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Richland H.S students celebrate award-wining yearbook

(Source: Mike Mohundro) (Source: Mike Mohundro)
ESSEX, MO (KFVS) -

Sunday, August 15 was a very special night for many students, staff and families at Richland High School in Essex, Missouri.

Their yearbook was finally released.

This was no ordinary yearbook, though. It's called "The Rebel." When you look inside you will see pages and pages of photos and great times over the last school yard. But the photos are amazing. Absolutely amazing!

In fact, the pictures were so good, they earned 45 state, national and international awards. 

And that's not all. Not by a long shot

Last year, they accumulated 26 awards for their yearbook.

That's 71 all together for just these two books

On Saturday night, August 14, a red carpet event was held ro celebrate the yearbook and to honor the students and staff that made

Dressed up in suits and dresses, students and staff proudly walked down the red carpet two-by-two. They stopped for a quick photo shoot before entering in the school building. 

During the photo shoot, students also paused to honor those who are battling cancer or that have died because of cancer.

As people entered the school building, the hall was lined with dozens and dozens of awards and thousands of photos the students took throughout the past school year.

Many stopped by to look at the astounding accomplishments these students were recognized for. Yearbook students reflected on the great times they had this past school year and the journey ahead.

"It's crazy. I loved every bit of it. I'm going to miss it," the Rebel Yearbook Retiring Editor-in-Chief Parker Miller said. "It's weird to think that I was a part of it all. To think that I helped the book win 70 awards. I go through here and look at all these awards and I'm proud of everybody."

There are too many awards to name, but the list goes on and on. Basically think of a hallway and you have awards lined up on display on both sides. Some students described some of their their favorite awards and moments throughout the years. 

"I grabbed a photo of Katie and I put it through photoshop," Rebel Yearbook Retired Production Coordinator Skie Pinkley said. "I did what's called dispersion which is that look thatyou get when something is blown away.""It's a combination of all the awards put together," Yearbook Editor-in- Chief Katie Pinkley said. "All state! I mean for basketball you want to go to state and be state champs but inthe journalist world, you want to get all state."

"The Quill and Scroll, my sweepstakes award. It is for my picture I took of Skyler Harper on the backboard cam," Miller said. "All the creativity, you have to have an open mind."

In the cafeteria students were honored with a special ceremony. A podium sat front stage with many parents and students listening to every word Richland Business Teacher and Advisor for "The Rebel" Kyle Carter had to say along with other speakers as well."These students do some amazing things everyday," Carter said. "I'm honored just to be their teacher."

Among those speakers were House of Representatives District Number 151 Tila Rowland Hubrehct. She presented a special recognition to Jim Dumont of Carbon, Illinois in his dedication to the company Jostens and being a yearbook representative and helping students preserve their stories in a more colorful and creative way."Just being able to spot the little bitty things and being able to record it and make that history," Carter added. "Then there's stuff like this (pointing to a picture of students gathering for fellow student Preston). It didn't make the book because we really didn't have a spot for it. To tell that story. A story about Preston and what those guys did."

After many stories were shared about the students successes and accomplishments throughout the years, students were inducted into the Quill and Scroll with a candlelight ceremony.

"Quill and Scroll is not only able to identify but it's able to give them an honor while they're still in high school," Carter said. As far as the yearbook is concerned, students and staff here say there is another feat they are extremely happy to accomplish. They paid off the book completely.

"Our club, the yearbook staff, was not in debt at all this year for the book," Skie Pinkley said. "The teachers, none of the staff, none of the advisors or administration remember a time that that has been done before."

Another thing students are proud of is they not only putting their hearts and photos in their yearbook, but other schools yearbooks also.

So if you are a student at another school, look at your yearbook a little closer. It might have their photos in your school yearbook.

"We have a couple photographers, Katie Pinkley, Parker Miller, well known high school journalist throughout the nation. They go shoot other school's games," Skie Pinkley said. "Just for fun basically. Just to get the practice and experience. And if that school likes some of their art, they put it in their book."

Skie Pinkley said they have pictures they took this last year in nine other yearbooks for area schools.

Many students said they had a lot of support from teachers, other students, friends and family. They said they couldn't have done it without them.

"We definitely have a great support system," Katie Pinkley said. "Parents and even parents of people that aren't even on staff come and help us with whatever we do."

While some are saying goodbye to the school, others are stepping into the yearbook class to keep the momentum going for years to come.

"They set the bar super high and I hope to surpass that bar," Freshman and Yearbook New Business Manager Allison Jones said. "I want to be well known all across the country for journalism and I feel like this is the organization club that I should be in if I want to do that in my future."

"We play sports but some of these kids, this is their sport. This is what they do," Carter added. "They want to be a journalist. They want to be able to go out and make a difference in the world and tell other people's stories. And that's what they do."

"Everyone has a story that you may not knew had a story," Jones said. "It is a significant story. It is a wonderful story and powerful story." "We know what we can do now. Like it's not a question," Katie Pinkley said. "I think we're going to try and definitely surpass what we've already done and try and make it even better."

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