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PRIDE to have its first yearbook thanks to three hardworking students

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PRIDE High School students (L-R) Jessica Galvan, Celia Fernandez and Kristina Henriquez work on laying out the pages for PRIDE's first ever yearbook. The three girls, who are using this as their senior project, have been working on the yearbook project for more than a month.

Several students felt that Sunnyside's PRIDE High School was missing something. That something? A vital piece of the high school experience - a yearbook.

Over the past few weeks, Jessica Galvan, Celia Fernandez and Kristina Henriquez have been going through the steps necessary to bring a high school yearbook to the students at PRIDE High School.

"We decided that it was something PRIDE didn't have that every other school did," Henriquez said.

The three girls have been hard at work since making the decision to pursue the creation of the school's first yearbook. Most recently they have been busy running around the school with a digital camera, snapping shots of students in class, teachers talking to students and headshots of students who weren't there for school pictures.

All of the pictures will be incorporated into an 8-1/2 by 11 inch, full-color yearbook. The girls spent the first few days of their spring break laying out the pictures on the pages and getting the yearbook ready to send to the publisher.

However, before the girls could even begin snapping pictures, they had to do a lot of work to ensure the school administration and student body would accept a yearbook.

Galvan said they had to first approach the school's principal, Gary Babcock, with the idea. After talking to Babcock, Fernandez said, they put together a survey for the students at PRIDE High School. The survey asked whether or not the students would purchase a yearbook, how much they would be willing to pay for it and what types of things they would like to see included.

Henriquez said the response to the survey was overwhelming, with the girls getting more than 50 percent of the surveys they distributed returned to them. She said most of the students at the school seemed to support the idea of a yearbook.

Once it became clear that the yearbook was something that was going to be supported by both administrators and students, the three girls got in touch with a yearbook publisher and started discussing prices and learning about the basics of putting a yearbook together.

Teacher Teri Alvarez-Ziegler, who has been overseeing the yearbook project, said both she and the girls have learned a lot over the past few weeks about yearbook production. She said they have learned what it takes to put together a project of this magnitude, adding that the girls are using this as their senior project.

Henriquez said one of the most challenging parts of putting the yearbook together has been working against a deadline. The yearbook had to be sent to the publisher yesterday (Monday). She added that designing the pages has also proven to be a tricky task. The pages were laid out on paper, with the girls cutting out the different pictures they were using and gluing them onto the pages where they wanted them to go. The pages have to be sent to the publisher photo ready.

Galvan said one of the hardest parts of the project has been taking the pictures necessary to fill the school's first yearbook.

"Hopefully it will turn out as good as we want it to," Henriquez said.

But Henriquez, Fernandez and Galvan will have to wait until June 1, when the yearbook is set to be returned to the school, to see the end result of their hard work.

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