Haley Olson, daughter of Troy and Gail Olson, was named Royalton High School’s (RHS) February Artist of the Month. She began work for the yearbook early in her high school career and represented her entire senior class this year as the Senior Editor of the 2015 Royal.
“I have been helping with the yearbook for four years now,” Olson said. “As a freshman, I took pictures at sporting events and got to see how the publishing process worked in a yearbook class. As a sophomore, I started working on my first pages, selling advertisements, writing articles, working with ad graphics and seeing how a book was put together. As a senior editor this year, I basically had the chance to design areas from the ‘Journey’ theme, to the graphics that moved from the 2015 cover all the way to the end of the book. The senior section was a main focus of mine and was a lot of work and a lot of fun. I’ve always enjoyed art classes, but yearbook has been a great opportunity for me to learn the process of publishing a book through my role as the 2015 senior editor.”
“Every class has certain people who step up and take leadership roles,” said RHS Yearbook Adviser Carl Halverson. “I was looking back at old yearbooks the other day and was amazed by the number of students from this year’s graduating class who were out for basketball, for example, in the seventh grade. I also noted how many were elected to leadership roles, like class officers for example, back then. Out of the whole team from her seventh grade year, Haley Olson is the Class of 2015’s lone girls’ basketball player. She’s also the class’s only three-sport athlete; is in the top three of her class academically, and has earned leadership roles which include the 2015 yearbook editor.”
Halverson said yearbook is a class which meets daily and includes photography, sales, marketing, journalism, business, technology, design and layout.
“It’s more of a commitment than a twice a month club meeting, or even that of a sport which could last up to three months. It’s every day, for more than a semester, even all year, in and out of school,” Halverson said.
“I recently had a parent of a past senior editor who told me that his daughter’s yearbook senior editor experience was the single most important and significant role of her high school years. He then said that it gave his daughter not only leadership and publishing skills, but more importantly, gave her the confidence to attack a major at college, where she is now thriving. Haley Olson may have designed the theme, the cover and many pages of the 2015 Royal Yearbook. But it’s what she has done as far as a commitment to so many different areas over the past 12 years of her life that sets her apart from her classmates in my opinion.”
Olson’s work ethic, academic and leadership skills will be on display as she continues her post secondary education at a University where she will pursue a degree in accounting.