As the new Yearbook Coordinator, Ms. Kelsey Cesar sheds light on her vision for Gilmour’s yearbook and its impact as a whole on the community, particularly the senior class.
With a degree in journalism, Ms. Cesar’s perspective proposes a fresh professional eye to the program. Indeed, her vision is clear, near and dear. Gilmour was her school once too, but today, those who have nurtured her talents early on and still teach are now family.
Circling Back Home
Life throws at us, living beings, great pains as well as beautiful moments. Tragically, Ms. Cesar lost both of her parents in the past two years. Amidst this profound pain, Gilmour re-opened its arms to her and brought back a feeling of familiarity, of love. Upon return, her fervent attitude has transpired through journalistic talents into a yearbook program.
Notably, Mr. Overman has become a particularly special family member in her heart. Ms. Cesar said, “Because of my work on the Lance with Mr. Overman, my love for journalism was ignited. I even ended up getting a degree in it. He’s one of the most enthusiastic people to be around. If you have a bad day, just talk to him, there’s no reason not to smile.”
The genuine care at Gilmour during her high school years has influenced her return to leave her mark.
AHEM. Senior’s Step UP!
I asked Mrs. Cesar what her exact vision was; excitedly, she claimed that student involvement is the goal. As a 2009 Gilmour graduate, Ms. Cesar knows what it’s like to be a senior that felt relatively voiceless in the Yearbook. As though her “mark,” was not as prominent as desired. She says Yearbook can be “such a fun cool adventure.” In other words, SENIORS! YES, SENIORS OF 2020, if YOU have a VISION, step up and be sure to join the Yearbook family, after all, the yearbook is for seniors.
Providing a Platform: A Yearbook is Forever
“Just to see them sitting in a room and all of their ideas hitting the air and coming together. I thrive off of that, to see all of the creativity flowing.” “ I want to provide students with a platform to express that creativity” -Ms. Cesar
Clearly articulated, Ms. Cesar expresses her hankering for elevating creativity. Her intention? Turning the yearbook into a program today, and into a habit tomorrow. It holds the sheer joy and triumphs of each class, especially of the graduating seniors. She herself admits that she had the opportunity to have her name in her yearbook. Cesar said, “I wish my name was in my yearbook as a photo editor or a story writer. I just want seniors to have something to brag about more or less forever.” Inspiring, truly.
Players on the Court Put the Points on the Board
“In terms of story writers, they’re the players on the court and were the coaches, Mr. Overman and I. The players are the ones that have to put the points on the board and which in this sense, is the pages and then the time outs are done by Mr. Overman and I, making sure everything meshes well.” -Ms Cesar.
Ultimately, Ms. Cesar wants the Yearbook program to transfigure into a more student lead classroom.
In regard to the aesthetic look of the yearbook itself, Ms. Cesar has no idea how it will result. Why? Because it’s in the hands of the students! Yes, you read correctly! Ms. Cesar articulated this best when she said: “this one that will be coming out, it will be created by the students. It is going to be REALLY COOL!”
Creativity calls for ample room to flourish, to bloom; thus, she hopes that students will increasingly voluntarily join to work on the Yearbook outside of the 30 minute period during community block.
“I definitely wish we had more than a half-hour with them.”
Her passion to fuel student involvement is almost palpable.
“I envy them because of what they get to take part in, but at the same time, I’m with them on it too. It has not been run like this at all, we’re all experiencing this whole new adventure together.” -Ms. Cesar
The yearbook is not a little project. Ms. Cesar’s hope and intent are for the seniors to take it away and that this year goes so well that the program continues growing in inclusivity come next year and the years after that. She recognizes that there will be students that do not participate, sit back and admire the work. Similarly, she recognizes the additions made by younger grades. All will be noted. In truth, as long as the book feels personal to the students, namely seniors, she knows her goal is being achieved.
“The yearbook is for the SENIORS, you want them to show it off.”
It’s All About the Relationships
“Even for the students who aren’t participating in it, they can be like ‘oh, that was my best friend that did this’ or like ‘oh, I knew her and she put together this page, this cover. Gilmour is a family. So many alumni come back and work here, myself included. It’s a great place to come back to, especially if you get the slightest bit lost in life. You can always come back here and regroup.” -Ms. Cesar.
Gilmour IS Inspiration
Gilmour lets you, “dip your toes in a little bit of everything.” – Ms. Cesar
As you all come to a close with this article, ask yourselves “have I taken advantage of this?” “Have I tried a little bit of everything available to me?” Once you can answer yes, or “more or so,” then Ms. Cesar’s goal to transform Gilmour’s yearbook program into a subunit of a lifestyle will be satisfied and hopefully, continuously growing. Remember, A yearbook is FOREVER.
Students can take the lead and make this year a year to never forget.