Published June 5, 2014
By Devin Corbitt, News Editor
Students at Belton High School are taught the value of hard work, but each year the Yearbook staff takes those lessons a step further. Last year, their efforts paid off as they were recognized by their publishing company for a job well done.
The BHS Yearbook, The Lair, has been featured in the Balfour Publishing Company’s “Yearbook Yearbook,” a compilation of the best of all the yearbooks Balfour publishes from across the nation.
“It’s exciting for me, for the kids,” Yearbook Advisor Kathy Person said. “It’s the top yearbooks of all the yearbooks. There are a lot that get honorable mention – we’ve gotten honorable mention a lot of times – but we’ve only gotten in the book twice now, which the kids get excited about it. Taylor Balfour Publishing does thousands of yearbooks across the country, so there are a lot.”
Awards are announced in the spring of the following year, which seemed like a lifetime to the nine students on staff for the 2013 school year.
“I was hoping, and I was really excited when it did happen,” Editor Margueret Betbeze, a senior at BHS, said. “Yearbook is my life. I’ve done it since seventh grade, so to get a national honor, it makes it all worth it. I felt really honored because I put a lot of hard work into that book, specifically.”
Balfour Publishing chooses their awards in categories, such as theme development, covers or photography.
“When all the books are sent into the different plants where they print the books, the people in the plant will see something they like, and they tag it if it catches their eye,” Person said. “Then they go through those and pick the ones that they like the most.”
Of the thousands of pictures featured in yearbooks across the nation, Balfour chose a photo taken at a JV softball game by Betbeze.
“They let me into the dugout to take pictures, which doesn’t always happen, and so it made for better pictures,” Betbeze said. “I can’t remember exactly why they were so excited, but they were destroying the other team; I do remember that.”
The photo can be found on page 121 of the 2013 BHS yearbook.
“What they (the students) do is what they’re learning,” Person said. “It’s all their work; I’m just the Yearbook mom. I keep them on budget, and I’ll have final say on things, but it is their baby. I’m very proud and just thankful that people see their greatness.”
This year’s yearbook will be available in August. For more information, email Kathy Person at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are very proud of the work of our yearbook staff,” BHS Principal Chris duBois said. “They have dedicated countless hours to producing a wonderful collection of memories each year and putting a unique stamp on each book. Their recognition is well deserved. I have enjoyed working with this staff and congratulate them on this honor. We look forward to this year’s book receiving high honor as well.”