1. 2. 3. Smile! Okay, next. These six words, repeated multiple times over, essentially describe the process of taking a yearbook photo. In the span of around fifteen seconds, the picture that people will use to remember their classmates years into the future, is taken. Such a daunting thought causes students to worry what if my hair looks weird? or God-forbid, what if I have a pimple?! But really, when people look back at the ISM Kawayan yearbook in the years to come, they are more likely to laugh fondly at the memories of bad hair days and pimples than ridicule them. Rather than a judgement book of high school appearances, as senior Joy Yuen states, the school yearbook, “is a collection of memories that make up the entire school year.”

To many, the Kawayan simply acts as a collection of pictures, but to others, such as senior Michael Bell, “the signing at the end from my friends” holds the most sentimental value. Whether it is a stick figure drawing that completely defines your friendship or a full page tear-jerking dedication, there is something heartfelt about knowing that people took the time to be so nostalgic about you.

As the Kawayan Arts Director, Joy believes that, “this book that so many students put their greatest effort in, not only holds the memories of each batch but also reflects the student body as a whole.” Being a senior myself, I have come to value the hardbound books, colored with the endearing themes of the past, in the same way that I have valued IB Bio-Ninja three days before a Biology test.

Indeed, in fifty years, after we have (hopefully) graduated from college, and seen our (potential) children through high school, Kawayan will give us the chance to bring back forgotten memories of some of the most colorful years of our lives.

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