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Demystifying the Senior Superlative Process

The ballot box overflows with tickets. The fate of each candidate rests in these small slips of paper. No, these are not the results of one of the many Republican primaries taking place throughout the country. These are the Senior Superlative elections.

Before the votes are tallied, before the photos are taken, before people can happily declare themselves “Class Clown” or “Most Huggable,” the yearbook staff faces a daunting task.

The selection process.

The staff works tirelessly before the actual initial nominations of each category to first select the superlatives that will be included in the 2011-2012 yearbook.

“We try to come up with ideas that will best represent our senior class,” said Alexis Kelly ’12, a senior section editor on the yearbook staff. “After that, the entire staff collectively works to choose the best categories.” Although this may seem easy, it is difficult to embody and incorporate every student in the senior class.

However, choosing the categories is only the beginning. After the superlatives have been selected, the nomination process begins. The senior class is given a blank slip of paper on which it can submit an unlimited number of nominees for the various superlatives.

“It was difficult to select people for every category. For some I had so many people I wanted to nominate, but for other superlatives I could barely think of one name” said Emily Bicks ’12.

The nomination is perhaps the most difficult step for the yearbook staff, which must now count each nomination in order to figure out who will run on the final ballot. Usually the topthree to fivescoring nominations are the final contenders in the superlative showdown.

Although some categories may only have three candidates, each of the awards is equally coveted.

“I don’t think there is one award that everyone wants because all of the seniors are so different. There isn’t one person who fits into every category, and that makes it more exciting because it encompasses everyone,” said Amanda Pacilio ’12, senior section editor for the yearbook.

The voting took place on Thursday, March 29 during all three lunch waves, and soon after those final ballots were cast, the yearbook staff began to count all of the votes. In addition to being featured in the yearbook, the winners are announced on the loudspeaker by Mr. Dodig as well as posted on Facebook.

The results were released to the winners on Tuesday, April 2 and for some, the selection process paid off. Emerson Lovell ‘12, who won Most Huggable and Dynamic Duo along with good friend Andrew Fishman ’12, was ecstatic to receive a superlative.

“Danny and I had a giant hug-fest and we skipped around the lunchroom to let everyone know of our victory. We also bought victory clothing to wear for our yearbook picture,” said Lovell ’12.

Although it may seem like an easy task, the Senior Superlative selection process is an intricate and important procedure.

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Molly Barreca
Molly Barreca, Sports Editor
Molly Barreca seems like a typical humorous girl at Staples. However, there are many things that most don’t know about her. She aspires to work in public relations when she is older, similarly to her father who has worked in the television industry for years. Barreca is one of Inklings most popular writers with over 1,000 hits on her articles. She has always been a talented writer and loved reading the paper, but she officially started Inklings at the end of her sophomore year. She then took advanced journalism her junior year and is currently in the advanced class her senior year. This coming year Barreca is one of the sports editors, and her ambition is to change the sports section. “I want to make the sports section a little less predictable,” Barreca said. She is very excited about the back page and likes that it is one of the more featured pages. “I want to make the section somewhere people turn to when they first get the paper because they want to see what we’re going to do next,” Barreca said. Barreca and her good friend Aaron Hendel, which is also her co-editor, are eager to change Inkling’s sports section for the better. It will be interesting to watch Barreca as she changes the Inklings sports section and follow in the footsteps of her father.

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