Parker 7-22


scribe -  bema - yearbook


Bema is a club, and is published by more than a dozen Upper School students who solicit original works from their fellow classmates. The magazine features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, photography, art, and even music. Its editorial staff not only approaches artists and writers for submissions, they also create ads, vote on submissions for inclusion, and work with writers, artists, and photographers to finalize each piece for publication. The senior editorial staff has final say over the arrangement and layout of the various pieces in the publication.  

Bema has constantly earned the Highest Award in the nationwide Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM), an honor given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). PRESLM recognizes literary magazines made by students across the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American schools abroad. Only 26 magazines out of 371 submissions earned the distinguished Highest Honor award this year.


MIDDLE SCHOOL: In this course the worlds of photography and yearbook collide! Students learn the basics of digital photography while at the same time be a part of producing the school yearbook. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of photography, journalistic writing, graphic design, and production. Each yearbook is a time capsule of the school year from September to June, which highlights school events, sports teams, and class information. Students gain valuable skills such as graphic design, photography, collaboration, and working to meet deadlines.

UPPER SCHOOL: Yearbook is a student run operation that results in a 300-plus page book, often the recipient of multiple awards. Fall and winter are characterized by bursts of activity and movement, culminating in the final submission in early spring.  This class is known for its active, high-energy atmosphere, fueled by students who are engaged with the life of the school, and driven to recreate that in a well-designed book.


Upper school students have the very unique opportunity to be a part of the full-year journalism course, also known as The Scribe magazine. In the class, students will learn what it takes to be a modern-day journalist. They become proficient in interviewing, photography, writing, and graphic design for the magazine. It is written, edited, designed, and managed entirely by students. The Scribe has been the consistent recipient of the Columbia Gold National Scholar award.