Climbing the Summit

In late April, when students received their copy of the 2018 Summit yearbook, they held in their hands not only a smorgasbord of college memories, but also the culmination of the school year.

Like most good things, the Summit doesn’t magically appear. Rather, it’s the result of over a year’s worth of creative planning, intentional designing, meticulous proofing, and, finally, the long-awaited printing.

There’re a lot of man-hours that go into the yearbook. It’s kind of a big deal to us.

Section Editor David Garcia (Jr., CA)

Long before the yearbook is unveiled in chapel, it begins as a series of thumbnail sketches. Lead designer Natti Guest (Sr., TX) reveals, “Right after we sent off this year’s Summit to print, we began brainstorming ideas for the theme and cover for next year’s book. We picked which ones we liked, sketched some more, and then did a mock-up on the computer.”

“Our goal is to get it designed before summer and then we close up shop,” says Summit Advisor Esther Hallman. “In the fall semester, we have about 16 students on staff who assist with all the little details.”

One of those “little details” includes matching student names with their photographs. Support staff Elijah Butler (Soph., GA) said, “I felt like a detective trying to find the date and location of the picture, the names of the people in the picture, and what is happening in the picture.”

We go through a ton of pictures to find just the right ones to put into the yearbook.

Summit Staff Courtney Thompson (Jr., FL)

Once the design and layout are complete, Hallman says the team then focuses on proofing. “Our goal is to proof seven times before the book goes to print,” she reveals.

Natti seconds that. “Most of spring semester is just checking, re-checking, and triple-checking,” she jokes. “The great thing about a group setting is that everyone brings different ideas unique to them and catches mistakes that others may not be able to see, making the design and accuracy of the yearbook even stronger.”

Oh, did I mention that we get to proofread?

Support Staff Elijah Butler (Soph., GA)

Around midterm exams, the Summit finally goes to print. According to Stephen Riffel, assistant plant manager, a team at the print shop puts in at least 100 man hours on the yearbook, in addition to the time the book will spend at a case binding shop. All said and done, approximately 18,000 pounds of paper are used to print the books.

Back on campus, the Summit staff can hardly contain their excitement, knowing that in just a few short weeks, the book will be revealed to their classmates. Section editor, Andrea Kaszak (Jr., TX) said, “We got to see every side of the school, which in turn made us want to do our best work for the yearbook in order to share that new-found love of our college.”

Knowing that the hours we’ve put in will result in something everyone on campus can appreciate makes all the time spent worth it.

Support Staff Hannah Bryan (Soph., VA)

After the book was unveiled in chapel on April 27, students filed through the Field House, claiming their copy of memories. Flipping through freshly printed pages, they laughed at pictures of themselves and their friends, reminiscing of all that transpired during the year. Some looked up their crush’s picture, others spent time contemplating the special note they would sign in a friend’s book.


“I enjoyed seeing the reaction of the student body as they looked through a book that captures, in a few pages, everything this past school year has entailed,” Elijah said. “When a student looks at the section on Bible Conference or Missions Conference, I hope that he is reminded of the ways in which God worked in his life, stirring his heart for a cause bigger than himself.”

This year’s Summit was dedicated to Pastor Denis McBride, honoring his faithful service at the College and Campus Church these past few decades. His good-natured humor and practical sermons will truly be missed by the student body as he retires this May.

Published 5/2/2018

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