The Duncan Banner

November 10, 2013

Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’

Smoke Rings wins 2nd state Sweepstakes

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Deadlines, staff meetings and presentations are only a few of the reasons the Duncan High School Smoke Rings yearbook staff were awarded with Sweepstakes for the second consecutive year.

This year’s yearbook “Smoke Rings” and newspaper “Demon Pitchfork” staff attended Fall Media Monday, hosted by Oklahoma Scholastic Media, on Nov. 4 at the University of Oklahoma. Staff members had their choice of various sessions to attend throughout the first part of the day, then awards were announced for the 2012-13 yearbooks.

Overall, Smoke Rings received 21 awards including the highest award of Sweepstakes for Division 2 in Oklahoma.

“It was amazing,” said Kayla Willett, editor-in-chief and former assistant editor. “We know we’re good, but this lets us know other people think we’re good.”

As a group, they earned first in Headline Design.

As a senior, this is Willett’s fourth and final year on the Smoke Rings staff. She said she plans on making it a good one.

“This year’s book is going to be awesome,” she said. “It’s a step up from last year’s.”

Many on the staff echo those goals and feelings. Being on the yearbook staff means a lot of hard work but just as much fun. Through the meetings and pressure of deadlines, when your product is held in high esteem there’s no better feeling, they said.

“It feels really good,” said Jake Newton, senior and business manager. “This sounds cliché but it makes you feel like all your hard work has paid off.”

Working as a team, making each other accountable for responsibilities and meeting deadlines are key to Smoke Rings success, said yearbook advisor Lisa Snider.

“The majority of the staff put in a really good effort,” said senior Chelsea Reed, photo editor and former sports editor. “It’s not just one person, everyone pitches in.”

In addition to the awards for the yearbook, last year’s editor-in-chief Sarah Kafer was named Yearbook Editor of the Year, chosen over all other editors in the state.

“She was nominated by the staff who wrote a letter which talked about her positive attitude and how she was helpful with everyone,” said Snider.

Though Kafer could not attend the award ceremony, the staff called her on their trip home. Snider said Kafer was really excited and honored to have been given the award.

Taking what they learned in their sessions and looking at judge’s comments, this year’s staff is looking to another Sweepstakes year.

“I would love to reach or surpass what we did last year,” said Rachel Whitt, sports editor.