I'm not a yearbook person. I wasn't supposed
to do stuff like this. I'm an engineer, for crying
out loud! Building power plants and driving
chemical separations is easy. Editing a yearbook? That's hard.
I managed to get through a full year of it,
somehow, and enjoyed myself enough that I
begged Ashley to let me do it again after she got
re-elected Editor in Chief. But enough of that
nonsense; everyone's just reading this for the
acknowledgements anyway, so let's get on it.
It feels like I wrote almost half the stories in
this yearbook. The reason I did not write all of
them is because we had a talented team of writers who took the stories I didn't want to. The
most diligent of these just happened to be
Richard Whitrock, who always put off his stories
until just after the last minute, but still managed
to astound me with his brilliance.
Thankfully, I did not have to take very many
pictures for this book, because I'm a horrible
photographer. Instead, we had a team of talented photographers to fill our pages with the pretty
pictures in this book. Special mention must go
out to Lauren Wilson, the photo editor, for saving us on numerous occasions and taking tons of
sports pictures, as well as Yvonne, Pin, and of
course, Kena Alvarado, our superstar and hero.
She's also got a huge crush on me, even if she
doesn't know it yet.
Our section editors kept things interesting.
Brandy Stoesz had some brilliant layouts and
wonderful pages, but unfortunately had to leave
us mid-semester due to time constraints.
Crys Lewis also left us after I hanged her
freaky McDonald's doll from the rafters one too
Michelle Lehmann never once turned in a
page on time. However, she kept us informed of
her progress, and put together a marvelous
Academics section. Her yearbook enthusiasm
can only be matched by my boss.
Lacie Burke impressed Ashley and myself by
actually volunteering to take the sports section.
Her brilliant layouts, wonderful captions, and
stellar work ethic were phenomenal throughout
Sadaf Farooqui got off to a rough start, but
pulled everything together right at the end. She
had the longest, and arguably the hardest section, but with a little help from Donald Scherer
and Michelle, everything got done.
Cortney Martin wasn't even supposed to be
an editor, but after our original People Editor
quit the week before school started, her impressive application prompted Ashley and I to offer
her the position. She accepted, and exceeded
both our expectations with her punctuality, her
dedication, and her page layout skills.
And then there's Ashley, my boss. Our relationship, or whatever, always kept the office just
tense enough that no one ever knew what might
come next. When I was a good boy, she rewarded me with popcorn and candy. When I was a
bad boy, she scolded me until I assumed a fetal
position in the corner and prayed for nuclear
war. Most of all, she inspired me, taught me,
and showed me that even an engineer can do this
stuff. Thank you, Ashley.
Long live the Cat Master!
Taking a break
The stunningly handsome, extraordinarily talented
Matthew E. Caster pauses for a moment to pose with his
beloved "Cubby" doll. Caster's desk and bulletin board
were always uniquely decorated with strange and mysterious items such as a bust of Augustus Caesar and a small
white tile which reminded the world that "There's no one
exactly like Matthew."
Photo by Michelle Lehmann
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