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Yearbook Dallas Trip

Is everything bigger and better in Texas? Six yearbook students from Snohomish High headed to Dallas to find out. At the Yearbook and Journalism Convention, students learned techniques, ideas and inspiration to bring back home to their yearbook.

Due to a lot of fundraising the students only had to pay $200 and the students also got a traditional Texas dinner compliments of the school.

They stayed at the Omi Hotel and even though they were very busy the students still thought it was a “nice” and “beautiful” hotel.

The convention was packed with students from all over the country who went to sessions about photography, improving of writing skills, how to make correct quotes and where to put them plus tons of other journalistic skills.

The Snohomish students went to the sessions that would benefit their yearbook the most, which was classes on how to go interview people, how to get the best quotes, what stories to write and how to write them.

“I really felt we learned a lot from the sessions,” said senior Ashlie Munson. “It was really nice to get out of the classroom for once!”

The sessions were from 8am to 2pm Friday through Saturday and were held by professors and teachers from different schools.

“The teachers were very passionate about their sessions,” said senior Kaylee Simon, “which made it way more interesting to listen to.”

Besides from waking up early in the morning to go to sessions, the students also went on small trips around Dallas. The Balfour factory was one of them and students got the chance to see how their yearbook is composed. The students went through the factory and saw the transformation step by step with a detailed explanation.

“I liked watching all the pages going through the machinery,” said junior Nellie Booth about one of the last stops of their tour.

After Balfour, the bus was headed toward the Sixth Floor J. F. Kennedy Museum, which shows how he got shot and the story behind his assassination including stories about Kennedy himself and his life. The trip was paid for by the school and it was clearly worth it all for senior Morgan Johnson, who said she “learned a ton about his assassination and it just gave it a whole new outlook.” When they arrived to the museum they were given a pair of headphones and a little tablet for a guided audio tour about the young president.

The students also got to see the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District which embodies the Western heritage.

“It was really cool to see the old West,” said Johnson. “We got to shop a lot and the school gave a lovely dinner out at one of the restaurants in the town.”

The SHS students definitely had a “big” experience in Texas and came back better equipped to make this year’s yearbook.