contributes to school life.

“It’s unfair to suggest that everyone should get equal time when they haven’t put in equal time,” said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and the author of “Generation Me” (Free Press, 2006). “Having everyone get equal time is the equivalent of everyone gets a trophy, or we’re not going to keep score, or even if we do, everyone’s trophy is the same size. There’s no resemblance to real life.”

And even schools that strive to put more students in the yearbook can fall short of their goals. “I still see plenty of yearbooks where it’s the yearbook staff, or friends of the yearbook staff,” said Logan Aimone, executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association, which runs a yearbook competition.

To avoid that result, Ms. Burke, the adviser at Boone High School, asks her 30 staff members to refrain from using pictures of their closest friends on the pages they work on. The yearbook staff itself is relegated to a full-page ad in the back of the book.

A growing number of schools, including Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Baldwin Senior High School, on Long Island, are also using new publishing technology offered through companies like Jostens and TreeRing to give every student the option of personalizing a yearbook by adding pages to fill with photos and memories, at little or no additional cost. Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s yearbook advisers, Julie Whitty and Amy Rutkowski, said they hoped the customized pages and more inclusive approach would increase their sales; in recent years, about half of the students bought yearbooks, which start at $75 this year. They have also tried to recruit African-American and Asian-American students to their staff in hopes of gaining a more diverse viewpoint.

In yearbook class on a recent afternoon, Ms. Whitty told all 32 students to go out and take pictures of school spirit week. “And remember, please take the people who aren’t going to be in there for something else,” she said.

The yearbook staff also conducts student-in-the-hallway interviews to reach those not involved in school activities, with questions like, Who does not have an iPod? Who loves Taylor Swift? Who wants a longer weekend?

Even so, a few students did not make last year’s book, and about 200 of the 1,400 students appeared only once, Ms. Whitty said. Active students, meanwhile, have turned up as many as nine times in past years.

Rikanya Williams, 16, a senior, said that while she had seen improvement in the coverage, she still felt largely left out: last year, she was in just one photo — a group shot of the step team. “I wanted to be in it more,” she said. “I feel like a yearbook should be about you and your friends and what you endured in your year.”

Ms. Rutkowski said she recently flipped through her own senior yearbook — she is a 1995 graduate of the school — and was disappointed to find herself in so few pictures. “The football players were there, and the cheerleaders next to them,” she said. “And there was me — the band geek — in the corner, literally, if I even made it that year.”

Ms. Rutkowski has only to look at her husband’s yearbook, from 1994, to see the difference. “He was much more popular,” she said. “He made the candids; he made everything. I always say, ‘How did you ever notice me?’ ”

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70 responses to “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion

  1. This article states that different schools across the country are trying to make sure the yearbooks are fair, and not based on popularity. I totally agree with these schools, because yearbooks are for everyone to look back on their school days and remember all the good times. Not for people to look back and just see the football team and student council president. Whether you are the most popular kid or an ordinary kid, you should be treated equal and have the same number of pictures in the yearbook. Finally, I believe that the schools that are going out of their ways to make sure the yearbooks are equal are doing the right thing and making nerds lives better.

  2. I bealive this article raises an interesting arguement. I do beleive that certain people based on school participation in extra curricular activities should have their picture appear more than once. This brings to mind the effect that will have on other srtudents.” Well if he’s in one more photo it won’t matter” then its 2 more then 3 and the whole point of this project just subtly disappears.

  3. This article brings to the surface a problem with yearbooks; appearing in the yearbook is a popularity contest. Popularity shouldn’t have any say in how many times you appear in the yearbook, unfortunately it has. This isn’t fair to the people who should’ve been in the yearbook but were counted out because they weren’t popular.

  4. This article is about how schools are trying to make sure that popularity isn’t a factor in deciding how many times a student is mentioned in the yearbook. I agree that this is a good idea. Popularity may be important but, being fair is more important. Every student should be mentioned a few times. If a student is mentioned a few extra times, it should be because of extra clubs or electives they do. For example, they could pop up in the regular photos and also be in group photos with that club or class. The idea is that there are many factors that decide how many times a person is shown or mentioned in a yearbook but, popularity should not be a major one. In most cases, it shouldn’t even be a factor at all but, sometimes it has to be a minor one. If a student is not shown in the yearbook, just because they are not popular, it’s not fair because they are still students. If a person is in the yearbook multiple times because they are friends with the editor, it is also unfair. Overall, making sure popularity is not a factor in the yearbook is an important thing to do.

  5. I think that this article was very interesting, since it explained the transition many high schools and middle schools are making towards more inclusion in the yearbook. This article explained that many schools are making requirements that all students should be included in the school yearbook a certain number of times. I do think that this strategy of including everybody in the yearbook is great, since many kids are often only shown in the yearbook once, if shown at all for a variety of reasons, while other kids are shown numerous times because of their involvement in a club or the school sports team, or just simply because they are popular. I do think that there should be a requirement to include everybody in the yearbook a certain number of times, because the school should really carry the responsibility of giving all of their students the proper recognition for their involvement in the school that they deserve.

  6. This article is about the link between the popularity of a person and how many times they appear in the yearbook plus how schools are trying to equalize the yearbook. I think that everyone should have equal representation up to a point. If a person did no clubs or participated in any after school programs they should be represented less than someone who did many after school/extracurricular programs, but the deciding factor shouldn’t be popularity.

    • I agree with you Andy. Although I do think that everybody should be included in the yearbook, I think that kids that were very involved in school sports or activities should get more representation in the yearbook than somebody who was not as involved in the school.

      • Nick you make a valid point and i do agree with you to some degree. But still making one person appear even once more could start a new way of thiking about it and then one person has 2 more photos then theres basically no point.

    • I agree with all of your statements and think they are all true. If someone wasn’t as involved as someone else they shouldn’t be represented as much as the captain of the football team, but they should still have some pictures in the yearbook.

  7. I think that this article, “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion”, by Winnie Hu, is very interesting because it shows how most high schoolers today think that everyone should be equal. I don’t agree with this however. I think that the yearbook should be a reflection on what high school was really like. If the quarterback of the football team had a great season and led the team to a championship, then they should be featured more than the kid who doesn’t talk in class and plays video games all day. After I graduate, I want to be able to look at the yearbook and see what actually happened, not how Johnny Appleseed is a computer genius.

    • I think that this is a very good point and I hope that the creators of this year’s yearbook should read this article.

    • I agree one hundred percent with what you said. Not every child or young adult should be treated equal if they never contributed to their school community/environment.
      The star sports player should be honored more than the kid who has never contributed to anything at school.

  8. In summary, this article is about equality. This article is about equality because everyone is equal, no matter if your popular or unpopular, you are all equal, that means you should get equal treatment. It is great to see that Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is taking another step of showing equality by having every student appear twice in the yearbook. So if you are the most popular kid in school you are still in the same category and equal plain as the least popular student in school.

    • I agree but, also disagree because sometimes certain students should be featured more times than others but, not because of popularity but, because of being in an extra club or something outside of regular classes.

  9. The main point of the article was that if you are the most popular kid in school, or someone that isn’t, you should still appear in the yearbook an equal amount of times. I agree with this article completely. Even if someone isn’t the most prettiest, coolest or most popular they should still be accepted as an equal to their other classmates. It doesn’t make sense to put pictures of the school’s sports teams or yearbook committees’ friends infront of everyone else. There should be a place for everyone whether you are on the school’s basketball team or science olympiad. “Everyone deserves to be remembered.” The yearbook should remind everyone about their memories not just about the popular kids’ who are actually not liked as much as we all think.

  10. I think this article is mainly about people being equally represented in the school year book. I partially agree with this article. I agree in the respect that everyone should be represented in the yearbook, but I disagree in the respect that every should be equally represented. Say you are in all the sports and all of the clubs, are they only going to be shown in one picture? For example are they only going to show one team you were on and not even mention you were on the other teams because that could hurt someone’s feelings? The person who didn’t get more than one picture probably didn’t try to do anything or contribute to the school community. They could play sports, they could be in the play, they could be stage crew, they could dress up on a spirit day, they could do anything but they chose not to; therefore, they didn’t get a picture in the yearbook. That is why I partially agree with this article about representation in the yearbook.

    • I agree with your point Austin. Maybe it isn’t a good idea to only give each person one or two pictures each if they participated in more things. I think that people have to be less insecure and not care how many times they’re in the yearbook. It’s a very dumb topic because even if your aren’t in the yearbook that much it doesn’t mean you are being left out. It means that you need to try harder to participate more in your school community.

    • It’s great how you stated at the top what your replying to.

    • I agree with what you are saying. Why should someone who plays video games all day and isn’t involved with their high school at all get anything other than a bio page in the yearbook? If they aren’t involved in school, thats their loss. High school is a lot of fun and the yearbook should reflect that. The star player on the lacrosse team should get shown more than the shy kid that doesn’t talk.

    • I think you made a good point about equal representation. If you are meant to be in the yearbook, then you should be in it, but if you shouldn’t be in it then you shouldn’t be represented.

  11. I like how this article states that popularity shouldn’t be a factor of being remembered. The yearbook should show everyone, weather or not they are on the soccer team or anything else.

  12. This article talks about how more popular kids are favored in the yearbook. I agree when the author says each person should be in yearbook twice. I think it is unfair that athletes appear the most in yearbook. I think other clubs and people in the science fair should be in there more. People who get involved in the school. People like in student council. Even people that are just part of the school should be in the yearbook. I think our school does a great job of doing this. Not only do the get the athletes but they also get the people in math club, science club, band, and chorus. I believe everyone should have a couple of pictures in the yearbook.

  13. In this article “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” is about whether you are the biggest looser in your school or the coolest kid that there is in your whole entiare school, I know that you should always be noticed in your school yearbook. If you are a part of that school you should be able to be showed in your yearbook. I think that students who aren’t necessarily as popular or cool as the varsity quarterback still deserve to be recognized, even if it’s, “John Smith: Winner of The Algebra Regional Finals” because although it’s not important to half the school, it’s important for him, and for that to be overlooked could affect his efforts later in life. “If you’re more popular, you’re featured more; if you’re not, you’re barely seen,” said Quentin Blackwell, 17 year old. He was alot more popular then other people so he apreared alot more times then other people that were less popular then him.

  14. No matter who you are, you should still be included in the yearbook, popular or not. I agree that everyone should get a chance to be in their class yearbook. The yearbook is for remembering your life in that year. If you aren’t there, how is that possible. Same goes for if your friends aren’t there because your friends are a major part of your life. I do think that people who are more involved should show up more that people who aren’t. “It’s unfair to suggest that everyone should get equal time when they haven’t put in equal time,” said Jean Twenge.

  15. The article, “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” shows how popular kids and more liked kids are shown in their yearbook than less-liked kids. Some kids can be shown as much as nine times and others only once and this is unfair. I completely agree with this part of the article. Every student should be shown at least twice in their yearbook because each person is equal to the person sitting next to him or hers. Also, the yearbook is not only the popular kids’, but it is also the kids with less friends. Those kids want to be shown more because it is their yearbook too. Because someone is more popular shouldn’t mean they deserve to be shown more because they are just as important as the least popular person in the school. However, I think people who participate more in school activities should be shown more. These people don’t have to be popular, but they are very school spirited, and belong to activities involving the school. They should deserve credit for loving their school if they participate as much as they do. They don’t deserve, however to have a lot more than anyone else,. They should only have one or two more for the activities they do. I do think, though, that everyone deserves to be in the yearbook at least twice because it is fair that way, but those who participate more, should be in the yearbook more.

  16. I feel that the main point of the article “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” is that whether you are the most popular kid in school, or someone that is not popular, whoever you are you still be recognized in the yearbook. The yearbook in my mind should be something that everybody should be in. It is for remembering people when we are older, and bringing back memories of our childhood. People shouldn’t be left out of something because they aren’t popular. If they are left out their peers wont be able to remember them when they are older, because they weren’t in the yearbook. Then they wouldn’t be able to bring back the memories that you had with that person. The bottom line is that everyone should be featured in something as special as a yearbook.

  17. The article A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion was about the positive and negatives of having multiple pictures of the same person in the yearbook. In my opinion, everyone should appear in the school yearbook at least twice, with the acception of the yearbook staff and editors. If the staff and editors spend time working very hard on trying to make the yearbook special, they should get a page dedicated to them so people realize how hard they worked. I also think that just because someone is more popular than another person, that doesn’t mean they should appear in the yearbook more. Everyone deserves a couple of pictures. If you are looking through your middle school yearbook twenty years later, don’t you want to see some pictures of yourself and your friends? You don’t just want to see the same football players and cheerleaders over and over. Everyone deserves a couple of pictures

  18. Everyone deserves a chance to be remembered, whether it is by one person or hundreds, everyone should be remembered. In this article, teenagers at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School are trying to make this a reality in their school yearbook. Usually the jocks and cheerleaders are the people most frequently seen in the yearbook, but what about the science and math nerds? Do they get a chance? In the school yearbook at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS, the editor is trying to succeed in having every student shown at least TWICE. This is a challenge but is actually a good idea. High school is where everyone changes and makes new friends, the majority of people in a school don’t get shown at all in a yearbook! This is a great thing to change!

    • You had some great points. I think that you are completely right. This is a great change! The science and math “nerds” should get a chance and that is a change that hopefully all schools are trying to change. Great Job! 🙂

  19. This artical explains why it is important to represent everyone in the year book, even people who are no “popular”. I believe that only people in clubs, school sports, or other extra curricular activities should be shown more, but as groups. When events happen to groups or individuals they should be fetured in the yearbook even if there is no picture it could be mentioned below their idividual picture, because even if it is important to no one but him/her it still is important to him/her.

    • I fully agree with you when you said that everyone should be mentioned in the yearbook. I also like how you said that people that are on sports teams and in clubs should be shown more, but as groups.

  20. In the article, “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” by Winnie Hu, the main point was that if you are the most popular kid in school, or someone that isn’t, you should still appear in the yearbook an equal amount of times. I agree with this article completely. It doesn’t make sense to put pictures of the school’s sports teams or yearbook committees’ friends infront of everyone else. There should be a place for everyone whether you are on the school’s basketball team or science olympiad. “Everyone deserves to be remembered.” The yearbook should remind everyone about their memories not just about the popular kids’.

  21. The article “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” is mainly about how popular kids are featured more than others in a yearbook. I think it is true that students who are involved in sports or ones that are just more popular are shown more in yearbooks. I agree with Lauren Williams when she said, “No matter how popular someone is they still matter to someone else and that it is still important to be included.” Schools should offer the students the option to make their own page, to make them feel included.

    • I like your idea that students should have the option of making their own page. That way, everyone can be happy with themselves and how they look in the yearbook and there won’t be complaints. With that system, everyone will be remembered in their own way. Good job.

  22. I think the author wrote this article to show how the yearbook is sometimes favored to the popular people instead of the students who don’t really fit into a certain group and how some schools are trying to include all students in the yearbook. I think that yearbooks are mostly used to remember the past, and if you are older and looking in your middle school or high school yearbook, you would want to see yourself! In the article Lauren Williams said, “Everyone deserves to be remembered”. I think that the members of a football team, or cheer squad should be in pictures in the yearbook along the math club or just friends who who don’t belong to any clubs. Even though I think that the entire student body should be displayed in the yearbook, I think it is also very reasonable to have more pictures of people who are very involved in the school. I would expect someone who is in the student council, orchestra, musicals, after school clubs, and is a very involved student to be in the year book more than someone who is just there for the 8 periods of the day. In the article Jean Twinge stated, “It’s unfair to suggest that everyone should get equal time when they haven’t put in equal time.” Everybody in the school should appear in the yearbook whether you are in the marching band, involved in 15 clubs and student council president, or don’t have any involvement. With that said, I think I can safely assume that involved students should and will appear more often than other students without having many complaints.

  23. This article is about a yearbook in which the more popular kids will have more pages in the book and the less popular kids will have less pages. I disagree with the whole concept of this. Why would anyone want to read a year book that they are not even in, that makes no sense at all. Why should popular kids have more pages in the year book, it is not like they are more important people or have higher value than others. I hope that more schools will not adapt this style of yearbook or the world may only be based on popularity not talent.

    • I completely agree with you it makes no sense for someone to purchase a year book and find out they aren’t even included. But, even if the do not have talents and want some memorable pictures I believe they should be able to purchase a section or a full page.

    • I totally agree with you, Alex. When I go to high school, I hope that i will be featured in the yearbook at least once, that will make me feel good. 🙂

  24. I think that the main idea of this article, “A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion” is that a yearbook is about memories not popularity. I think that no matter what a student did while he was in the school, whether he/she was the student council presedent or the courter back of the football team, played in the marching band or played baseball they diserve to be remebered in the year book equally. I think that having the more popular students mentioned more and the less popular students mentioned less takes the fun out of the year book. I think this because for the popular students it is almost a contest to see who is mentioned the most, and for the less popular students it would be a rude reminder that they are not “popular”. I think that all students getting put in the yearbook and equal amount is the best way to have it.

  25. This article talks about the yearbook. It says everyone should have an opportunity to be in the yearbook, not just the popular crowd. I 100% agree with that. Everyone should be in the yearbook. It’s not fair to be left out. Everyone is apart of that school so they should all be in it. In the article they said they are trying to get each student in the yearbook twice. I think this is a great idea because if someone has more pictures in the yearbook then other people it becomes unfair and goes back to popularity again. Some people might not be big jocks but they deserve to be in the yearbook as much as the captain of the football team.

    • I agree with you completely. I also think it is a good idea to have each student mentioned twice in the year book so that every student feels equally as involved.

    • I also agree with you, letting each student have two mentions in the year book would be much better the having representation based on popularity.

  26. I think that the author wrote this article to communicate to the reader that popular people are shown the most in the yearbook and honestly, it shouldn’t be that way in most situations. I feel that a yearbook is made to bring back high school and middle school memories, most importantly good ones. If you are shown only a few times in the whole yearbook, then what’s the point of even bothering to buy one. It’s a waste of your $50. Plus it doesn’t even remind you of your memories, just the ones of the popular people. Of course the football team and cheerleading squad are important, but what about the math club or the marching band? They are equally as important so why aren’t they on so many pages? Mainly the article was telling readers that everyone is important in the school whether they had a big or small role. There are some people recognized on so many pages because of their popularity when in reality, what importance did they really contribute? Why should some people work so hard to earn maybe just one picture in the yearbook? Everyone deserves to open their old high school yearbook and have so many good memories come back because of pictures of them or their friends. I think that’s the really the point of the yearbook, to show everyone. Those who have done more for the school definitely should be shown a little more, but that’s only because they actually contributed to the school. In conclusion, the yearbook should bring back your high school memories, not those of most popular kids.

    • I agree with what you said about it not being worth it to buy a $50 yearbook if you are only in a few pictures. I concur with your points about how the yearbook should bring back all memories, not just of the popular kids.

  27. I thought that this article was very interesting and brought up some really good points. I think the point of this article was to bring up the pros and cons of having equal time in the yearbook, most people think that everyone should have equal time in the yearbook and I for the most part, agree. Popular kids such as the jocks and cheerleaders are always the ones we see the most in our yearbooks but when you think about it, what did they really do to make our school a better place? Nothing. Where as the “nerds” who work hard don’t get 5 pages in the yearbook. They’re the ones who make a difference and they should get just as much of a chance to be remembered and reconized in the yearbook. However, I do agree with a quaote in this article stating “It’s unfair to suggest that everyone should get equal time when they haven’t put in equal time,” said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University. This is a good point because if a student doesn’t want to get involved in activities and sports and doesn’t put in an effort, why should others put in an effort to put them in the yearbook to potray them as people who contribute to school life. Overall, reading this article was really interesting, and thinking about it, there’re so many ways to go with it.

    • I 100% agree with that the”nerds” are the ones who make a difference too and that they should get just as much of a chance to be remembered and reconized in the yearbook. I like how you brought up that if a student doesn’t want to get involved in activities and sports and doesn’t put in an effort, why should others put in an effort to put them in the yearbook to potray them as people who contribute to school life.

  28. In this article A Yearbook Dedicated To Inclusion the point that is trying to be said is that no one should be left out of the yearbook. From all the jocks to all the nerds, “Everone deserves to be remembered,”said Lauren Williams. I totally agree with Lauren Williams. I think that a yearbook is for people to look back and Reflect with their families on what type of experience they had in high school. However even though people should at least be shown in the year book some kids should be shown more than others. The kids that participate in school activities and help out with fundraisers should be rewarded for their actions. In the end I believe that all students should be shown in the year book, but other students that participated more should be rewarded for that as well.

    • I agree with you that students that are more evolved should be rewarded by being featured more in a yearbook. I also agree that a yearbook should remind you of your high school experience and something to show to your family.

  29. Jack D. Moynihan

    This article, like the others above, and below, have said is very boosting to someones self confidence, for some people who just never get around to getting yearbook photos now can get at least 2 in the year book, i recal last year that the only photo of me in the year book was the one that is mandated by the school and is put with everyone else. i am fine with it but to get a chance to have another photo would definitely be nice. That is what this school is doing, giving the chance to be seen by others.

  30. I feel that the main point of this article is that whether you are the most popular kid in school, or someone that is not very popular, you should still be recognized in the yearbook. To me the yearbook is something that everyone should be in. It is for remembering people, and bringing back memories. People should not be left out of something that their peers will refer to when they are older, because if they do not see them in the yearbook. Then they wouldn’t be able to relive the memories that you had with that person. The bottom line is that everyone should be featured at least twice in something as special as a yearbook.

    • I agree with you. Two main reasons why I agree with you are because you said “everyone should be featured at least twice in something as special as a yearbook” and “It(the yearbook) is for remembering people, and bringing back memories.” Those two lines are great. Plus, your first sentence really gets the reader informed about the article. Nice job.

  31. Rosalind Wiseman the autor said that ” We need to sit at a table and figure it out. They need to say Hey that person has been in it 20 times, forget it.” I think a lot of people keep their high school yearbooks and that would be very embarrassing to show your kids your yearbook and you are not in it. .
    I think Ms. Rutkowski’s part is sad how you only have been appeared once or twice and then the kids that play sports and those who are popular get in it about 10 times makes me mad because I now feel bad for the nice kids who aren’t as popular.

    • I agree with you about the fact that everyone should be in the yearbook, at least once. That would be really embarrassing if younarenshowing your kids your yearbook, and you are not even in it.

  32. Everyone deserves to be in the yearbook. It’s really special to the students, especially 8th graders or seniors in high school. I know what it feels like to not be included in a yearbook or have the tiniest picture up in the corner. In the 5th I had maybe two other photos other than my school photo. Plus the photos that weren’t used were never given back. And it hurt. It not only hurt that I was barely in the yearbook, but also that I gave up the only photo of my friend Kanoko, which was not even used. I think it is a great idea that everyone gets equal space in the yearbook. It shows character of the people making the yearbook, that they care about others who may not be as popular as they are. It also shows less popular people that they are still important to their school.

    • Emilee, I completely agree with you. Especially what you said about the 5th graders, 8th graders, and seniors. It is special for them to get their pictures in the yearbook, since it’s the last year at that school. I also agree with what you said about popularity. A couple of pictures in the yearbook will show them that they actually are important, and people actually want to see their pictures.

  33. I think that this article is trying to tell people that even if you’re the most unpopular kid in the school, you should still be in the year book. I feel that no matter who you are or what you do as a student, you should be included in the yearbook. I think yearbooks are supposed to capture at least one memory of every student, not just filled with a lot of memories of the captain of the football team. Everyone deserves credit in the yearbook and people who aren’t included could feel really bad and worthless. Then they may become depressed and possibly worse all because someone didn’t include them in the school’s yearbook.

    • You are right, there shouldn’t be so many pictures and memories of the football team. A yearbook is basically a sstory of you’re year and you don’t want to be left out of the story.

  34. “Everyone deserves to be remembered,” Lauren Williams said, “Whether they’re a hugely popular kid or just in their own little group, they matter to someone.” I think that it’s great that many schools are now keeping track of how many times students are featured in the yearbook. Every person deserves to capture and carry on his or her middle school and high school moments throughout their lives. Knowing that they will actually be making an appearance in the yearbook, more students will buy them. Yearbooks should be about everyone’s memories, not just the popular kids’ childhood.

    • I completely agree with you. It really is good how schools are starting to realize how many times some students are shown in the yearbook, whether it’s a lot or barely. Everyone deserves to be in the yearbook at least twice, and if they are shown more, it should be for important contributions made to the school. I think you had some really good points and thoughts about the article.

      • You are absolutely correct. Every person deserves to be in the yearbook. It shouldn’t matter if they’re popular or not. A yearbook is for the memories, not to open up and realize you weren’t in it. You also made a good point. If everyone knows they’re going to be in the yearbook, everyone is going to buy one and everyone is going to be more excited about it if everyone has one. Good job!

  35. For the most part I completely agree with this article. Every student should be shown at least twice in the yearbook because each person is equal to the person sitting next to him or her. Because someone is more popular shouldn’t mean they deserve to be shown more because they are just as important as the least popular person in the school. However, I think people who participate more in school activities should be shown more. These people don’t have to be popular, but they are very school spirited, and belong to activities involving the school. They should deserve credit for loving their school if they participate as much as they do. I do think, though, that everyone deserves to be in the yearbook at least twice because it is fair that way, but those who participate more, should be in the yearbook more.

    • I also thought that each student should be shown a certain amount of times, but you brought up a great reason why you think some should be shown than others. I like how you said the people who participate in school activities should be shown more because they have a lot of school spirit, not because they’re “popular.”

  36. I think that this article is a good way of telling people that how ever popular people are, should’t be a factor of how many times they appear in their schools yearbook. I think that students who aren’t necessarily as popular or cool as the varsity quarterback still deserve to be recognized, even if it’s, “John Smith: Winner of The Algebra Regional Finals” because although it’s not important to half the school, it’s important for him, and for that to be overlooked could affect his efforts later in life. What if he is never mentioned in the yearbook, he could grow up thinking that no matter what he did, no one would really care, so he stops trying as hard. Is that the society that we want to live in? One were peoples futures depend on being in the yearbook? Neither do I.

    • I agree with what you wrote about how not being included can give you negetive thoughts. Most people want to know they are important, and a way people can be sure of it is when they are included in the yearbook. Good job!

    • I think that you make a very good point. I agree with all of your thoughts and I don’t want to live in a society where peoples future is depended on wether or not they were in the yearbook. I feel that people who aren’t popular or cool still deserve a part in the yearbook.

    • I concur. Being in the yearbook should be about remembering everyone, not just the people who were on student council or on the football team and the cheerleaders. Its about remembering all the thing people did. Even if was an Algebra Regional Finals or something like that. Nothing is to be missed.

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