Trevia faces unprecedented challenge: capturing the life of the student body remotely

Despite pandemic, yearbook is hard at work on their 40th volume



Yearbook staff are hard at work creating the 40th edition of Trevia, despite challenges of remote learning

Over the course of the next year, the four editors and fifteen members of the school’s yearbook, Trevia, will dedicate themselves to creating its 2021 edition.

Though last year’s quarantine and remote learning brought about a similar circumstance, this year’s creation process could cause even more difficulties.

One of the challenges, as expected in the environment of remote learning, is the lack of collaboration and in-person contact.

Kevin Bond, the sponsor of the yearbook, said the staff  misses “working on deadlines and ordering pizza and hanging out.”

“Part of the reward of it is working closely in person with other people on it, and of course that has a little bit of a different feel when we’re all on Zoom,” said Bond.

The editors are working twice as hard this  year compared to non-pandemic years, according to Bond.

Club members foresee the difficulty of having to make up for lost content since the usual page-filling events like school dances, school spirit events, and other activities have been canceled or postponed.

However, Bond doesn’t envision the yearbook being significantly smaller compared to past editions.

The editors and the staff have already begun brainstorming and weighing possible material and topics for the 2021 yearbook, though they’re only in the formatting phase of the process.

The editor-in-chief of the yearbook, senior Amanda Hutson, outlined some contending ideas for this year’s edition. 

According to Hutson, much of this year’s book will be “focusing on the differences between this year and last year.”

The book will include writings, quotes, and images about the students’ response to remote learning, the differently-structured theatre productions, athletics, and more.

And unlike past years, the yearbook staff will be reliant on the student body for content.

“We’re hoping that once we get it set up, students can submit photos of whatever we ask them for,” said Hutson.

Hutson hopes to make this idea accessible to all students.

“We’ll probably [send] a mass email to all students,” she explained, “just to let them know that it’s an option if they want to submit photos.”

The yearbook staff will also be conducting surveys and student interviews in order to display the voices of students in this year’s yearbook.

Nonetheless, it’s only the beginning of the year.

“We’re still planning out the yearbook, still designing it, and figuring out where things go,” said  junior and co-editor Hannah Jiang.

Like the rest of the school’s classes and extracurriculars, the yearbook club has adapted to the COVID pandemic’s circumstances. They meet 9th period and during their after-school club time as well, both of which are remote at this time.

They use a computer program called HJ eDesign for the formatting of the yearbook. Fortunately, most of the staff members have computers and in turn, can easily work on the yearbook remotely.

If someone does not have access to the computer program, the editors will organize the spreads for those staff  members who will then add in the writing and send in the pictures, said Jiang.

Despite the challenges created by the pandemic, the yearbook staff is in full swing. According to Jiang, the student body should prepare for a unique and intriguing  yearbook for Trevia’s 40th edition. 

“I should say I’m feeling pretty good about it,” said Jiang, “because we have a pretty cool theme which definitely fits this year.”

The 2021 yearbook is available for purchase on the school’s website through Dec. 15.