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50 years of memories

Superior High School seniors, from left, Andrew Roske, Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate, and Will Stream, look over potential covers for the 50th volume of the yearbook during yearbook class. (Jed Carlson/

It’s time for Superior High School graduates to dust off their photo albums, pull out trophies and remember a time when their class ruled the school. The 2015 yearbook will be the school’s 50th, and students plan to create a volume that encompasses past and present. They need photos, stories and interviews from the community to make that a reality.

“We’re looking at 50 years of excellence or tradition,” said yearbook adviser Christa Kalin. “We’re still shining after 50 years and so we’re looking at success stories.”

What constitutes student success?

“Any good times that they had at school, mainly,” said junior Alicia Jaros.

Whether they were the homecoming queen in 1980, winner of battle of the bands in the 2008, a cast member in the 1991 one-act or an FBLA competitor in 1977, their stories and pictures can give perspective to the last 50 years.

“I’d like to get everyone involved,” Jaros said.

It’s a lot of hard work to put together a yearbook, said junior Kaelyn Cain, but it’s also very rewarding.

“I think it’s important to have one so you can always look back and remember the most exciting things about the year,” said junior Nikki Honness. “It just gives everybody an opportunity to step back and take a look at like what the school’s about.”

For seniors, in particular, the yearbook holds special meaning.

“You’re not going to be able to go back to school next year,” said senior yearbook staff member Lily Fogg, but in that tome you have signatures and pictures and people write about the memories they made with you. Looking back through it, she said, “it kind of takes you back to high school.”

Along with photographs and stories, the staff is looking for people willing to be interviewed for a piece in the yearbook. They are particularly interested in generational stories where a grandparent and parent both graduated from the high school and their child or grandchild is enrolled.

The students are hoping for a good response from local advertisers and a high volume of community orders for the books.

“Because it’s the 50th and I feel like the more we can get people pumped up and as excited for our hard work as we will be,” Jaros said.

In addition to 50th anniversary fare, the staff is also looking for pictures of this year’s spring sporting events. Poor weather has taken a big toll on the number of home games and meets the students have been able to cover.

“If people have pictures of sporting events, there’s a possibility we could use them,” said junior Kailee Jones.

“We’d rather have too many pictures than too little,” said her classmate Alyssa Kolanczyk.

Community members have until September to turn in photos and stories, or contact the staff about setting up an interview. The students asked anyone submitting a photo provide detailed information including the date it was taken, the names of those in the picture, their grade in school at the time, when they graduated and what activity is going on.

Pictures, stories and contact information for interviews can be sent to Superior High School, 2600 Catlin Ave., Superior, WI, 54880, attention: Yearbook staff.

Pictures can also be submitted through the site provided through Josten. There is no cost to register for the site. Kalin said the staff expects to have an email address,, available soon.