To be able to understand what exactly happens in Journalism and Yearbook, one must first begin to recognize the amazing staff that’s behind the activity. Although there are several students who work extremely hard to achieve their goals, they’re headed by three individuals who overlook sections of the yearbook. This include Elizabeth Vangorp, an english teacher and Advisor of the yearbook, Carissa Vanzee who is the yearbook editor, and Chiane Hartman who is the public relations coordinator. All three jobs are extremely important, and we’re going to dig deeper to find out who they really are in depth.
Elizabeth Vangorp, who has held a teaching position at Montezuma Community Schools for three years, is the official advisor of the yearbook staff. Although her time is split between five other English related classes, which proves to be a challenge sometimes, Ms. Van Gorp tries her best to stay focused on the journalism team by helping them succeed. One of her passions is seeing her students take ownership of their work, and using their leadership qualities to become successful in their day-to-day life, in and out of school. In her interview, she also stated that she enjoys giving back to the kids who are not necessarily athletic. This ties in to one of her biggest goals; She hopes to make outsiders realize that Journalism is much more than just a class, it’s a club organization, and it’s a team.
Another member of Journalism that helps guide the team, is Carissa Vanzee, she works as an editor for the yearbook. Aside from journalism, Carissa is involved in various amounts of school activities including cross country, basketball, track, softball, FFA, individual speech and drama, and student council. Carissa joined journalism to replace a class in her schedule that made her unhappy, and eventually she winded up being surprisingly passionate about the yearbook and its staff. Her personal yearbook goal is to help aid the staff in making a great and memorable 2018-2019 yearbook. However, her overall goal for the staff is to slowly begin to involve underclassmen, so that they’ll be trained when it’s their time to take on bigger staff roles. When asked what she would tell other students who were not apart of the yearbook staff, she quoted, “The first rule of fight club, don’t talk about fight club.”
Chiane Hartman is in charge of public relations portion of yearbook, which means she's in charge of coming up with creative ways to convince students and parents to buy a book. Her personal goal is be as openly creative as possible, and her yearbook goal is to be a composed guide for the public relations staff. She hopes to inspire people to see a creative side in everything, that the world is full of color and not everything is inked in black and white. Chiane is very active in her high school community and participates in the spanish club, cheerleading, and student council. When asked why students should buy the yearbook her response was, and quote, "We didn't make a new staff position this year to promote the yearbook for people not to buy one." Although the PR portion of the staff is relatively new, they'll be safe under Chiane's watchful eye, as one of her biggest goals is to stabilize her position.
Although these three people play the largest roles in directing the wild journalism staff, every single person on the team plays their part. They are all creative in their own ways, and without the contribution of each member, there would be no such thing as a team. It’s important to understand the people working behind a beloved yearbook, once you learn who’s behind the magic you’ll feel safer knowing that the precious time capsule is in the hands of people who care for it dearly.