the pines 2019 is expected to arrive the first week of may! there will be a very limited number of extra books available for $60.00 each.

Thomasville High School Receives Honorable Mention in Lifetouch Yearbook Contest

     The Thomasville High School yearbook staff received honorable mention in the 2018 Lifetouch Yearbook Showcase Contest.

     The Pines has been published for 100 consecutive years, so the staff chose to go with a vintage theme for the Centennial Edition of the yearbook. Through research at Thomas County Public Library’s Heritage Room’s collection of local yearbook, the staff selected and featured photographs to represent the organizational and athletic traditions at THS over the course of a century. Yearbooks in the contest were evaluated on the following criteria: theme/theme development, design, continuity, photography, writing, creativity, content, and coverage.

     “The book reflects hours of hard work by staffs and advisers,” said Laura Schaub, Lifetouch Yearbook Education Specialist and contest coordinator. “These books are some of the best elementary and secondary books in the nation.”

     THS yearbook advisor Desirée Celaya knows first-hand how much detail, care, and creativity goes into producing a quality yearbook. “I tell the students that it is huge responsibility to be tasked with: choosing photos ad events that their classmates will remember because of their placement in the yearbook,” said Celaya. “The staff members take their responsibility seriously and are currently working very hard on the 101st volume of The Pines.

     Thomasville High School journalism students take active roles to author and construct the highly-anticipated 101st volume of The Pines yearbook.
     Under the direction of Desirée Celaya, students learn proficiency in writing articles and designing page layouts.
     “Students start off with the process of newswriting and continue into the year by developing strong organizational and proofreading skills,” said Celaya.
     By going step by step, from researching “news beats” to find newsworthy topics, to interviewing people and drafting the articles; students are preparing content to be later added to their end of year goal: the yearbook.
Before starting the school year, students sign up for the fifth period elective class and submit an application to be reviewed for consideration for the upcoming year.
     “I like the concept of the class and the fact that any ideas I have to contribute to the yearbook are strongly considered by the class,” said second year staff member, Jamiya Coleman.
     Along with the writing aspect of the class, students learn the art of photography and power of photojournalism by capturing all the memorable moments of the school year.
     “While being in yearbook I have developed a love for taking pictures,” said Coleman.
     The theme of this year’s 101st volume of the yearbook will be an “introductory course” in all that is Thomasville High School, The Pines 101. A forward-focused approach will be taken to create a dramatic contrast from the historic, vintage theme of the 100th volume of The Pines.
     “The theme is a nice departure from the traditional theme of last year, and the kids like the feel of the modern, sleek look,” said Celaya.
     During the month of September students took a field trip to Columbus, Georgia, to meet with Lifetouch officials and learn skills to improve the yearbook.
     “I wanted to increase my journalistic skills and be in an environment where I learn with my classmates,” said Kianna Ross.
     The students considered the impact that a yearbook has for years to come when they were asked by Ed McConnell, Lifetouch yearbook sales consultant, if anyone owned an 8-track player or had a MySpace account. Most of the kids giggled, while some even asked, “What is an 8-track player?” Then they were asked if any of them still owned a book. The answer was a resounding, “Yes!” He wanted to make the point that yearbooks last for years after their publication and aren’t as temporary as passing types of technology and media.
     “I realized how important the yearbook is because technology fades, but most everyone still has a yearbook,” said Veruanikka Newsome.
While at the workshop, they also learned learn new ways to ramp up the yearbook. Students got a chance to finalize cover art for the yearbook and work on expanding the theme chosen for this year with a professional graphic designer as they looked at their options in a real-time webinar, video-conferencing session. Professionals in photography and page layouts were also there to help students improve their skills. Before dismissal on the second day, students were able to put all the skills they learned during the conference into action, by practicing page layouts on the software program.
     “Students on the staff were also able to have fun and to bond on the field trip as we begin the huge task of putting together the 2019 yearbook,” said Celaya.
     “I went to expand my knowledge and techniques for yearbook and to get new ideas to take back to our local yearbook,” said Newsome.