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It was a very good year(book)

Hancock editor's work getting national praise

Hancock editor's work getting national praise

November 03, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HANCOCK - Jessica Himes spent several hours a week working as the editor for her high school's yearbook, the Tonoloway, last year.

Now, Hancock Middle-Senior High School's yearbook has received attention as one of the best yearbooks in the country by Taylor Publishing Co.

Hancock's book is a semifinalist for the publishing company's Yearbook Yearbook, a compilation of the best yearbooks published each year. The company publishes more than 7,500 yearbooks a year, and only 15 percent are chosen as semifinalists, said Tonya Stafford, the school's yearbook advisor.

Himes, 18, worked on the yearbook staff for two years.

Stafford said she named Himes editor because of her dedication.

"She goes 150 percent beyond what you ask for," Stafford said.

The two spent four hours in the 95-degree heat of the school building two summers ago because they had to finish the graduation spreads, Stafford said.

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"I couldn't have asked for a better editor. She knew what to do, and she took it and ran with it," Stafford said.

Putting together the yearbook allowed Himes to put her love of photography to use.

"I like capturing moments. I like knowing the memories are there," Himes said.

Putting together a yearbook requires a lot of picture-taking, creativity, teamwork and working under pressure from deadlines, Himes said.

"Getting it to look just the way you want it," is the hardest part, she said.

Himes and the rest of the staff spent 10 hours a week in class working on the yearbook and time outside of class taking pictures of school events, she said.

The yearbook included grades 6 to 12.

As editor, Himes made sure assignments were completed on time. She also looked over each page's layout to make sure nothing was wrong.

Hancock students loved that so many pictures were in the yearbook, Himes said. Shots of sporting events, clubs, each of the different classes and everyday life in school all went in the yearbook, she said.

After she graduated in June, Himes stayed in the area to study graphic design at Hagerstown Business College.

Himes wanted to study photography, but couldn't find a school that taught photography close to home, she said.

The daughter of Lee Himes of Hancock and Donna Claiborne of Hagerstown started taking pictures when she was in seventh grade.

She started classes at HBC in July and plans to graduate in the fall of 2008.

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