Kate Messam announced as new Editor-in-Chief of 2019-2020 yearbook staff

BY EMILY KURTZ

Wadsworth High School’s student body waited in anticipation to hear their new yearbook staff be announced at the fine arts assembly on May 2, 2019. 11 returning members, 13 brand new and a new Editor-in-Chief were all revealed to the student body.

Kate Messam (right) works with Rachel Kellner on editing the final draft of the 2019 yearbook. Photo by Yearbook staff

The Editor-in-Chief for the 2019-2020 yearbook is Kate Messam, and she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to hold the position.

“I’ve wanted to be the Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook since sophomore year, so I’m extremely excited,” Messam said.

Messam has plenty of future plans for the rest of the yearbook team as she becomes Editor-in-Chief. With a giant new staff also comes big changes to the yearbook itself, which Messam has also taken into consideration to plan.

“Next year is our 100 year anniversary of The Whisperer and we are going to incorporate the past yearbooks into next year’s. We haven’t talked a lot about the theme for next year, but I want to try to have an art deco theme,” said Messam.

Messam is also very excited to be working with the rest of the new staff members and knows they are ready to take on the large task ahead of them as she steps into the new the leadership position. Leah McNutt, the 2018-2019 school year Editor-in-Chief, completely trusts Messam to take on her job well once she leaves.

“I am so excited that Kate got the chief position,” McNutt said, “I have been watching her all year become a great leader and I have no worries about passing the chief role on to her.”

For this year’s yearbook, McNutt wanted to keep a consistent theme revolving around a notebook and polaroids throughout the entire book. She believes that this was definitely accomplished with all of the hard work that the staff included.

“I have to give credit to my whole staff because they listen to Anna Callow and I and made sure they followed the theme in each of their pages,” McNutt said.

One thing that has puzzled many students for years is the release time of the yearbooks. When someone orders a yearbook, they will not actually receive it until the beginning of the next school year. McNutt had an explanation for that on the ready.

“They are handed out next year because how the yearbook works is we do a full year book, if we wanted to pass out the books in May then we would only be able to cover the first half of the year,” said McNutt. “With the release date being in the fall we can cover everything up to graduation.”

With many new staff members joining, the rest of the school waits patiently to see their progress throughout the next year. McNutt hopes that they stay on task and use their time in class wisely, she believes in them and Messam to make the next yearbook great.

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