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Year in Review

A website screenshot of students at their graduation is displayed. The title reads, "Remembering Graduation Year: The Top 10 songs of 1973."

This coming year marks the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school. Wowzer! Where did the time go? I find myself in random moments of nostalgia, remembering a time of warm Florida lunches shared by my circle of friends on the grassy quad of our high school campus. My inbox has had its share of reminders of the events planned for our 50th reunion in October 2023, which have caused me to reminisce on that year in 1973. What the world was like for us back then? I have a very distinct memory of sitting in a government class and pondering what the year 1999 would be like two years after the British handed over control of Hong Kong to The People’s Republic of China in 1997. How were things going to be different? I don’t know why I landed on the year 1999 in my musings in class, or why I still remember it so vividly, but I do.

My high school yearbook Towayam, from the indigenious COOS tribal language meaning Beloved by All2, was a wildly comprehensive annual. Sports, student life, academics, co-curriculars, and off campus events and activities made up the content of the book. Color photography was showcased. It was one of the first years for such an extravagant addition. Many spreads were devoted to the use of color. The humbler black and white photography and layout designs were still the backbone of the yearbook, but the Towayam was cutting edge.

Lucy McHugh's yearbook cover from 1973. It has a cream colored cover with a small sphere in the right corner. In medium text it reads, "Towayam '73."
I was curious about the world then, and I would like to have had a reference to look back to in my future years.

However stunning and sweeping the Towayam was, it did lack something that is glaringly apparent these 50 years out–I have no national or global context for the year of my graduation. I was curious about the world then, and I would like to have had a reference to look back to in my future years. Now, in hindsight some 50 years later, I realize how important and meaningful a year-in-review feature would have been.

At United Yearbook, our “Year In Review'' comes in a gatefold format rather than a (traditional) spread

Thankfully, United Yearbook Printing is offering such a service to you today! As a company, we thoroughly understand that yearbooks evoke memories of a particular time and place. United Yearbook Printing is providing a way to reflect on those memories through a “Year In Review” spread. It highlights important events that happened in and outside of your school throughout the past 12 months. At United Yearbook, our “Year In Review'' comes in a gatefold format rather than a (traditional) spread, complete with an adhesive strip placed near the gutter so students can easily attach it to their yearbook. A “Year In Review'' gatefold can easily complement the content of your school yearbook while also acting as a great tool to raise yearbook budget funds.

Our “Year In Review” covers:

News & World Events

Pop Culture


Social Media Trends


And more!

Parents will be drawn to make this additional purchase of a supplemental insert to remind their son or daughter of the influential events of the year that shaped their world and perspective. Schools can choose a customized version to further elaborate how the student body was affected by trends, news and events. This feature can be used as a marketing tool–the first 100 yearbooks purchased during a yearbook sales drive get the supplement for free!

Click the image below to download a PDF flier to use for marketing purposes.

The year in review flyer is featured here. It shows 2022 in the rearview mirror. It goes on to explain the different features we are including in our year in review.

Year In Review Flier
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With the “Year in Review” supplement, your graduates will have a head start understanding the impact their culture and their world have had on them in their graduation year. In the future, as they reflect 50 years from now, they will be reminded of the unique circumstances and societal impacts of the year they graduated.

As always, United Yearbook Printing is innovative in its services and endeavors to create value for its advisers and their staff. Please do not hesitate to follow up with the “Year In Review” promotion. We will happily provide the level of customization your staff would enjoy.

Contributor: Lucy McHugh comes to United Yearbook Printing from a 39-year career in public and private school education. She was a former visual art teacher and yearbook adviser. She received a Bachelors of Science in Art from Columbia College in Columbia, SC, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska in 2000, and in 2014 earned a Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from Loyola Marymount University. Lucy enjoys her family, making art and gardening.

Editor: Donna Ladner obtained a B.A. in Education and a minor in English from California Baptist University, and a M.S. in ESL from USC, Los Angeles. After she married Daniel, their family moved to Indonesia with a non-profit organization and lived cross-culturally for 15 years before returning to the U.S in 2012. Donna has been working as an editor and proofreader for TSE Worldwide Press and its subsidiary, United Yearbook since 2015.

1Crofford, L. (2013, May 23). Remembering graduation year: The top 10 songs of 1973. Mix 94.1. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from

2Zhulin, A. & D. Larionov (n.d.). Circular of information regarding Indian popular names online. Read the eBook Circular of information regarding Indian popular names by Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnol online for free. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from

3Daoust, P. (n.d.). Facebook. Winter Park High School in Remembrance . Retrieved November 30, 2022, from


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