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1: Table of Contents | 2-3 4-5 6-15 16-29 30-39 40-55 56-77 | resume reflection photos copy mods layouts spreads

2: Résumé | Carrie Wright 42825 Shaler Street South Riding, Virginia 20152 Objective: The purpose for being a student journalist on a yearbook staff is to immerse yourself in the school while doing it the service of recording its history. You gain knowledge in the field but, more importantly, you create a forever-existing product that will be cherished, explained, and looked at for generations to come. Education: Freedom High School Advanced Diploma expected 2012 English 9, English 10 Honors, English 11 Honors, A.P. English Literature & Composition, Creative Writing Journalism Awards: 2012 Yearbook Student of the Year Editorial Experience: Photo Editor September 2009 – June 2010: -Overlooked all photography that was included in the yearbook. Assisted photographers with photo-taking skills, camera knowledge, caption writing, and the quality of photos. -Managed all cameras owned and operated by the yearbook staff. -Assigned photographers to school events throughout the year.

3: Editorial Experience (continued): Copy Editor September 2010 - June 2011: -Edited and approved all writing pieces that went into the yearbook -Consulted with writers about conducting interviews, finding angles, using good quotes, and meeting deadlines Co-Editor-In-Chief August 2011-May 2012: -Edited and approved all content that went into the yearbook -Managed theme ideas and implementation -Created the opening, dividers, and closing -Managed the editorial board Journalism Experience: JEA/NSPA Journalism Conference, November 2009: -Attended a two-day national conference in Washington D.C. that included workshops on all aspects of journalism. Specifically was present for photography and design-oriented workshops. Bring it Day, May 2011: -Attended a four hour workshop that included presentations from established yearbook experts on theme, excellent journalism, and new ideas for the upcoming year. -Began discussing ideas for the 2011-2012 yearbook. Yearbook NV Camp, August 2011: -Attended a four-day yearbook camp for Northern Virginia students. The camp included presentations from yearbook experts and centered around official theme development for the upcoming school year. -Freedom HS staff created and finalized the theme "Like it Or Not."

4: Reflection | My experience on the Freedom High School yearbook staff has been nothing short of insanity. The past three years of my life have been devoted to interviews, camera lenses, captions and pica boxes. My brain has been filled to the brim with theme ideas, layout rules, and absolutely ridiculous headlines from Eagle Beat to Passion: Pass It On. The memories I've created and gotten to capture are ones that I hope will never fade. This is how I will remember my high school career, I'm sure of it. There are plenty of moments I can recall that deal with high stress situations. But, to compliment those, there are many moments of absolute pride as well. One of my proudest moments happened on one of the final days prior to sending the yearbook during my senior year. Katy Greiner, my Co-Editor-In-Chief was sitting next to me and we were working furiously on a laptop finalizing the closing copy. Writers block was among us, because for the life of us, we couldn't come up with the concluding sentences of the book. Suddenly, we both were struck with an idea--concluding with a series of numbers that represented time passing and an in-your-face final line. When we hit the period button, a chill washed over me. We had finished a book. And at that moment, Katy was the only other person in the world I could relate with. It was a great feeling. I'll be gone after graduation, but I truly hope that the small amount of knowledge and wisdom I've acquired and passed along to younger staff members will guide them through the Yearbook storm as past leaders have guided me. If I had any final parting wisdom, I would tell the staff that you need to remember what you're doing. It's so so easy to get caught up in the arduous process of making a book and forget that the purpose of the book is to make a record. It is going to be looked over for years and years and it will make people laugh, cry, and reminisce. It is immortalized the second the ink hits the paper. Take pride in every interview you conduct, every photo you take and every design you construct. Even the ones you throw out are proof of work and dedication. With that pride should come a sense of responsibility. It is your duty to be an excellent journalist--and that

5: means being an excellent cheerleader of the school, excellent student in all of your classes, and excellent participator in all activities. You're remembering the year for everyone else, so you have to take part in that year. To next years editorial board, I leave you with this: Take a breath. You all are great at what you do, and even if you feel that you aren't, you have an entire year ahead of you to learn how to be. But what most of you forget to do is breathe. Work your butts off, stress out and lose a lot of sleep, scream, cry, and laugh until you get a six-pack. But also know that perfection is to be striven for, not achieved. Always expect it, but don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Look at those mistakes like battle scars, and move forward from them. Also try to put yourself in the position of staffers when you're dealing with them. You were once in their place, do you remember how it felt to be reprimanded by an older, scarier editor? Maintain professionalism and sensitivity at all times, no matter how angry you are. They will respect you for it. To the editors-in-chief, my advice to you is to forge an unbreakable alliance with each other. You will need each other countless times throughout the year, and you should not be ashamed of that. Remember that you two are the only ones in the school who know what it's like to lead a yearbook staff. Take comfort in one another, and do things to get away from yearbook every once in a while--together. Also, you must always remember to be in constant communication with your adviser. Chances are, you're the only ones who are. Don't take that relationship lightly, and if there are problems, fix them. You can't expect the staff to function if the link at the top is broken. And finally, give yourself a heck of a lot of credit. After all, you've done quite a lot to deserve it, haven't you? To the adviser, my only advice to you is to remember that you're human too, even if you try to be perfect. Usually, the students can be trusted, and you don't have to worry about everything. So take a breath, and relax every once in a while. You owe it to yourself, because you're the crazy fool who agreed to be the yearbook adviser ;) At this time, I'm not sure what I'd like to pursue as a career. But I do know this--yearbook has allowed me to fall in love with stories. Fantasy stories, comedic stories, relational stories, and most of all, people's stories. I want to work within that realm for as long as I can, and I owe it to yearbook for shaping that idea for me. I truly hope that all of the lessons I've learned over the past three years will remain as everlasting as the pages I have binded into my three yearbooks.

6: Photos

7: gymnastics dance mods hope prom communication | 8-10 11 12-13 14 15

8: WHILE ARCHING her back on top of the beam, Morgan Toelle [11] draws strength from her teammates’ cheers from the sidelines. The girls motivated each other with encouraging words such as “pretty” and “you got this.” photo by carrie wright. | USING HER upper-body strength, Brooke Landry [9] holds her shoulder roll for the judges to critique. This beam routine scored her a 9.3 at districts (the meet prior to the one shown), her personal best for the season. photo by carrie wright.

9: EXTENDING HER arms out in front of her, Miranda Romano [12] tries to impress the judges with her style. Despite a back injury early in the season, Miranda achieved her goal of making it to states. photo by carrie wright. | LEAPING INTO the air, Kaylee Annello [9] keeps focus to stick her landing back on the narrow beam. “You need to be strong in every muscle group of your body to jump in the air like that. It all ties in together,” said Kaylee. photo by carrie wright.

10: USING HER arms to keep her body steady, Alexis Chaet [11] concentrates on maintaining good form during her beam routine. Alexis scored a 9.3 on her routine, however that did not push her to place for beam. photo by carrie wright.

11: EMOTING INTO the dance, Kaitlin Stanton [10] in shadow at the Bullying Awareness Assembly. The dance team accompanied by the choir performed “Apologize” by One Republic. photo by carrie wright.

12: PAINTING SIGNS to encourage students to attend their home meet, Anisha Kumar [9] and Evelyn Soon [10] work with the other gymnasts after practice one night. Gymnastics only had one home meet this season and it was their senior night. photo by carrie wright. | AFTER FINISHING her routine, Brooke Landry [9] is congratulated by her fellow teammates for her best beam score yet. Brooke scored a 9.3 at the Dulles District meet. photo by carrie wright. | WAITING FOR the judges to finish scoring, Taylor Lyon [10] and Emily Hinrichs [10] dance to “Cupid Shuffle” by New Cupid with a judges daughter. All of the gymnasts got on the floor after the State Qualifier and danced as a way to pass the time. photo by carrie wright.

14: AT THE HOPE prom, Spencer Schmutz [12] and Jennifer Blake [12] dance with a HOPE prom attendee. Spencer sang the song “Only Exception” by Paramore while he and Jennifer danced with her. photo by carrie wright.

15: Strumming a tune, Davenport focuses on making sure his fingers are in the correct position. Having musical talents, Davenport hopes to continue his path in music. | Fingering various notes and chords, Davenport presents the guitar's beauty of sounds. Davenport wants others in the community to recognize the importance of music in daily life. | Sitting out in the sun, Truman Davenport, 11, strums to a precise rhythm on his guitar. Other than guitar, Davenport practices on the drums in his spare time.

16: Copy

17: gymnastics dance color guard junior mod opening like it divider or not divider closing track senior spread | 18 19 20 21 22-23 24 25 26-27 28 29

18: SMILING, CHECK. No hair bands on wrists, check. Ignoring wedgie, check. Balance, check. Not stepping after landing, check. For gymnastics, it was all about following the rules to impress the judges. Whether on beam, bars, vault, or floor, every little move gymnasts made affected their points. Miranda Romano [12] said, “A pointed toe could be the difference between first and fourth place or going to states and not going to states.” Each judge had a different style of critiquing, but despite their personal tastes, one thing they all agreed on was that confidence was a major aspect of performing. “They like to see that you feel good out there despite any mess-ups,” | Morgan Toelle [11] said. Originality was also important. “If you think about it, the judges see hundreds of gymnasts performing the same skills over and over again so if you come in with a cool dance or even new skills they will really pay attention to you,” Brooke Landry [9] said. One of the biggest aspects of gymnastics was showmanship, or how the team presented itself to impress the judges. Miranda said, “We all wear our hair back neatly and out of our face. We have jerseys during processionals that we wear and bows to go in our hair. This year the whole team was very uniform which I think helped us.” Overall, the judges were fair and | accurate with scoring. However, from meet to meet, many factors affected the gymnasts’ score: who the judges were, how nervous each gymnast was, and how they performed. Morgan said, “Some judges come from coaching and some come from elite level judging. There’s always that one judge that my teammates and I are dreading because she’s so hard, but it doesn’t mean she isn’t fair!” There were ways for gymnasts to put the judges’ feedback to good use. Brooke said, “The good thing is that we do get our scoring sheets back so we can see what deductions we got, and then we can improve in those certain areas.”

19: so everyone thinks it’s easy.” In comparison to other sports, the judging differed. “When we’re judged, it’s based on opinion rather than a point system,” Devan Weismiller [12] said. Proving dance was just as difficult as any other sport wasn’t easy, but the dancers felt many would change their mind if they knew what it took. Shelby Stein [11] said, “I’d love to make other sports like football or basketball take classes with us so they can see how hard it is.” Taylor Pasquale [10] suggested coming, “to one of my four and a half hour classes and tell me how you feel afterwards.” | IF DANCE was compared to basketball in terms of how strenuous and challenging it was, most people would say basketball wins. From a dancer’s perspective, however, that answer would be the complete opposite. Being considered a club activity has taken a toll on the dance team. Where they practiced, how much money they received, and how much recognition they gained all differed greatly from other sports teams. There were many reasons why people didn’t consider dance as a sport. Molly McDonald [9] said, “We’re trained to make it look effortless

20: THE CHOREOGRAPHY of the dance, the movement of the flags, and the handling of the weapons meshed and united to form the number one Winter Guard team in the county. Though being on the team was difficult overall, certain parts were more demanding than others. “I think the hardest positions are rifle and saber (the weapons) because they require so much extra practice time, said Charlotte Hill [10]. “I think saber and rifle are the hardest, but it depends on who uses them. Saber is more technique while rifle is muscle,” said Austin Khov [10]. The team was set up to assist students in learning, meeting them where they were at, experience and skill-wise. | Johnathan Maza [12] said, “Everybody has a part in the show [when] they are on flag. Rifle and sabers are more specialized and we auditioned to be on these lines.” One thing Guard excelled in was working as a unit. Through working separately in different sections and connecting those sections to form a unit, the Winter Guard advanced two classes (divisions) throughout their season. Vivian Tan [9] said, “If [the sections] are combined in the right way, there’s an amazing show.” Johnathan said, “ Winter Guard is called the ‘Sport of the Arts.’ It requires you to be perfect, and I think we did a really good job at conveying that.”

21: FROM LONG, sleepless nights finishing homework and studying for SAT’s to afterschool sports and jobs, the lives of juniors could have been described in one word: cramped. As students found it harder and harder to make time for their social lives, their free time became more and more valuable. Several juniors received their licenses which made it easier for them to maximize their time. Some juniors grabbed coffee with friends before school. “[Starbucks] is a relaxing | place that calms me before my day where I can sit down and talk with friends,” said Asia Thompson [11]. Others cherished their after school trips to McDonalds. “We get a moment with friends. It’s nice to have a place to sit down and talk outside of school,” said Stephen Sonon [11]. Ultimately, students have found that these before and after school hang-outs were a break from their busy schedules and a way for them to keep their social life intact.

22: Deal with it. Because I said so. That's how it is. Figure it out. Get over it. Like it or not. These phrases are etched into our teenage DNA. We have restrictions, but we long to do our own thing. So, we push those boundaries and fit what we love to do in with what we have to do. You're stuck in AP World, and after reading three chapters on ancient Arabs, you're ready to give up--but something motivates you to push forward. ANd, like it or not, you conquer that exam with a 5. Your team is wrapped up in revenge and attitude, and you're sick of all the high school drama--until the focus becomes the game, and, like it or not, every time you master that play, cut that time, or score that point you remember what really matters. You join your foreign language club to put it on a college recommendation--until you realize how much you love the culture and the history, and, like it or not, these people are awesome.

23: It's also the flip side, the edge. The crumbling of the stereotype, the understanding of a new perspective. You're on the football team, but you've always longed to play the piano. You never wear make-up to school, but you turn heads at homecoming. You tell everyone that you've been dying to graduate, but secretly, you've found your niche in high school and a part of you doesn't want to leave just yet. You're proud of the mark you've made here, because, like it or not, you're a member of Freedom High School. That's your name on the record wall in the gym, those are your handprints on the early childhood wall, that's your photo in the playbill. Like it or not, you've changed Freedom, Freedom's changed you.

24: I've got pride. This is who I am. Cause I want to. It defines me. It's about me. When your football team all jumps on top of each other after a record-setting win, you've got pride. You're a complete Anime freakl and own 2500 collectors cards, but this is who you are. You have a ball pit in your room cause you want to. The two-and-a-half hours you spend perfecting your composed piano piece defines you. It's senior night and you're starting your final game of your high school career, tonight's about you. Like it. It's what we do; it's what we wear on our sleeves. It's what everyone knows us for. We swing our keys around our fingers when we get our first car. We write our favorite football player's number on our cheeks before the home game against Briar Woods. We chant "To Sit in Solemn SIlence..." with focused enthusiasm to prep ourselves for when the curtain opens at the start of every show. We shout out answers to Harry Potter Trivia in an abandoned classroom on Wednesday afternoons. We heatedly prove our point in block-long Socratic seminars about 1984. We're passionate about it. We want everyone to know about it. And we like it.

25: I've got drive. This is who I've become. Cause I need to. It inspires me. It's a part of me. When you show up for next season's conditioning after being out at Varsity Basketball tryouts, you've got drive. After taking the blame for a lab partner's mistakes when in the past you would have pointed a finger, you realize that this is who you've become. When you hear about a peer's endeavors to change the poor water conditions in Haiti, it inspires you. Those 11 months you spent in Chemotherapy treatments before you beat the cancer for good have become a part of you. "Or not." It's defying our expectations. It's what lies underneath the surface. It's when we do a double take. We flip out when we see the shyest girl in our class hip-hop dancing at the pep rally. We break into tears of joy when we realize our friends are uninjured right after our first car crash. We pause and listen to the Japanese Taikio Club's rehearsal in the Fine Arts wing, marveling at the intense sound that they create. We pull with every ounce of strength we have in the tug-of-war competition, even though we're freshman and up against the seniors. We stop for a moment to chat with our Hope buddy, and the conversation that follows becomes the most inspiring one of the week. We could just survive in the ordinary, caught up in the mundane tasks of today...or not.

26: (Deal with it.) I did more than that--I made it. (Because I said so.) No, because I did so. (That's how it is.) I made it that way. (FIgure it out.) I am the solution. (Get over it.) No, I want to change it. And I will--Like it or not. We came into this year facing a multitude of challenges. Because of overcrowding, freshmen had to spend half of their first year of high school at the annex. We had to push ourselves even harder to conquer the unfamiliar difficulty of AAA athletics. A new grading system tampered with the way we think about testing--suddenly "NTYs" and "I'm doing the retake" became a normal part of the academic lingo. We skimmed through chapter after chapter of AP work, swamped ourselves in SAT vocabulary, sharpened our skills until we could sleepwalk our way through practices--and all winter, we didn't get a single snow day to catch up on sleep.

27: And yet, the normal culture of high school persevered. Panera remained packed all of midterms week. Twitter, Draw Something, Facebook, and YouTube provided for adequate weapons of mass distraction. The Hunger Games fever swept through at the beginning of spring. The semi-annual blood drive in October broke the school record for the most blood donated. Mr. Glenn Fidler and Dean Victor Powell's round table discussions turned us into philosophers for an afternoon. Bria Toussaint's, 12, story about GRL PWR inspired and touched us. THe community came together to support the families of 3 house fires. In the end, this year wasn't about defining ourselves; we know who we are. It was about proving ourselves to everyone else. And 179 days, 1,208 hours, 73,032 minutes and 4,381,920 seconds later, we can say that we did--like it or not.

28: Whether they joined track to add another check mark on their college applications or simply because they had a passion for running, members of the girls and boys track team soon realized that track was much more than just a physical commitment--it was a mental commitment as well. The track members developed strong bonds with each other through their team pasta nights and a comradery about what they have to go through. Though this has proved harder for the boys, "There's always been a close-knit team unity," said Boys Coach Jarell Warthen. "And trust grows as the | season grows." However, the girls had no trouble jumping into their "Sister" program. Each week, "Sisters" were expected to anonymously decorate each other's lockers and reveal clues as to who they were. While some tried to stay serious with inspirational quotes, others, like Siobhan O'Toole, 10, used quirky, hard-to-guess clues, such as, "I typically use Crest toothpaste, I run, and I like potatoes." These activities helped solidify the main idea, which was that, "Sisters aren't just for a week," Asia Brown, 12, said, "They are forever."

29: Waking up at 5 am to commence Operation One-One prank. Buying thousands of Solo cups. Filling those Solo cups with water to blockade the front doors and the academic hallways. making hundreds of water balloons and loading them into Kim Koditek's [12] truck. Using those water balloons to pelt at unsuspecting | underclassmen. Wheeling ping-pong tables out front.Setting up games of water-pong on top of those ping-pong tables. Driving cars up onto the curb. Blasting music from those cars to create a tailgating atmosphere. Having a dance party on the last day of school. Senior Prank 2011--operation successful.

30: Mods

31: gymnastics dance people people seniors passion colophon | 32 33 33-35 36 36-37 38-39 39

40: Layouts

41: gymnastics dance/color guard index end sheet title page opening like it divider passion or not divider reference colophon closing | 42 43 44 45 46 47-48 49 50 51 52 53 54-55

56: Spreads

57: gymnastics dance/color guard people senior spread title page opening like it divider passion or not divider communication reference colophon closing | 58 59 60-65 66 67 68-69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76-77

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