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Editing the HHS yearbook are Photography Editor Elizabeth Hallbeck, front, and Co-Editor-in-Chief Megan Zais. Photo submitted

HHS celebrates National Career and Technical Education Month

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February is National Career and Technical Education Month, and staff members at Hudson High School are highlighting the career and technical education programs at HHS.

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"We need to prepare this future generation with both the practical and advanced skills they need to function in that work place of tomorrow," said School to Career Coordinator Melisa Hansen. "What better time to start preparing for that future than right now?"

Hansen said the business and marketing classes are "dynamic, up-to-date, and always adapting to the trends of the work world." Classes are offered in accounting, computer technology skills, cooperative education (work skills), desktop publishing, marketing, sports marketing, on-the-job training, word processing and yearbook.

Business, marketing

The yearbook is in full production for 2008-09 with student editors, photographers, writers and sales agents hard at work. The True Blue Annual has received numerous national and local awards throughout the years as well as winning the grand prize for the best of volumes, a national competition through Lifetouch Publishing Co.

The Marketing Club (DECA) operates the school store with student buyers, cashiers, accountants, store managers, sales agents and retail display managers all working together selling Raider merchandise. The students also sponsor school dances and activities, plus complete community service projects.

Computer technology skills are constantly changing, and students learn the basics plus work in actual production situations. Microsoft Word, Excel, Paint, PhotoShop and Photo Editor programs are all used throughout the course.

Students in accounting learn basic operational skills - how to count money, record it, analyze the finances of a business and how to stay in business for another day. They use the Steps of the Accounting Cycle and how to manage and control the finances of a business as well as forensics accounting, career opportunities and online activities.

Students in the co-operative education course learn employment skills such as employment goal setting, writing resumes, networking, interviewing techniques, workplace issues and personal finance. Many of the students also take the on-the-job training class as well, applying the skills they've learned at an actual work site.

Students in word processing participate in a community service project teaching senior citizens how to use computers - the basics along with topics of individual interest.

Students in the desktop publishing course are working on a business profile magazine to strengthen school and business partnerships at HHS. Students will work on elements of the desktop publishing process: word processing, editing, design and graphics.

Students in Yearbook I and II at Hudson High consistently turn out one of the finest yearbooks in the country. The True Blue Annual is currently in its 104th year of continuous publication.

Staff members in Yearbook I learn the basics of interviewing, copywriting, photography, desktop publishing and business skills using professional-quality equipment and software packages to document and report on the array of events across the year.

Students in Yearbook II oversee the production of the yearbook as student editors and managers. From concept development to printing, the yearbook staff, supported by advisers Debbie Lee and Stephen Kennedy, is responsible for creating 350-plus pages of full-color memories for the students of Hudson High each year.

Yearbook awards

The 2007-08 edition of The True Blue Annual, themed "Epoch," garnered numerous accolades and awards from national yearbook and journalism organizations. Editors-in-Chief were Sarah Branson, Brandon Martin, Emily Rose and Michelle Ruppert; design team members Alicia Christensen and Ani Krstich developed the book's artistic style.

Among the honors was a Gold Medalist Award with five Columbian Honors presented for achievement in concept, coverage, writing, photography and design from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University in New York.

The National Scholastic Press Association, based in Minneapolis and affiliated with the University of Minnesota, recognized the 2007-09 book with a First-Class honor rating, with one Mark of Distinction in Design.

Lifetouch National School Studios, one of the major national yearbook publishing companies, chose the 2007-08 True Blue Annual as a National First Place winner in the Best of Volumes Yearbook Contest, which carried a cash award of $250. The 2006-07 book previously won the National Grand Prize from Lifetouch, which carried a $350 award.

Closer to home, the True Blue also received many awards at the annual Chippewa Valley Student Press Association Conference at UW-Eau Claire in October, including Yearbook Best of Show honors in all four areas recognized by the association (layout, story, photography and general excellence).

In addition to the Best of Show award, True Blue also earned first-place awards for page spread, double-page spread and general excellence; second-place awards for page spread and advertisements; and third-place awards for double-page spread.

Individual staff members recognized at the conference were Brandon Meyer and Jeryn Waldera (first place, General Photography category), Jessica Harden (second place, General Photography), Arika Krinke (second place, Sports Photography), Tony Pasquale (third place, General Photography, Honorable Mention, Group Photography), and Amanda Harrison (Honorable Mention, Group Photography).

Yearbook sales

Yearbooks and advertisements are currently on sale for the 2008-09 yearbook. For order forms, visit http://hs.hudson.k12. wi.us and click on "yearbook ordering" at the bottom left of the page.

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