The 2017-2018 McNicholas yearbook will be created by nine senior students under yearbook adviser Anne Jones. All nine students are new to the yearbook class, and this year marks Jones’s return to teaching. The theme is Time Flies.
“My goal is to empower this group of nine seniors as much as possible,” Jones said. “I’m really putting this in the hands of the students as much as I can.”
The nine yearbook staff members include Paxton Albrinck, Rachel Bachman, Kennedy Brennan, Isabella Daley, Emily Henkes, Stephanie Kauza, Matthew Neuzil, Ben Rodell, and Meagan Taylor. As yearbook adviser, it is Jones’s responsibility to teach the yearbook class about journalism, photojournalism, and publication, and help edit and approve the final product.
Former English teacher Ashley Markesbery was the 2016-2017 yearbook adviser, but she left McNick and began teaching at Walnut Hills High School for the 2017-2018 school year. Jones said that she respects the work Markesbery did on the yearbook. “I know that Markesbery and her staff worked hard last year, and I want to celebrate their work,” she said.
Jones advised the award-winning yearbook alongside current English department chair Angie Noble for eleven years, ten as an English teacher, and one as librarian. She was then absent as yearbook adviser for six years, but returned to the English department as the yearbook adviser and as an English teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.
Jones said that she enjoys teaching yearbook because “it’s a different kind of class” and “a way to work with students differently.” She said that yearbook students are especially motivated because there’s a final, tangible product to show and be proud of, and the class offers opportunity for leadership and passion.