Late yearbooks bring anger to end of school Deadlines missed

memories delayed

June 07, 1996|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

One important book was missing on the last day of school yesterday at South Carroll High School.

The yearbook.

A few missed deadlines over the course of the year led to the all-important collection of school memories being about one month late -- students may return to the school to pick it up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20 and 21.

"Everybody was really mad," said Kate Reilly, a graduating senior. "It takes away the tradition of signing them."

Instead, most students brought in blank books and signed those.

The student newspaper, the Courier, tried to soften the blow by adding a blank sheet to its final issue. Students signed that too.

A junior, Natasha Davis, removed her jeans for friends

to sign at Denny's Restaurant in Eldersburg at a student gathering Wednesday night. (She was wearing shorts underneath.)

Another student brought a stuffed animal for her friends to inscribe.

Normally, students would carry their yearbooks throughout a day of class, trading them to sign short or rambling messages throughout the pages.

Seniors were especially irked because they'll have little opportunity for fellow classmates to sign when they pick up their books later this month.

"When we pick them up, I'm sure we can get people to sign them, but it won't be the same," Reilly said.

"There's no guarantee you'll run into all your friends," said Elizabeth Reiter, another graduating senior.

Students blame the staff for not making the deadlines, and Reilly said the yearbook adviser should not have given them passing grades.

"They shouldn't be passing if they didn't fill the requirement of the class. A 'C' is average, and they didn't even do an average job," Reilly said.

Yearbook editor Katherine Barrow, also a graduating senior, said the missed deadlines were due to some difficulties with the staff.

"The people who did work hard worked really hard to get it done this soon," she said, or it would have been even later in the summer.

"We've known since January it was probably going to be late," Barrow said.

As the editor, she has been bearing the brunt of student anger over the delay.

"She's been harassed a lot lately," Reilly said. "It's really focused on her."

Barrow said she expected that, but counters that because of students who did not complete their assignments, she did much more writing and typed in more stories than an editor usually does.

"The problem with having yearbook as a credit course is people who don't want it get stuck in it," Barrow said. "They think it's an easy 'A,' then they get in and they see the massive load of work."

Still, Barrow isn't deterred.

She is thinking of attending Carroll Community College and eventually becoming a nurse.

But some day, she said, she'd like to be the South Carroll yearbook adviser.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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