Douglas High students work on completing the yearbook. Photo: Sam Hodgson/New York Times
The New York Times has a touching story about the yearbook staff at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which faced the challenge of how to memorialize their last year of high school — and the murder of 17 of their classmates and teachers.
The Aerie will include the “regular markers of high school life: Football games. Club activities. The Sadie Hawkins dance.” It also will have a memorial page for each of the victims of the Feb. 14 killings.
Elizabeth (Stout) assigned herself the page for Carmen Schentrup, 16, who was killed a few feet away from her in their Advanced Placement psychology class. Kyra Parrow, a senior and also co-editor in chief and photo editor, knew another one of the victims, Joaquin Oliver, 17. Isabel Chequer, a 16-year-old junior and photographer, was herself injured, bullets grazing her arm and foot.
“As One” was chosen as the yearbook’s theme last year.
I was on my high school yearbook staff: I wrote about half the copy. I can’t imagine what it’s like for these kids.