The Rocket Flame

ExSITESment Awaits For JB Alumni


Megan Rummel

On his last day at JBHS, Mr. Colby Sites (Faculty) shows off his crazy taco socks.

Life is all about a journey: it can take you anywhere in the world and allow you to experience new surroundings. For Mr. Colby Sites (Faculty), his journey took him back to his hometown school to pursue student teaching. 


At first, Sites wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after high school. He kept changing his mind until he finally came up with an idea. 


“I always liked the idea of helping people. My original idea was that I wanted to be a therapist, but then I quickly changed that to a massage therapist,” said Sites. “Finally in fifth grade, I made the decision that maybe if I took history and wanting to help other people and applied that together, the first thing that I came up with was a teacher.” 


His inspiration of becoming a History teacher comes from his fifth grade teacher. 


“In fifth grade, I was at Mountain View Elementary [School] and I had this awesome fifth grade teacher,” Sites explained. “She taught us the Civil War, and I loved it. I loved learning about the Civil War. I loved how she taught it to us, just hearing all the information – the great battles, the great military men, the beards – it was all fascinating to me.”


Sites was not placed at James Buchanan originally, but instead at New Oxford Middle School; however the cooperating teacher chose not to have a student teacher. He tried another school and that, too, did not pan out for him. Finally, he was told that he could go to Bermudian Springs, but he asked Mr. Lum to see if he could be a student teacher for him and the rest is history.


From the time that he graduated from JB in 2015, he always felt a personal connection to this school. 


“The reason why I wanted to come back to JB was I always loved this school ever since I’ve been here,” he said. “I praise this school and the students that are here.” 


According to Sites, the most important thing about being a teacher is being able to connect and relate to students. To do so, he tries to find ways to start conversations with them. 


“Me wearing crazy socks creates a conversation and creates a relationship with students that stems from honest questions,” said Sites. “I think the best way to relate to students is being honest with them. I try to be a good upstanding person, and I try to put other people first.” 


Another thing that Sites strives to do is be a little different from other teachers. He explained that there is a “cliche” of when you see a teacher. He said that the first thing that comes to mind is the way they look like or how they dress. So in order to stray from the typical stereotype, he comes up with ideas on how to be unique. 


“I like being creative and I like expressing myself. I think everything I own I try to have a story associated with it,” said Sites. “I always strive to be a little different. So socks and ties is just one way that gives me the ability to express myself.” 


One interesting fact that Sites explained to his students at the beginning of the school year is that he does not get paid for being a student teacher. To Sites, being able to spend time with his students and interacting with them is more important than money. 


“I enjoy waking up every day and coming to class,” he said.  “I dread the amount of preparation and all of the grading that I have to do, but there’s rarely a day where I regret coming into class and seeing my students and engaging with them.” 


Recently, Sites was given the opportunity to go to the James Buchanan Middle School, where he will be doing some teaching in a History class. Nonetheless, he still plans on staying within the district. 


“My short-term plan is that I will start substituting around the building, that way I get my foot in the door and still be in the school district,” said Sites. “I get to see all of the kids that I had in class and I still get to do what I love. There will be a couple of positions that will be open around the Tuscarora School District that I will be applying for.”


Sites’ last day is on Friday, November 1st, which means that his time at JB is soon coming to an end. 


“On my last day, I don’t know how I’m going to feel,” Sites said. “I don’t know if I’m going to cry, if I’m going to triumphantly walk out of here, I don’t know what the students are going to feel…I hope I don’t bawl like a little baby, but it will definitely be a little heartbreaking on my last day.”


The memories that he creates at his time at JB allowed him to fully experience student teaching.

Student teaching is less about being a teacher and more about the students and taking the time to get to know all of them.”

— Mr. Sites

Senior Superlatives 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following Seniors for winning Senior Superlatives in the yearbook! We will be in touch in the coming weeks to photograph you for the yearbook!  Teachers voted on JB Legacy.

Most Athletic – Sebastian Wise & Reilly Heinbaugh

Most Evolved – Logan Daniels & Kylee Long

Best Smile – Grant Souder & Mallory Peck

Biggest Outdoorsmen – Alec Urban & Rachel Martin

Most Fashionable – Richard Gillette & Kamari Moser

Best Hair – Syrus Maldonado & Malorie Parson

Best Laugh – Colby Shingler & Paige Doyle

Worst Case of Senioritis – Dakota Leighton & Erika Sheaffer

Most Musical – Zachary Slodysko & Ella Heckman

Most Artistic – Nick Eisenhuth & Carlee Jackson

Class Clown – Nathan Manikowski & Lindsey Meyers

Most Likely to Succeed – Jacob Troupe & Sarah Kimmel

Most Involved – Nick Alfree & Hannah Kimmel

Best Eyes – Dalton Eckard & Paige Hartman

Most Likely to Look 20 When They are 40 – Trey Mummert & Madison Bailey

Most Friendly – Dean King & Elena McNulty

Most Charisma – Jakob Piper & Claire Kriner

Most School Spirit – Paul Dzieciol & Kaitlyn Ebersole

JB Legacy – Patrick Hicks & Megan Rummel

Diving In At James Buchanan


Ms. Angi Johnson (Faculty) smiles on the pool deck at James Buchanan High School.

On October 29, 2018, Ms. Angie Johnson (Faculty) started as the new swim instructor at James Buchanan High School. Prior to her new job as a swim instructor, Johnson had been an aquatics director at the Chambersburg YMCA for 12 years.

Growing up in Hawaii,  Johnson has been around water her whole life.  As a child, her mother and father would always take her to pools and water parks.  Kings Dominion was Johnson’s first water park. She feels most comfortable in the water or on the pool deck.

“Basically water is my life,” said Johnson.

Wanting to put her love for water to good use, Johnson became the Aquatics Director at the YMCA.  Her job entailed teaching swim lessons to all ages, teaching and making sure kids know water safety, and also managing the lifeguards that were on duty to make sure everyone maintains safety. As soon as Johnson started teaching Aquatics, she instantly knew her life came to a full circle.

“Water safety is very important and everyone needs to be aware of how dangerous water can be,” said Johnson. “But it can be so much fun too.”

Johnson has been smoothly transitioning into her new position as the new swim instructor.  Students all seem to agree that Ms. Johnson is an excellent teacher.

Abigail Nagy (9) and Makinna Peck (9) smile for a picture before going to swim class.

“She is very helpful as a teacher and always explains what to do, sometimes even through example,” said Makinna Peck (9).

Peck and Nagy really appreciate the fact that Johnson will go the extra mile by getting into the pool with them and taking the time to explain how to do different skills.

“I think Ms. Johnson is doing a good job of keeping us on task and keeping us busy,” said Abigail Nagy (9).

The students especially enjoy how Johnson changes up the class every day.  For example, on Mondays and Wednesdays, they do water fitness. Tuesdays and Thursdays, they do water aerobics, and Friday is a free day.  

“Aquatics is different this year because there aren’t as many students, sand Samuel Ocasio (11).  “So it’s fun because we

Samuel Ocasio (11) swims during his special aquatics class.

get to change it up every day.”

Johnson is excited to give high school students an opportunity to do a different type of physical education that is water-based.  She is also looking forward to giving the high school students an opportunity to teach the elementary children as she did in high school.

“I am just really excited to be here, and it’s going to be an amazing experience, I just know it,” said Johnson. “Everybody so far has been so welcoming and friendly.”

Ms. Angi Johnson (Faculty) teaches Alexis Snyder (9) and Samuel Ocasio (11) about the breaststroke.

Contest Alert! Win a Free Yearbook!


This year, our yearbook theme is “Let’s Rewind,” so we are rewinding back to your past with a contest to help you win a FREE YEARBOOK!  Who doesn’t want a yearbook, a $75 value, for FREE?

Here is what you need to do.  In order to win, you must complete all steps and make sure you read the fine print.  Even if you already bought a yearbook, YOU COULD STILL WIN!

  1. Submit a THROWBACK photo of you and your JB friends to [email protected]
    • We are looking for pics of you and other students from when you were in elementary, middle school, etc.
    • We want to REWIND through the years with you.
    • Photos must be submitted digitally.
    • Students must currently be enrolled at JBHS (cannot have already graduated)
    • State your name, grade, and #JBRewindContest in the subject line

2. Follow us on a minimum of our social media accounts (linked below)

  1.  Instagram
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook

3.  Comment on the post for the yearbook giveaway with the image shown to the right.

  • Tag 3 friends that attend JB in the post and comment #JBRewindContest

4.  An additional entry (1 maximum) for posting the photo on social media, tagging JB Student Media, and using #JBRewindContest as the hashtag.

*FINE PRINT: This contest is not sponsored or affiliated in any way by Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or Jostens.  All entrants must complete Steps 1-3 in the entirety to win and must currently be enrolled in James Buchanan High School to win.  Each person will earn an extra entry for completing step 4.  We will be giving away 3 yearbooks ($75 value).  A reimbursement check will be made payable to the person who purchased the yearbook according to Jostens records if it was already paid in full.  If the student is a senior and has already placed the order, the parent and student will have the choice to get a 1/4 page senior advertisement for free in place of the yearbook fee.  If a photo is not received, or if the photo includes people not currently JBHS.  Contest will close on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM and winners will be announced via social media on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Senior Superlatives 2018-2019

Congratulations to the following Seniors for winning Senior Superlatives in the yearbook! We will be in touch in the coming month to photograph you for the yearbook!  Teachers will be voting on JB Legacy and we will announce on this page next week!

Most Athletic – Dan Corcoran & Ella Jones

Most Evolved – Michael Newman & Emily Newman

Best Smile – Cormac Houpt & Maria Burkett

Biggest Outdoorsmen – David Clopper & Danielle Barnhart

Most Fashionable – Jarred Moquin & Madi Dorsey

Best Hair – Noah Walter & Kayla Locke

Best Laugh – Nathan Walls & Breanna Dukehart

Worst Case of Senioritis – Galen Oberholzer & Bryanna Lehman

Most Musical – Logan Williams & Chelsea Wareham

Most Artistic – Aaron Stone & Olivia Harmon

Class Clown – Julian Barcelo & Shaelyn Kaiser

Most Likely to Succeed – Dale Miller & Amber Clark

Most Involved – Jarrett Iverson & Alyssa Blair

Best Eyes – Derek Pine & Jenna Mongold

Most Likely to Look 20 When They are 40 – Cash Atherton & Gwen Hunt

Most Friendly – Jake Line & Madi Shupp

Most Charisma – Noah Wise & Lindsay Ambrisco

JB Legacy – Owen Stoner & Maggie Strawoet

Join the JBHS Student Media Staff for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Interested in finding out what student media is all about? Come for an informational meeting on Thursday, April 19 in 220.

Not able to attend?  See Ms. Reeder in 220 and access the application form here.

Check out the video to see the fun we have as a group!

Canning Out Hunger for The Holidays


During the holiday season, giving is a common theme. This is especially important to James Buchanan High School during their annual food drive.


Every year during the month of December, the James Buchanan High School Student Council holds a food drive, placing a holiday-wrapped box in each homeroom for students to fill with donations.


“The food drive is a way for us to give back to families in need and students in our school district by providing them with food and gifts,”  said Claire Kriner (10) one of the three co-chairs of the drive, “It’s been a tradition for many years.”


The food drive this year was organized by Hannah Kimmel (10), Claire Kriner (10), and Sarah Kimmel (10).  


“This is our first year on Executive Council and we’ve never done anything like this before,” said co-chair Hannah Kimmel. “ It is [the food drive] one of the hardest things to plan all year.”

Participation was a worry this year but the outlook for donation volume is looking bright.


“Last year plenty of food was brought in to feed all 32 families in need in the school district,” said Kriner.


To increase the competition and participation, Student Council has included a scavenger hunt aspect to the food drive.


“We have a scavenger hunt to bring in more of certain types of food,” explained Hannah Kimmel.


Student Council also added a reward for the homeroom that earn the most points. Homerooms gain points by bringing in different items that are worth a varying points based on the type of food.


“Whoever has the most points from the scavenger hunt gets a breakfast from Student Council,” said Kimmel.


For the scavenger hunt, items that have a higher-point reward are foods that are higher in demand for the holidays, such as canned meats and boxed meals .


Items that StuCo recommends bringing in would be non-perishable food items and good quality foods.


“When people bring food in, we just want them to be sure they are giving food they would want to eat themselves,” said Hannah Kimmel.


Foods that Student Council recommends bringing in would be boxed brownies, beans, peaches, and any canned- or preserved-meat products.


The food drive will run through the month of December, ending on Dec. 20 just in time to provide the families in need with food for the holidays.

Senior Superlatives 2017-2018

Congratulations to the following Seniors for winning Senior Superlatives in the yearbook! We will be in touch in the coming month to photograph you for the yearbook!  Teachers will be voting on JB Legacy and we will announce on this page next week!

Most Athletic – Hunter Sowers & Abby Mackling

Most Evolved – Sean Bankson & Sarah Abbott

Best Smile – Aiden Mickley & Sydni Ressler

Biggest Outdoorsmen – Kyler Atherton & Amber Brindle

Most Fashionable – Nick Garbinski & Macey Keefer

Best Hair – Carlos Rauch & Shayla Ramsey

Best Laugh – Austin Sheppard & Saige Eckard

Worst Case of Senioritis – Zach Devotie & Emilie Cookus

Most Musical – Sean Martin & Claire Alfree

Most Artistic – Harley Lehman & Lauren Fleming

Class Clown – Jae-Lin Carmack & Brookelynn Lester

Most Likely to Succeed – Logan Rockwell & Renee Sollenberger

Most Involved – Noah Shank & Kierstyn Martin

Best Eyes – Sawyer Seville & Mickey Heinbaugh

Most Likely to Look 20 When They are 40 – Alec Hillier & Ashlynn Roppolo

Most Friendly – Denver Norcross & Megan Hoffeditz

Most Charisma – Clay Sanders & Madelyn Hissong

JB Legacy – Kaiden Stinson & Mackenzie Runk

Yearbook Senior Ads – How To!

The perfect gift for a graduating senior!

Senior ad papers were mailed out to all seniors this week.  If you did not receive an ad form, you can print off an extra copy HERE.

It is not required to place a senior ad but is certainly encouraged as this is a special message to graduating seniors.  Senior ads typically include a baby photo and a senior photo not already in the yearbook.  We will need the photography release if someone other than Myerly & Lowe took your photo for publication purposes.

Some sample student ads from last year are below.



How to Purchase a Yearbook

If you participated in the Yearbook Fundraiser:

Students have the opportunity to participate in a yearbook fundraiser during the first two weeks of school where they may earn money off their yearbook. Each item sold earns $5 off the price of the yearbook.  A yearbook will be ordered for each student participating in the fundraiser and the student is responsible for the balance due by the end of January. Invoices will be sent out in November. Students who do not want a yearbook should not participate in the yearbook fundraiser.

Fundraiser Delivery Date: October 3, 2017, 3-5 PM in JBHS Cafeteria.

If you DID NOT participate in the Yearbook Fundraiser:

Students who do NOT participate in the yearbook fundraiser must purchase their yearbook directly from Jostens.  They may purchase by clicking here.  DO NOT order if you did the fundraiser!!!!

JBHS Student Media Policy

Mission Statement

The Rocket Flame is a student-created online publication and The Citadel  is a student-created yearbook.  Both publications serve to document the story of the school year at JBHS and provide a sense of pride amongst students, staff, and the community.   The James Buchanan High School Student Media staff produces the online newspaper and yearbook while learning the roles of professional journalists and will uphold all press standards in the creation of the publication and abide by ethical and legal practices set in place by press laws.


Establishing Structure

Tuscarora School District Board Media Policy

Here is a link to the official policy on student expression as expressed by the Tuscarora School District School Board.

JB Student Media Policy Statement

The Rocket Flame newspaper and Citadel yearbook have both been established as a public forum for student expression. Content in student media should reflect all areas of student interest, including topics about which there may be dissent or controversy. Student journalists and the editorial board have the right to determine all content of student publications.

The purpose of a school newspaper and yearbook is to inform, educate, and entertain the audience while documenting the year in a broad, fair, thorough manner.  The target audience includes the entire student body at JBHS and therefore content will focus upon meeting the needs of these students.

Students will not print material, opinionated or otherwise, that is libelous, irresponsible, advocates illegal activity, or which the editorial board deems in poor taste.

Adapted from ©Whitney Student Media

The Role of the Adviser

The JB Student Media adviser is a professional teaching staff member that is a certified English teacher.  The adviser guides the yearbook staff to make editorial decisions about content and helps to ensure that the publication remains a public forum.  

The adviser is there to help aid in the educational process in producing the yearbook and teaching journalistic practices.  He/she should keep up-to-date on current trends and educate the staff accordingly.

The adviser may caution and act as a sounding board, but has no power to censor or veto student decisions except for constitutionally valid reasons.

The Role of Student Media, Editor/Staff Makeup & Prior Review

The editorial board will consist of two to three editors who will serve as the leaders and decision-making team for all JB Student Media publications. These editors are chosen by the faculty adviser and the previous year’s editors and must have been enrolled in the class at least one year prior to being selected.

The editorial board will be responsible for all final content decisions.  The Rocket Flame and Citadel are established as a designated public forums for student expression in which students make all final content decisions without prior review from school officials.  Both publications will strive to avoid publication of materials deemed by the editorial board to be obscene, materially disruptive to the learning process, an invasion of privacy, or a violation of copyright.  The adviser will serve as a guide and educator in the journalism curriculum.

Sources will be able to review their quotes at the time of the interview, but will not be able to arbitrarily demand to read a reporter’s completed story or perform editing on the story prior to publication.  This includes that the yearbook will not be reviewed by administration prior to publication.

The content of the both publications represent only the views of student staff and not the adviser or school officials.

Editor Job Description

As an editor of the JBHS Student Media program, there are certain expectations that are placed upon you.  

  • Establishes deadlines and mini-deadlines with the adviser
  • Designs, with the assistance of the adviser, the theme presentation, including title page, opening, and dividers, senior and underclassmen openings & closings, and folio
  • Designs the sports page layout that will be utilized throughout the sports section and the closing
  • Updates the organization and sports calendar each month to inform the staff of reporting opportunities
    • Makes contact with advisers from clubs twice per month to find out potential meetings, events, etc.
  • Plans, along with the adviser, celebration days and mandatory Work Nights
  • Finalizes page ladder and student page assignments
  • Plans fundraising ideas, along with the adviser
  • Aids adviser to plan and organize group photo days for clubs and sports photos
  • Confers with staff on stories that need rewriting/clarification, photo edits/changes, changes to theme incorporation, fonts, etc.
  • Edits stories, captions, headlines and other elements before submitting pages to the plant
    • Helps check the spelling of all student names and grade levels
  • Organizes and conducts formal staff meetings every Monday to relay important information, get a status report, and improve staff morale
  • Establishes a system to track deadline progress
  • Communicates with adviser to promote learning, planning strategies, production tracking and other decision-making
  • Works with staff photographer and staff for photo selection
  • Tracks coverage by student and topic to best guarantee all-inclusiveness and meeting our goal of picturing students 3+ more times
  • Helps organize, advertise, and maintain records for the yearbook fundraiser and business/parent advertising in the book
  • Makes all final content decisions

Staff Conduct

The JB Student Media is a team and is only as strong as its weakest link.  All staff members are expected to complete their assigned pages, photos, etc. by the assigned deadlines provided at the beginning of the school year, as well as attend mandatory work nights and events they are covering.  Staff members or editors could be dismissed if one of the following violations occurs:

  • Continuously missing mini-deadlines/deadlines
  • Plagiarism
  • Quote falsification
  • Vandalism, theft, or damage of equipment
  • Pessimistic attitude towards staff member or adviser
  • Two probationary periods in one academic year
  • Failing to fulfill job as outlined in job description
  • Submitting a page not designed by yourself/by someone outside the staff

Major infractions will include an immediate dismissal from the staff. Minor infractions will result in a probationary period along with a written warning that must be signed by a parent/guardian.  If a second probation is incurred, the staff member will be dismissed.

If an editor is suspended, he/she will be removed from the editorial board.

Dismissed staff member may receive a grade of an F.  

All dismissals  will be voted on by members of the editorial board and the adviser after a meeting with the student on probation about their infraction.

*Adapted from ©Francis Howell North Yearbook

Ownership of Content

Student bylines will be published on all pages associated with them.  

Photo credits will also be posted on all photographs for photographs not provided by staff members.

Planning & Gathering

Controversial Coverage

Controversial issues will present both sides to keep bias at a minimum.  The point of the news is to inform and not endorse a side of a topic.  If a controversial topic is covered in either publication, the editorial board must consider the journalistic purpose and if there are points of view being omitted in coverage.

Adapted from ©Francis Howell North Yearbook

Interviewing & Verification

Accuracy and details are of the utmost importance.  Fact-checking procedures should be utilized.  Spelling of names, places, and organizations should be checked and double-checked to ensure these details are accurate.  When gathering information for story content, it is necessary to utilize multiple sources in order to gather all the facts in a story.

All interviews should be conducted on the record and staff members should always identify themselves as a member of the JB Student Media staff when conducting an interview, whether it is via text, e-mail, social media, video messaging, or in-person.

Staff members must gain permission of the interviewee to record each interview.

E-mail and social media means may be used as resources, including websites, email, and social media. The adviser is encouraged to help students develop skills to evaluate usage of electronic information; the adviser is not responsible for approving online resources.

Adapted from ©Whitney Student Media

Prior Review & Naming of Sources

Sources may not demand to read an article prior to publication or to perform editing on a story.  

Media staff members will identify all sources as long as doing so will not endanger the source in some way.  This is the only way that a source will go unnamed in either publication.  If using an unnamed source, reporters will not reveal the name of a source within the boundaries of the law.  

Publications will not be reviewed by administration prior to publication.


JB Student Media is committed to accuracy. All story elements, including quotes, statistics, photos, and content, should be verifiable and precise.  Staff members must turn in all source material to editors when submitting their story drafts and demonstrate multiple sources were used to verify information presented in the story. This includes a recording of each interview conducted in full.  All quotes must be verified for accuracy and they will not be changed or patched.

Producing Content

Writing process

All writing for both the yearbook and online newspaper will be produced by the JB Student Media staff enrolled in a journalism course.  Students will research subject-matter, gather information from various sources, interview a minimum of two sources for each story.  Stories will undergo a vigorous revision process that will be edited by another staff member and the editorial board.  Quotes will be fact-checked for accuracy and interviews will be submitted electronically for verification.


Direct Quotations

Direct Quotations will be utilized and not be tampered with unless to fix glaring grammatical mistakes.  Direct quotations will be utilized and placed in quotations.  All stories along with quotation usage will be approved by the editorial board.  Quotation patching will not take place in the text without contextual reference and will not be used to alter the truth and content of the quote and the context in which it was delivered.  Said will be the only attribution verb utilized.


JB Student Media publications may not print copyrighted images.  Photos taken by professional photographers other than Myerly & Lowe, our school photographer, MUST include a release from the photographer (see Photography Release Form, attached).  

Students make all content decisions, and the media staff reserves the right to reject photos or text or to ask the customer to make changes to conform to school and publication standards.  No photos/advertisements containing alcohol or any container that could be used for alcohol, tobacco, weapons, profanity, discrimination, or nudity will be accepted. This includes any photos in a bar setting.  

JB Student Media does not endorse all products or services offered in advertisements.

Please note: the Citadel and The Rocket Flame are produced by students in an academic environment.  We will choose fonts and colors that compliment your ad and that fits in with the overall design of the yearbook for Senior Advertising.

Errors in business and senior advertisements will be addressed in the following manner:

  1. a)      Correction of minor errors with a reprint or reprints of the ads on stickers.
  2. b)      Partial repayment up to cost of the book for misspelled names or major errors.
  3. c)      Complete refund only in cases of errors that are deemed to destroy the intent of the ad.

Businesses will be held to the same expectations as senior tributes. Citadel yearbook  will not be responsible for errors in printing caused by submissions that do not meet published specifications.

©Whitney Student Media

Social Media

Please see our Social Media policy here.

Use of Profanity

Writing will avoid offensive or distasteful content as determined by the editors. Profanity is considered beneath the writing caliber of the staff. Innuendo will not be tolerated. Source material that may be considered offensive will be evaluated by the editorial board.  Quotes containing profanity may be altered at their discretion and photos containing profanity may be removed.


Any current student, faculty, staff member, or building administrator who dies during a school year will be recognized in the Citadel if it is prior to deadline publication and will be treated in a tasteful manner.  

The portrait of the person will appear in the people section as it would under normal circumstances. The birth date and date of passing will appear next to the person’s name, unless the death occurs after the book’s final deadline, which is generally March 15.  A cause of death will be published only after obtaining parental permission and at the discretion of the editorial board.  Suicide will not be listed as a cause of death.

No tribute, obituary, or other memorial item will appear in the yearbook.  Families and/or friends or other parties may purchase space for a memorial or tribute to appear in the advertising section of the yearbook and may do so at the “early-bird” pricing, regardless of purchase date, but advertising space is generally only available from October-December and production of the pages is done by the end of January. It is the aim of the staff to handle the events in a fair and sensitive manner.

A formal obituary will appear in The Rocket Flame in a tasteful, professional manner.

Adapted from ©Whitney Student Media

Visual reporting

All photos must contain a caption and explain who, what, when, where, why, and how.  All people must be identified with first and last name and grade level.

Photos will be held to the highest ethical standard of photojournalism and will not be manipulated to include what is not present in the photograph.  Visual artistic effects may be employed for design purposes.

Corrections Policies

The Citadel is a student business that costs $50,000+ and is part of a learning experience in the curriculum.  As a result, there are no perfect yearbooks produced, ever, as they are a student-produced publication.There is no malicious intent, nor lack of care taken by the staff in producing the yearbook.

With that said, is not possible to reprint the book if/when minor errors arise. The staff regrets any errors and learns from constructive feedback provided via thoughtful email messages and phone calls. The process for creating the yearbook is rigorous and involves multiple rounds of careful editing. Because the yearbook is printed once annually, it is not possible to run corrections. If a staff discovers, from any source, that a factual error or major mistake was published and passed the editors, the editor(s)-in-chief will issue a written apology to those affected.  

Corrections will be made to The Rocket Flame with a note if an error occurs.

Adapted from ©Whitney Student Media

Portraits Policy

Senior  Portraits

The Citadel will only print Senior portraits for the formal headshot section taken by the designated school photographer, Myerly & Lowe Photography. All senior portraits must arrive to the yearbook staff by the posted deadline (first week of November) that will be set in collaboration by the editorial board, adviser, and photographer.  If a student fails to be photographed by the contracted yearbook photographer, he/she will not appear in the yearbook.

No props of any kind will be allowed in the the senior photos.  These photos will be formal in nature.  Myerly & Lowe will provide the clothing required for the formal shots, including tuxedo/suit options for males and draping options for females.

Other opportunities for publication of Senior photos in a less formal setting will be available to seniors in the following areas of the yearbook: Senior Advertising, the Homecoming Court, Senior Officers.  These photos may be from a different photographer, but must be accompanied by a photography publication release form in order to be published. If a release form is not provided, the photo will not be published.

Students make all content decisions, and the Citadel staff reserves the right to reject photos to conform to school and publication standards.  No photos containing alcohol or any container that could be used for alcohol, tobacco, weapons, profanity, discrimination, or nudity will be accepted.

Photo omissions will occur for students or faculty with the submission of a written note at the beginning of each school year to the main office.

Underclassmen  Portraits

The Citadel will only print underclassmen portraits taken by the designated school photographer, Lifetouch Photography.  Two days for portraits will be provided: one day at the beginning of the school year and one make-up day later in the fall.

Portraits will be provided by the school photographer will be used for students in grades 9-11 and for faculty members.  Because of publication deadlines and the possibility of students missing portrait day, the Citadel staff is not responsible for unavailable portraits of students.

Names of students who are not pictured will be listed at the end of the section with updated school lists at the time of publication based upon enrollment. The grade placement of student portraits will be determined by the student’s status at the time of publication around the end of the first marking period.  Grade designations will not be able to be changed after this point.

Photo omissions will occur for students or faculty with the submission of a written note at the beginning of each school year to the main office. The editorial board also reserves the right to review or omit questionable or inappropriate portraits.

Names in the mugs section will appear as the formal name supplied by the office.  Nicknames will not be utilized in the yearbook publication in the formal section of the yearbook. Portraits will consist of one individual only; no other person or props are permitted.


Yearbooks are for sale beginning in October through March, and the price will vary pending a varied rate plan that increases with each mailing that is sent out by Jostens.  If yearbooks are not pre-purchased, there is no guarantee that a student will be able to buy one at the end of the year, as a limited number of extras are ordered.

Exchanges can be made for books for minor flaws if no personalization or signatures have been acquired.  If writing has been made, all exchanges must be approved by the adviser (ex. Pages upside down, missing pages, etc.)

Proof of purchase must be presented by the buyer if there is no record by the staff.  This may come in the form of a purchase receipt from Jostens or a cancelled check.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a yearbook fundraiser during the first two weeks of school where they may earn money off their yearbook.  Each item sold earns $5 off the price of the yearbook.  A yearbook will be ordered for each student participating in the fundraiser and the student is responsible for the balance due by the end of January. Invoices will be sent out in November. Students who do not want a yearbook should not participate in the yearbook fundraiser. Students who do NOT participate in the yearbook fundraiser must purchase their yearbook directly from Jostens.  They may purchase by clicking here.

If a book is not claimed within a calendar year of publication, it will become the property of the JB Student Media and the cost of the book is forfeited.

If a student moves away from JBHS, they may pick up the yearbook in person in the front office or have it shipped to a designated address with proper contact information and $7 shipping fee.

Adapted from ©Whitney Student Media

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