Blast from the past: Yearbook to feature family ties

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
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Connecting to Past

CONNECTING TO PAST – Slidell yearbook staff members Shaylee Galvan, Hannah Lampman and Ashley Mayabb are working on this year’s annual, which has the theme of generations. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Slidell’s yearbook staff is turning a page to the past and highlighting the generations of families that have been a part of the district’s history in this year’s book.

Senior staff members Hannah Lampman and Ashley Mayabb stumbled upon the theme.

“Slidell goes back a long time, and we wanted to include the history of the school and the people,” Lampman said. “Half of the student body have relatives that went to school here.”

Lampman points out she’s an outlier without those family ties to the school. But the yearbook editor appreciates the legacies that many families have in the district.

“I wish I had someone from here. I moved here last year from Decatur,” she said.

One of her staff members, Shaylee Galvan, is one of the students with several links to the district.

“My parents went here. My mom went here but graduated from Paradise,” Galvan said. “My dad graduated here.”

The yearbook staff collected forms from students, parents and grandparents with memories and various links to present students.

“People were interested in it,” Lampman said. “The parents were all for it.”

The theme has generated a buzz, and sales are ahead of last year.

“It’s a theme that everyone is into. This is something different,” she said.

The staff has already found some interesting connections. They found that staffer and cross country state qualifier Hunter Horner’s father also ran cross country at the school. There’s also many generations that participated in FFA and played basketball at the school.

“We’re trying to include everyone we can,” Lampman said. “This is your chance for something special.”

Lampman, Mayabb and Galvan have been digging through old yearbooks dating back to the 1950s and plan to use some of the old pictures to compare with present day.

“The prom pages from the day crack me up,” Mayabb said, pointing out the changing styles.

The staff will finish the yearbook over the summer, waiting to include graduation and prom. They’re looking forward to sharing the yearbook with the students and community next fall.

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