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Echowan hustles to meet deadlines

Staffers work hard to produce content
Rachel Arkis
Seniors Vivi Thomas and Eliana Montero-Ward work on portraits for the yearbook Jan. 23. Echowan has been working on portrait photos and baby ads for the past couple of weeks.

Echowan is a student-led class that builds our yearbook each year. With the semester ending, many important deadlines are coming up for the staffers. The first order of business for Echowan right now is completing work on the portrait photos for the book. According to chief Vivi Thomas, their deadline for portrait pictures is approaching. 

“We have a deadline coming up at the end of January for all our portrait pictures,” Thomas said. “The staffers are working hard to make sure all names are spelled correctly and everything is set for the deadline.” 

According to business manager Eliana Montero-Ward, the staff is also working on fundraising to make money and baby ads for seniors. Baby ads in the yearbook have been a fun tradition for seniors throughout the years.

“We’re working on business ads which have been sort of tedious, but baby ads are going well,” Montero-Ward said. “We are just trying to spread the word.” 

There can be a lot of stress for staffers coming with this large deadline, said advisor Kelsey Hanson. 

“It’s sort of a big package and it’s a little bit stressful and time consuming,” Hanson said.

Another important piece of the yearbook is the inclusivity of the students. According to Montero-Ward, they are focusing on feature questions as a way to ensure that everyone is represented.

“We’re working on getting all of the students we possibly can through feature questions,” Montero-Ward said. “This makes sure that everyone is represented and ensures that the book reflects the diversity of the student body.”

It’s very important for things to stay on schedule for the Echowan staff. Thomas said she makes individual to-do lists for staffers to ensure they stay on schedule.

“I make checklists for the staff, letting them know what we need for the deadline,” Thomas said. 

According to Hanson, the block scheduling this week posed a bit of an issue for the Echowan staff in terms of timing.

“Obviously, the block schedule made us feel a little bit nervous because (there are) fewer interactions in class,” Hanson said.

Teamwork is a very important aspect of Echowan, Montero-Ward said.

“(The staffers) have been working super hard,”  Montero-Ward said. “Our photographers have been going to every single game and some practices and our writers have been working with all of their time in class.”

This year there is a new advisor for Echowan. According to Thomas, they have made changes to the class this year and have been coming up with new management ideas. 

“It’s just been making adjustments to make sure the class still runs smoothly. We are trying to move forward and come up with new ideas on how to run the class,” Thomas said.

Becoming advisor for Echowan is a large responsibility, especially in the high stakes environment that comes with producing a yearbook. According to Hanson, with the experience that many of the major staffers have, they have made the transition smoother for the class.

“(Echowan is) totally different from any class I’ve taught before,” Hanson said. “I feel quite lucky that I have the major staffers that I have, they have been really supportive.” 

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Madeline Anklam, Echo Staffer
Hi! My name is Madeline Anklam and I’m a senior this year. I enjoy playing tennis and in my free time I like to hang out with friends and listen to music! My favorite food is Punch Pizza and my Starbucks order is an iced matcha latte with vanilla and oatmilk:) I’m excited for Echo this year!
Rachel Arkis, Echo Staffer
Hey guys!! I’m Rachel, I’m a senior, and this is my third year on Echo. In my free time, I like playing tennis, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. This year I’m looking forward to getting to know more people and running a (very profitable) freezeria with Abby Mei$ler in the pub! My goal for this year is to co-star with Abby to make the most viral video the world has ever seen. Please help us achieve this ;)

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