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Hoover High "Caravel": 49 and stronger than ever

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05-10-2013 (HHS) – Though it’s approaching its 50th birthday, the “Caravel” – Hoover High School’s official yearbook, still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

The 456-page monster – unveiled today – represents months and months of hard work by a dedicated staff of sixteen, managed by HHS teacher Jamey Nowlin.  This year’s theme:  “A Year in the Making.”

“Why?  We were ‘making’ two additional wings to accommodate for our growing population of students and faculty/staff .  Also, whether you are a freshman or senior, memories are in the ‘making’ for each student here at Hoover High School,” Nowlin said.

Keeping in line with Hoover High School’s technology focus, the yearbook features QR codes, which when scanned by a smartphone, direct viewers to videos related to that page.  Campus station WBUC assisted with this specific endeavor, which includes a total of 52 codes.

“The [yearbook] staff worked during one class period and COUNTLESS hours after school until after 10 or 11 some nights in order to complete the five deadlines,” Nowlin said.

Those flipping through the Caravel will see “…a timeline of the year in the making” near the front of the book, Nowlin says.  The deadline for this feature was September.  Staffers were able to list 705 campus events taking place from August to May.

The Caravel staff builds camaraderie through various events including trips to the University of Alabama [professional development]; national yearbook conventions; and even ropes courses.  Nowlin describes the staff as “family.”

The Caravel began at W.A. Berry High School (the original high school in the Hoover section of Jefferson County) 49 years ago.  According to Nowlin’s research, the name “Caravel” was chosen by a vote of the student body.  The Caravel was an ancient pirate ship which sailed the seven seas, according to a write-up in the first edition.

The 2013 Caravel was dedicated to coach Chad Eads and teacher Lesa Gibson.  Krissy Mauro served as Editor–in–Chief for the 2012-2013 Caravel.   Conversation has already begun on the 2013-2014 Caravel – the 50th incarnation which has high expectations given its banner year.

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