Article By: Ayla Ahmed
Where will you be in seventy years? Married? Retired? When you think back on your life, what will you remember most fondly? For the nostalgic many, it would be the crazy, hectic, yet empowering four years of high school. The years of good and bad memories, mistakes, lessons, heartbreaks, drama, laughter and most importantly, sheer joy. Most of these emotions are compacted into the awkward transition from teenage years to adulthood, but yet, through the yearbook, it is possible to keep all of these memories from fleeting.
Throughout the year, the Kawayan staff works diligently to create the yearbook each high school student treasures dearly. In fact, one of the Kawayan Editor-in-Chiefs senior Adelle Dimitui adds that “We have a large team of graphics designers and photographers who work year-round to take photos of people and events in the ISM community and incorporate these photos into incredibly artistic and creative spreads.” Year long, the Kawayan staff documents valuable school events and activities such as ICARE, IASAS, Filipiniana and many more. Other Editor-in-Chief senior Christina Park tells Bamboo Telegraph, “Our school yearbook team is something unparalleled to those of any other schools. You never see any other yearbooks with such an artistic touch to it. Each page is a meaningful component of the yearbook.” Park emphasizes that although work for it may be heavy and sometimes stressful, the yearbook is something that ISM takes great pride in.
The very fact that each high school student is included in this book of memories spreads a sense of unity and honor throughout the campus. Adelle adds, “More than that though, the yearbook is a symbol of the vibrant spirit of ISM: showcasing the evolution of the school through the thousands of students that have walked its hallways.” Here, the yearbook is not only a valuable reminder of the experiences and adventures shared, but it is also an emblem of pride and school unity.
Other than pride, students also often feel a certain attachment to the yearbook. For freshmen, Kawayan symbolizes a first and hopefully successful year completed with a remaining three years left full of promise. On the contrary, to the Seniors the yearbook represents an emotional final year of childhood. Christina admits that, “But out of all the pages in the yearbook, reading those senior dedications always left me choked up, as if some paragraphs were dedicated to me. It still takes some time for me to accept the fact that this is my last year in high school and that I, myself will be the author of one of those dedications, and I’m sure this is the same for my batch mates.”