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Yearbook staffs scramble to preserve school memories

“Without exaggerating, this is a yearbook for the ages."
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Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 16:18:11-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lena Conway says it’s sad to realize how much the coronavirus outbreak is effecting the school year.

But she is trying to see the positive.

“It’s like a wakeup call to say we should make the memories while we have them," said Conway.

The junior at Seminole High School is part of the yearbook staff and working to give her fellow students at least something to hold to, considering there are no springs sports, and prom and a graduation ceremony could be cut too.

“For prom, we just have a video, so I think what we are going to do for the video is interview people how the coronavirus has affected them and how they can’t go to the prom," said Conway.

Since empty classrooms and hallways don’t exactly make for great memories, yearbook staff are asking students to send in their own pictures.

“Like kids sheltering at home, online Zoom meetings or pictures of you sitting in your Florida room while you study," said Balfour Yearbooks senior representative Steve Ferguson.

Many yearbook staffs are already working on special coronavirus pages for the year in review section.

“Students are really embracing it they see the book as a piece of history and they are documenting it by making sure they get all the pictures that relate to it," said Ferguson.

Distributing the yearbooks is also a challenge, but options are being worked out like drive-thru pickup and a signing ceremony in the summer once the threat is gone.

“Without exaggerating, this is a yearbook for the ages, this is going to be one historic yearbook in a time in these student’s lives that they are going to remember," said Ferguson.