Citadel comes full circle


In April of last year, yearbook staff members decided the theme of Irvine High School’s 2021-2022 yearbook to be Coming Full Circle.

Refraction, the theme from the previous year, included holographic features to represent finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Assistant editor and junior Anabelle Wu describes this year’s yearbook as that light. 

“We were trying to think of a theme that encompasses the way we’re returning back to normalcy this year,” Wu said. “Our design elements incorporated a lot of circles and colors to embody the happiness of coming back.”

Returning from online school to yearbook with a majority of new staff members proved to be quite challenging. However, lessons on editing photos and late nights trying to meet deadlines made the group stronger.

“It was a transition period for them,” yearbook advisor Tom Ricci said. “With Ms. Perales leaving and me coming in, things were different. At the beginning, we had our growing pains where we had to work through things, but once we got on the same page, they rocked it.”

There will be a yearbook signing party in the Practice gym on Friday, May 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This will be a chance for students to receive their yearbooks before everyone else, eat food and spend time with friends. An end of the year video made by ITV will be shown as well. The video can also be watched by scanning a QR code that is located on the inside of the yearbook cover.

“Our ITV staff has been working so hard throughout the entire year to create a virtual yearbook,” anchor and senior Yoni Cohen said in the “Happily Ever After” broadcast. “It’s going to have everything from rallies to sporting events to dances.”

Yearbooks are finalized and will continue to be sold up until the last day of instruction.

They are currently on sale for $130 at early bird pricing and are set to increase as the last day of school approaches. They can be purchased on the Irvine High School webstore or at the attendance window during break, lunch or before school with cash or debit card only.