The Burleson High School yearbook team won first place with their yearbook theme, “Illumination,” at the Balfour Media Mania Camp, held over the summer at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Teams were challenged with creating a yearbook theme for the upcoming school year. The eight-member BHS team decided the book they produce should show what is at the heart of the Elk Family and what makes BHS unique.
Yearbook staff members cover all of the events on campus, spending their lunch breaks, evenings and weekends capturing and compiling the unseen. They said they believe knowing what goes on behind the scenes gives them a special insight into their school’s unique character.
“I am unbelievably proud of my team this year and I think we have a chance at producing an amazing product,” Elk Yearbook Advisor Stephanie Mitchell said.
Mitchell said that the group’s goal throughout the year is to highlight campus organizations, supporters of the school and individual students. When school started this year, BHS students were invited to help kick-off the award-winning theme by participating in pictures that will be used throughout the yearbook. To play up the “U” in illuminate, students posed for pictures with words painted on their hands, arms, even foreheads to describe their “inner u.”
But with about 400 students and faculty members having participated, the yearbook team may have to rethink how they will use all of the photos, Mitchell said.
“We are taking on a lot with an eight-person staff, but if any group of kids can do it, it’s these kiddos,” Mitchell said. “They have a true heart for their school and fellow students.”