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The True Blue Annual 2008 arrives

Hudson High School students received the 2008 edition of the True Blue Annual last Friday.

Titled "epoch," the glossy, full-color yearbook chronicles the past year in the life of Hudson High. It is the 103rd volume of the book produced annually by Hudson students since around the beginning of the 20th century.

The inside cover of this year's True Blue contains a definition of epoch -- "a period of time considered in terms of noteworthy events, developments and persons" -- suggesting why the title was chosen.

Producing the True Blue Annual is certainly one of the noteworthy accomplishments of the past year at Hudson High.

It's 368 9-by-12-inch pages of stylishly presented photographs, information and stories on everything and everyone from homecoming and fashions to senior class officers and campus monitor Bill Manore.

Sarah Branson, Emily Rose, Brandon Meyer and Michelle Ruppert were the editors in chief of the yearbook, written and designed by a staff of 45 students.

"The old 'high school editor of the yearbook' on your resume means a little more these days, especially if you're going into the design field," said first-year "True Blue" adviser Stephen Kennedy.

Kennedy joined longtime True Blue adviser Debra Lee in overseeing the production of this year's annual.

It's a year-long effort that begins each spring. The staff is already at work on the 2009 True Blue.

Some of the work is done in Yearbook classes taught by Kennedy and Lee.

The students do all of the writing and designing of the annual. The finished pages are delivered digitally to Lifetouch Publishing for printing.

Kennedy said Hudson High has gained a national reputation for the quality of its annual.

The 2007 yearbook staff won the Best of Volumes Award from Lifetouch for composing one of the finest high school annuals the company printed last year. A cash prize came with the honor.

The 2008 staff implemented a style change that makes use of clean, classic designs and ample white space.

Lifetouch delivered 1,285 copies of the True Blue Annual to the school. Students paid $40 for a copy if they ordered before December, and then $47 per copy. The price went up to $50 once the shipment of yearbooks arrived at the school.

The yearbook was printed at a cost of $53,000. Close to $10,000 in business and personal ad sales allowed students to purchase the True Blue at a reduced price.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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