“Ooooh the yearbook!”
“Am I in here?
“No. ok Its only been, what, 5 years since I have?
“Another waste of $30”
That is a typical reaction from someone who has not been in the yearbook. Some people have never been in a yearbook.
Certain people get in 20 times, like the football captains but other people like the band first chairs or the drama leader may never appear! That doesn’t seem right does it? Well to some people that is the tough reality. The person that is the team captain, or the MVP of the basketball team may be featured shouldn’t the leader of 3 clubs be in there also?
Yes you might say “ what about the person that comes to class late and leaves early?” yes that is an issue but I bet their parents would be a lot happier having that $30 spent on something their child to enjoy for many years. According to the New York Times article by Winnie Hu, a 16 year old girl, Rikanya Williams only appeared once in the yearbook. Not even her school picture was in! “ the only one she was in was the picture of her and her step team. She said” I’m a part of this school, I should be in here more!” Sadly that is a common theme among many kids who have never and may never be in a yearbook. People not so high on the “totem pole” will have the experience that Amy Rutkowski, the yearbook advisor for Scotch Plains-Fanwood”s, “the football players were there, and the cheerleaders next to them and there was me- the band geek- in the corner, literally, if I even made it that year”. When looking at her husbands yearbook she saw the difference. She said ” He was in everything he made the candids, he was in almost every page. I always said ” How did you even notice me?”
As you can see this problem is not just an issue in high school, it can continue throughout their life. The not so popular people might not have the joy and laughs of looking at their high school selves. While the popular people people will look on for many years at the joy they had. This must change by having equal space for everyone.
“A Yearbook Dedicated to Inclusion – The New York Times.” 2010. 3 Mar. 2015