2021 Caught Our Eye

These outstanding 2021 spreads, images, graphics and more will make you stop and take a second look. Your next yearbook idea is waiting here.

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  • 2021 TalonHighland High SchoolGilbert, Arizona

      Theme: "TBD"
      Adviser: Laura Hardy
      Editors: Matthew Heidenblut, Brooke Hester
      Walsworth representative: Shannon Williams

      TBD. To be determined. The Talon staff picked a perfect theme phrase to embody the 2021 school year. Everything about the year was an unknown, with sports practices and games, in-person classes, music and theatre productions and more just stuck on pause. The staff’s color and font choices are pulled throughout the book, creating a look and feel that says to the reader, “Yes – things might be up in the air, but we’re still in this together.” It is lighthearted while also acknowledging the reality of the experience that was 2020-2021.

      — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

    1. 2021 Wah Kon-TahWestlake High SchoolWestlake Village, California

        Theme: "Like No Other"
        Adviser: Roger Biersborn
        Editors: Jessica Niel, Oliva Sanner, Ryanna Woolf
        Walsworth representatives: Monica Loera, Carlos Giron

        The uncertainty of COVID-19 meant many activities, events and simple in-person learning were all up in the air. The Wah’ Kon-Tah staff covered plenty of events, but they also made use of profiles to increase their coverage of individual students. Profiles should be a standard storytelling item in any yearbook, and the number of students covered here showed great content problem solving for 2021.

        — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

      1. 2021 Les MemoiresGrover Cleveland Charter High SchoolReseda, California

          Theme: "Dare to Be"
          Adviser: Ellen Yuen
          Editors: Stephanie Candido, Karen Ventura
          Walsworth representative: Erin Stoskopf

          Group pictures for the 2021 school year were always going to be a big question mark. Can we take group photos? Should we just list out names? What about Photoshop? The staff of the Les Mémoires took inspiration from the nature of online school and created group pictures in the style of a Zoom call. This layout proved easy to identify students, and they also made sure to include a brief description of each club.

          — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

        1. 2021 The AntlerElkhorn High SchoolElkhorn, Nebraska

            Theme: "This is It"
            Adviser: Dianne Schieffer
            Editors: Abby Brune, Anna Forscheiser
            Walsworth representatives: Greg Adams, Cassi Helleberg

            Like monthly coverage, The Antler staff from Elkhorn High School covered their school year week-to-week, a creative solution in a COVID-19 world. The weekly coverage could allow them to make quick decisions about what to cover on each spread. The modular designs packed in plenty of content. Additionally, individual sports spreads and some showstoppers break up the weekly spreads, making for an engaging book experience.

            — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

          1. 2021 The BrahmanOkeechobee High SchoolOkeechobee, Florida

              Theme: "How We Are"
              Adviser: Carey Pung
              Editors: Gianna Immerfall, Maddox Quinlin
              Walsworth representative: Veronika Levine - CJE

              Online learning allowed teachers to implement several digital learning tools and experiences that for the longest time were seen as just extras or decoration for education. Bitmojis were one of those things, but seeing teachers use them in Canvas, Google Classroom, classroom notes home to parents and more was a personal connection that many families needed this year. The Brahman staff paid attention to this unique moment with their teachers and made sure to document it in the 2021 yearbook.

              — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

            1. 2021 The PrintCommunity Christian SchoolNorman, Oklahoma

                Theme: "Moments"
                Adviser: Chelsea Davis
                Editors: Jessi Cortez, Jadyn Waddle
                Walsworth representative: Casey Gammon

                Gatefolds can be a great way to showcase photography, photo illustration ideas and many different students and experiences. The Print yearbook staff made good use of their gatefold by including small snippets of 33 different classes. These short captions included with a photo provide a quick look at so many different things that students could potentially be involved in and learning.

                — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

              1. 2021 The PrintCommunity Christian SchoolNorman, Oklahoma

                  Theme: "Moments"
                  Adviser: Chelsea Davis
                  Editors: Jessi Cortez, Jadyn Waddle
                  Walsworth representative: Casey Gammon

                  Gatefolds can be a great way to showcase photography, photo illustration ideas and many different students and experiences. The Print yearbook staff made good use of their gatefold by including small snippets of 33 different classes. These short captions included with a photo provide a quick look at so many different things that students could potentially be involved in and learning.

                  — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                1. 2021 WingsArrowhead Christian AcademyRedlands, California

                    Theme: "idk"
                    Adviser: Morgan Hydinger
                    Editors: Frankie Basirico, Kevin Santos
                    Walsworth representatives: Monica Loera, Carlos Giron

                    The staff of Wings from ACA really showed how a yearbook can take inspiration from editorial magazine layout to create a unique and fresh yearbook experience. The layering of photos, type and design texture feel contemporary and professional while covering topics such as graduation during COVID-19, California wildfires, American Sign Language and the Christmas Assembly. If there was ever a time to experiment with the look of the yearbook, 2021 was it.

                    — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                  1. 2021 TalismanSaratoga High SchoolSaratoga, California

                      Theme: "Still Life"
                      Adviser: Mike Tyler
                      Editors: Jason Chin, Wilson Fung, Tiffany Huang, Amy Zhang
                      Walsworth representatives: Natalie Maharaj, Nicole Gravlin

                      Illustrated graphics have been incredibly popular in the last five or so years. The Talisman staff utilized simple graphic drawings as well as intricate line work to create spread designs that readers could easily work their way through, following the line work to specific pieces of coverage. The simple drawings added visual interest when getting photo cutouts might have been difficult due to COVID. They also work as a thematic element in the “Still Life” theme, as these small drawings are a still life of what students did
                      and experienced.

                      — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                    1. 2021 The MadisonianMadison High SchoolRexburg, Idaho

                        Theme: "Same but Different"
                        Adviser: Nicole Stanford
                        Editors: Hannah Brugger, Kylie Jones, Marley McNair, Brooke’lynn Niederer, Emma Sutherland
                        Walsworth representatives: Jake Lee, Audrey Nelson

                        The Madisonian staff worked to incorporate their theme, “Same but Different,” into their headline writing throughout their book. This allowed them to explore some interesting thematic coverage, and one standout was their coverage of one classroom desk and the various students who sat there throughout the day. The same desk but different students was a great thematic coverage idea that also showed how their school conducted school in person.

                        — Written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                      1. 2021 The PrideCovenant Day SchoolMatthews, North Carolina

                          Theme: "From a Different Angle"
                          Adviser: Robi Rego
                          Editors: Madeline Fraece, Lauren Harding
                          Walsworth representative: Carolyn Henderson - CJE

                          The staff of The Pride at Covenant Day School approached their yearbook coverage by using seasons to divide the book. This isn’t a new idea, and it’s one that many schools used for the 2021 yearbook because of COVID-19. However, The Pride chose to drop additional sections between each season, with lower school coverage between fall and winter, middle school coverage between winter and spring, and high school coverage to close out the book. As a K-12 school, they could easily do this — but it would also be interesting for any school doing seasonal coverage to break the seasons up with a different section and try something new.

                          — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                        1. 2021 SigmaEastern Lebanon County High SchoolMyerstown, Pennsylvania

                            Theme: "Phases"
                            Adviser: Jon Bickel
                            Editors: Lucy Bickel, Alec Hartzell, Georgia Martin, Emily Ulrich
                            Walsworth representative: Stephanie Streicher

                            Gradients have made a comeback in the last five years, and the use of pastel or lighter colors in subtle gradients has been a popular design treatment for many yearbooks. The staff of Sigma made good use of a beautiful light blue and light green gradient duotone over an image of their school building to make a striking cover. The inside of the book continues using gradients and light pastel colors, resulting in a cohesive look throughout the book.

                            — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School

                          1. 2021 The RaiderRider High SchoolWichita Falls, Texas

                              Theme: "Still the One"
                              Adviser: Zach Duncan
                              Editor: Aleigha Martin
                              Walsworth representative: Allison Miller

                              The photo staff of The Raider yearbook did a phenomenal job of documenting the unique moments that COVID-19 presented with some beautiful photographs. Football players drinking out of a multiple-spigot water fountain, a teacher in front of her classroom with a face shield and masked athletic trainers standing for the national anthem before a football game are just a few of the memories they recorded. Many of these moments are captured in other books, but the photojournalists at S. H. Rider demonstrated elevated knowledge and skill through their visual storytelling.

                              — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South

                            1. 2021 Hampton YearbookHampton High SchoolHampton, Georgia

                                Theme: "But... Let's Face It"
                                Adviser: Rachel St. Claire
                                Editors: Abygail Escalera, Michael Floyd, Bella Gordillo, Lauren McMullan, Chuks Nwaokolo, Madilyn Scroggs
                                Walsworth representative: Kris Killough - CJE

                                Layered type is everywhere in the yearbook world. Hampton High School’s yearbook staff created a bright and bold type treatment for their yearbook, layering outlined type over filled type and creating a shadow effect with white and burgundy colors. The combination makes for a bold yet inviting visual look that many high school students would likely enjoy.

                                — written by Tucker Love, yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission South High School