Final page submissions for the 2020 yearbook were due on March 16. The entire school closed down on March 13.
“We were so fortunate to have had that last yearbook marathon the week before to take any final missing pictures,” said Mrs. Dyck, advisor. “If we had closed one week earlier, we would have missed capturing so many events. I spent those last few days proofreading and checking, so in the end, we came out okay.”
Other schools sadly didn’t fare so well, as their deadlines were later in the month. Jostens was still printing yearbooks for many schools throughout most of the summer.
FBTA held a virtual yearbook dedication and distribution event on May 28 in conjunction with the end-of-year award ceremony. Prior to presenting the 15-minute year-in-review video, editors Haston, Alyssa, and Liza, seniors, read the senior goodbye and dedication, announcing that Mrs. Castilla was our 2020 yearbook dedicatee.
Due to some careful planning by Mr. Bradford and the staff, Mrs. Castilla was in attendance and was able to accept her yearbook in person. Her family had been let in on the secret and was watching via live stream.
For the second year in a row, the yearbook team earned the Jostens National Program of Excellence Award, which is not an easy task to achieve. Jostens prints over 15K separate books, and there are only 350 schools who receive this award. Our school receives a banner and plaque to signify excellent yearbook coverage, meeting deadlines, and holding an exciting distribution event, even though it was a little different this year.