Yearbook staff and students believe the memories are worth the investment


Photo: Emily Latham

Junior Yearbook Business and Marketing Manager, Madison McKay-Bradds, holds this years and last years yearbook comparing the two.

The Firebird Yearbook was $55 last year. That’s 55 cheeseburgers from McDonald’s, 55 freezes from Speedway and enough to pay for gas to drive to Cleveland and back with fuel still left in the tank.

With a starting cost of more than half a hundred dollars, many students didn’t get the yearbook, and the longer students waited to buy one the more they had to pay. But yearbook staffers and some students believe it’s worth the money.

Business and Marketing Manager, Madison McKay-Bradds realizes the price is a bit high, but still thinks students should buy it. “I do feel like it’s over-priced,” she said. “But, it’s something you’ll keep for the rest of your life.”

Fairmont junior, Allen Cattell agrees. “I bought the yearbook so when I’m out of high school, I still have the memories,” he said.  

Many students’ reasons are that it will always be a reminder of their time at Fairmont.

Cattell, who is in Latin Club and Theater Club, said, “The thing I like most about the yearbook is that it has everyone in it. Twenty years down the road, I can still look back and see my friends,” he said.

Mallory Waker, a senior in her third year with The Firebird and second as an editor, assesses what makes up the price and says it’s rather reasonable.  “For sure, (It’s worth the cost) especially for all the time and work that’s put into it,” Waker said.

Yearbook adviser of 11 years, Jessica Stickel, sums up what contributes to the cost. From mailing expenses and making the book in color, to paying for the cameras that take the yearbook’s photos and having more than your traditional middle school cover are all “upcharges” to the price, she said.

As Waker puts it, “The bigger the book, the bigger the price.”

Additionally, the yearbook staff sells ads to help lower the price.

Even with all of these factors considered, junior Karra Maynard still doesn’t think the yearbook is worth the money. “I don’t buy the yearbook because it’s not something practical for my family to get for it’s price,” she said.

Although it’s expensive, Stickel utilizes whatever extra money they make on sales to pay for and give out yearbooks through the Yearbook Scholarship Program to financially-challenged students and their families.

The yearbook staff does their best to provide Fairmont students with an inexpensive and high-quality yearbook.

Despite the opinion of some on how costly the publication is, Stickel thinks in today’s society it’s not a ridiculous amount.

“If you think of how quickly people spend $55, then you realize it’s not that expensive,” she said.