by Lisa Tome
If you want your high school yearbook autographed fast, hand it to a boy.
If you want it signed thoroughly with a meaningful message, pass it to a girl.
Austin Granger and Matt Patrick say they are "best friends." Patrick signed Granger's yearbook with a mere six words "Dragon, Matt Patrick aka Night Hawk".
The girls worked harder to make their messages heartfelt. But they also kept in mind who might be seeing what they wrote.
"Will your parents look at this?," a girl asked her female classmate. Her classmate nodded. "I'll keep it PG13 then," the girl said.
Chandler Kammerer was preparing to sign classmate John Sheridan's yearbook. After much thought, Kammerer wrote "It's crazy to think this journey is coming to an end. I'm glad we've made some memories that won't be forgotten. I hope you the best after graduation ! Chandler."
Kyle Bryant and Natalie Moyer went to their senior prom together. They also sat side by side when yearbooks were distributed and signed each other's first.
Kyle to Natalie: "I'm not sure what to write. I would be surprised if you can even read this. LOL. You should remember who wrote this based on this handwriting. LOL. Kyle."
Natalie to Kyle: "Hey Kyle. We've spent four years annoying the heck out of each other and it's been awesome. Our adventures have included talking politics in Environmental Science and senior prom together. Thanks for always being my buddy, Natalie."
Rachel Ashbrook is the yearbook advisor for North East High School. For the first time, the school hosted a senior signing party. The event, held a week before graduation, was so seniors could spend time together in the school cafeteria mingling with fellow members of the Class of 2014 and signing the yearbooks.
Yearbooks cost $50-$65 each, depending when it was purchased. The yearbooks featured color photos and were 144 pages. Last year, NEHS sold 114 yearbooks. Sales increased to 227 sold this year.
"This year we worked to make it more affordable and create hype about the book," said Ashbrook. She also supplied Sharpie black markers to make it easier to sign.
"There is a lot of curiosity. The seniors are waiting to see the yearbooks," said Ashbrook. "This is their first experience with nostalgia and saying goodbye."
Brianna Hale got her first yearbook this year. "I bought it early. My parents paid for it. I'm anxious to see it," said Hale.
Robert Poore was anxious to receive his yearbook which his mother bought for him. Poore said he couldn't wait to look for pictures of himself.
Matthew Pugh was also looking for photos of himself. "Mom paid for it. I guess it's worth it," said Pugh.