Senior Year Division Story Example for Yearbook Staff Committees:

Hello high school yearbook staff committees: Here is another division story example to provide you with. And remember, it’s important to include the yearbook theme in your division stories because the stories about your graduating class have to match the overall theme. Otherwise, every random sentences you write about without adding information which is supposed to match the theme will not float very well and most likely to be the worst division story to be written.

Theme example from previous post: “The Zombies Awaken.

Seniors–> “At last, we have now reached our final year of high school together. From survivalist to walking zombies of the school chain, we have achieved things we never thought would be possible. From pulling all-night stunts to finishing our difficult homework assignments on time as well as filling out college applications before the deadlines, we have accomplished these things as a team to ensure our graduating class will be memorable. As we reach the end of the tunnel, it is with great sadness to say goodbye to our high school career and say hello to the real world where we will have to survive the zombie apocalypse on a seven-day, 24 hour stretch. To the class of 2017, we are the zombies awoken and nothing will stop us from lurking among these halls.”

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Inspiring to Be a Journalist? Click Here For Tips

When we read stories about someone writing a story, we are unsure if they are journalists or citizen journalists (bloggers) unless we end up on a major news networking website where tons of stories about political and current events are located for viewing, commenting and sharing across the social media platforms. If you have an inspiration for journalism, here are some tips you can consider before making the final call:

  • Look at all different forms of journalism and pick the one you have the closest ties with. In other words, if enjoy writing about sports, become a sportscaster or sports writer.
  • After you select which section of journalism you would like to work as, do your research and find other journalists in that particular area. If some of them are alive and active on social media, send them a message and ask for their advice.
  • Step three, create a blog and write about those events you’ve attended with a particular writing style. Sports has one way of reporting which team won/lost while investigative news pertains to crime.
  • As this cannot be stressed enough, participate in internships and extracurricular activities that relate to your particular field of interest.

Live and learn from these opportunities. Don’t let them come by and slip away. Experience from these events will help open the doors for you in ways that yet you cannot imagine.

Need Experience Under Your Belt? Reach & Snatch for More Opportunities at Hand:

No matter what grade level you are in at this point, if you need to grab more journalism experience under your belt, reach and snatch for more opportunities as quick as you can. Do not expect the opportunities to come your way. Relying on luck and family connections do not guarantee you instant opportunities. You must have previous experience in journalism (writing & reporting news, photography and video skills) to continue.

In all honesty, if you want to be a journalist but are introverted, communication is key. Work in retail for a few years and you will learn how to associate with customers, coworkers and your supervisors. The reason for retail? Because it will help you enhance your ability to speak with the public.  Here are some opportunities you can snatch while on summer break:

  1. Attend concerts and conventions where you will meet famous people. Interview them about their work and you will get an idea what they are about.  Blog about your experiences and what you have learned from attending these events.
  2. Partake in extracurricular activities at your school. For example, join the newspaper and yearbook committees. Learn about these clubs and how they communicate with teachers and students differently.
  3. Make sure you go the extra mile and intern at a local newspaper where you will write stories, snap photographs and deliver newspapers.
  4. Lastly, when you find a story in your hometown that was not covered, jump on it immediately and begin the interview process after gathering information in regards to what the story is about. Write your story, edit it and you can do one or two things with this story (A: Ask your local newspaper if you can publish an article) or (B: Blog about the story before anyone else publishes it).

To Middle School Journalists: How to Create Collage on Photoshop

#1: Go on Adobe Photoshop and click on “File” and hit “New.” With preset, hit “Photo.”

#2: Download the photos and then load onto Photoshop

#3: Use the rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste the photos onto the “photo board.”

#4: To shrink or image the photos, use the rectangular marquee tool and right-click on “free transform.”

To Middle School Journalists: Attend Events

To put it bluntly for those who love writing but feel the need to isolate yourselves from reality, here is my advice to you: “Never isolate yourself for too long. It can become extensively boring and you will never be able to understand what it takes to become a writer unless you go out and attend events you’ve never been to before. What you gain from your experiences will change you for the rest of your life.”

In other words, what you learn from your good and bad experiences, will change how the way you see things, think and feel as a writer. Do not be afraid to speak your mind and make sure you gather your facts before posting for the entire world to view. Sometimes what you hear and see are not always as truthful as you think it might be. Get out of the house for once and have fun. Life is too short to stay inside on a daily basis.

To Middle School Journalists: Writing Yearbook Story Paragraph Layout

In middle school, you are learning how to expand your vocabulary and speak in front of a large class. But if you love writing and have an interest in joining the yearbook staff, here are some story ideas you can write about regarding your graduating class:

#1 Paragraph: Describe the beginning of your graduating class. First impressions matter the most.

Example: When we entered our first year of middle school, it was difficult to communicate with one another since we came from different places. Learning to know each other took a bit of time and effort but now we understand ourselves at a faster rate since we have completed our sixth grade together.

#2 Paragraph: Describe experiences from beginning to end.

Example: At our first pep rally, we had a blast. From winning the spirit stick to befriending seventh and eighth graders to field trips and joining extracurricular activities, our sixth grade experience has been once in a lifetime memorable flashback we will never forget. 

#3 Paragraph: Conclusion.

Example: To conclude our first year of middle school experience, we welcome the upcoming sixth grade class to join us at a meet-and-greet orientation where our class speaks among the crowd regarding our experiences and how they can enjoy their first year without stressing out as to how many homework assignments they will have to complete on a daily basis. Congratulations class of 2023, we have accomplished one year and look forward to spending time with one another within the next few months to come. 

Yearbook Advice: Division Page Story

If you are a new student working on a high school yearbook staff and need help writing a story for your graduating class, there is one example which will be listed down below. What is a division page, you ask? It’s a page where you tell stories about your graduating class and what you all have together accomplished as the years go by. In other words, if you are a sophomore, you can write a story about the class of 2022’s experience starting off as underdogs of the school and how you all came together to avoid the “terrifying upperclassmen” stereotypes.

Usually, the division page stories are one long paragraph which covers activities, pep rallies, pranks, etc.

Example 1: “Freshman year went by in the blink of an eye. Here we were, greeting each other in the cafeteria at orientation and now we have one year of high school experience completed under our belts. From the time we walked through those front doors and waving our parents goodbye, it was symbolic enough to say our future will be held in the hands of our present and future teachers. As we proudly chant with our class at the pep rallies and partake in extracurricular activities, we must take pride in our hard work and avoid the high school stereotypes at all cost. To the class of 2022, we must raise a toast to one another for surviving our freshman year and here’s to many more memories we will make as each school year flies by without blinking an eye.”

If you are still struggling and need another division story idea, please do not hesitate to comment down below.

Practice Writing an Article? Find one And Edit it

Have you read articles that aren’t worth reading, but you want to correct? Perhaps, due to poor grammatical and punctuation errors? Or because there are too many keywords which indicates the website’s topic is fictitious? If you have read articles similar to these and are interested in editing them for enhancing your writing capabilities, here are some steps you can take to do so:

  1. Read the article carefully and figure out what the topic of it is.
  2. After discovering the topic, read each sentence and paragraph carefully. Look for keywords that sets the tone (how the writer perceives the topic, the mood).
  3. Once you figure out what the writer’s purpose of the article is, begin writing your first two paragraphs.
  4. Make sure to shorten the first paragraph because it is about what is happening in the story.
  5. The second and third paragraphs should be about the how, who said what and what can be prevented.
  6. Conclusion is wrapping everything together in one to two short sentences.
  7. Think of this as writing a five paragraph essay. It’s not hard to figure out the introduction, three main points and conclusion. Except, the introduction starts off with a story that has occurred.

Study Time!

For the last couple of days, I’ve been exercising more and studying less. Now it’s time to jump into action and prepare for my marketing class exam tomorrow that consists of the first seven chapters from the textbook.

Exercising is great and it does make me focus, but goofing off too much doesn’t look good on my part. Instead, I need to take notes, study the textbook and read my previous quizzes that I took online to see what material will be on there as well as taking a peek at the syllabus to see what the test will be (multiple choice or short answer).

Good luck to every college student out there and try your hardest to pass your exams this semester!