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OVCTC Yearbook Class makes history, and it took a village

YearbookThe yearbook class at OVCTC had an ambitious goal this year to gift every senior at their school a yearbook for free. With 146 seniors, this goal would cost $4200, even at the lowest cost it takes to produce the books.
Yearbook teacher, Angela McGraw emphasized, “We were really committed to this goal. When we realized what a small percentage of our students actually order yearbooks, we wanted to change that. Senior year is so expensive, with graduation costs, prom, etc., we hated to add one more thing, but pictures and memories are something to treasure.”
The yearbook class, composed of 13 seniors, stepped up and changed things. Seniors would get yearbooks for free, and juniors would only pay what it cost the school to buy them ($25). The students wrote an article describing their goal for the newspaper, and McGraw and two students, Kylee Applegate and Mary Lechner, were also featured on C103, where they spoke with radio personality Matt Hilderbrand for an hour.
They didn’t just talk about the yearbook, they talked about all the programs offered at the CTC, their own achievements and goals, and how involved their school is in the community. McGraw added, “Matt was great, we actually enjoyed the experience so much we forgot to be nervous.”
Realizing that their goal was still too far away, the students decided to ask for community sponsors who would simply donate a yearbook for a senior at $25. “We were really impressed with the response,” McGraw said. “I had several community members who were quick to volunteer and told me that they really wanted to do this because they, themselves, had never owned a school yearbook. That really touched my heart. Those were the exact words that got us into this adventure in the first place; two students working in yearbook class said, ‘I’ve never owned a yearbook.’ We wanted to change that.”
Through selling ads to local businesses, special dedication pages, and the last important link- the community sponsors, the school was able to gift each senior a yearbook at the end of their year. “A yearbook they are proud of,” McGraw said. “You won’t find the words ‘not pictured’ anywhere in it. Everyone is pictured. We took our own pictures of anyone missing or anyone whose picture had turned out less than what they wanted. The kids worked hard and deserve to be proud.”
After meeting their production deadline, the yearbook class looked toward their last celebration, their Senior Cookout. Like every year, the teachers and students brought in cookout items. Then, unlike other years, the school asked the community if they would like to help. They were again met with a positive response.
Walmart provided the school with a congratulations sheet cake and a gift card for cookout supplies, Frisch’s and Dollar General provided all the paper products needed, and Mikey’s Family Restaurant donated hot dogs and potato salad. The cookout was so successful, the seniors were able to pass along over 100 cans of pop, many unopened food items, as well as paper products and $22 in cash to the junior’s celebration event which was next.
“The students won’t forget this kind of thing,” McGraw says. “It’s really important. They saw that they were supported and cared about by our community. These positive lessons can go a long way in shaping their attitudes and their future. I was really proud of our community.”
A big shout-out goes to the following sponsors who helped the class make their dream a reality: Mary and Brent Harper, Hayslip’s Logging, Hayslip’s Auto, Steve White, Jason Vesey, Becky Foster, Faith Chamblin, Brianne Lee, Tracey Shupert, Sandy Grooms/Silver Scissors (4), Angela McGraw, W.U. Electric and Plumbing (2), Snappy’s Tomato Pizza in WU (2), Mt. Orab Chrysler, Mt. Orab Dodge, Mt. Orab Ram, Mt. Orab Jeep, H&R Block in WU, The Spine Center in WU (2), Jessica Roush, Elaine Lafferty, North Adams Teacher (Anonymous), Darlene Carr, John Mark Evans, Kelly Boerger/North Adams Beta Club, Greg and  Christel Young, MidWest Dream Center (4), Shirley Lacy, Prather’s IGA (2), Buckeye Confections, and Dollie Willis.

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