Brainerd High School senior Stephanie Neugebauer has been told that she's a quick learner. Neugebauer, who participates in sports, said her coaches told her that she catches on quick. Now her yearbook adviser is saying the same thing.
"My coaches would say you tell her something once, she'll never forget it," Neugebauer said. "In Brainonian, it's the same thing. I like being on the computer. (Nancy) Evans will go over something and then I just teach myself how to do it. I play with it, and once I get it, I remember it."
Brainonian Adviser Nancy Evans said, "Though Stephanie waited until her senior year to join the yearbook staff, she's a quick learner and has a good eye for page design. Stephanie's pages are fun and appealing. Her photographic skills are strong, too, and she strives to capture natural shots instead of relying on posed pictures. As an adviser, I greatly appreciate that Stephanie is a self-directed, responsible worker who takes deadlines seriously."
Brainerd High School senior Stephanie Neugebauer worked on one of her pages in yearbook Monday. Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger
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For Neugebauer's work in yearbook, she was named Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Following is a question-and-answer session with Neugebauer.
What made you decide to join yearbook your senior year?
"I needed to take something different. I already take all the basics and I wanted to take a class where I could use my creativity, and I can do that in yearbook. Plus, I thought it'd be fun to create pages in the yearbook.
"I also took Fifth Street Journal for the first time this semester. It's like the same class, but different deadlines and layouts."
What do you think of the Brainonian?
"It's a fun class. Evans treats everyone like employees, not students. I like to be creative and be on my own and be more independent and have the space to do what I want."
How do you make your designs fun.?
Art focus: Brainonian.
Favorite subject: Science.
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Earning the best-page honor in Fifth Street Journal this semester.
Favorite TV program: "The King of Queens."
Favorite movie: "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."
Favorite book: "The Notebook."
Favorite song: "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney.
Favorite food: Pasta.
Favorite thing to do: Playing basketball and softball with family and friends.
Parents: Mark and Wendy Neugebauer of Brainerd.
"We have picture boxes and I move them around and play with the fonts and the headings. I'll play with the different sizes of pictures and rearrange them. Once I have the page I want I put the pictures in."
What is your proudest page?
"I did a page for the world languages and I did a box with four windows for each world language class. We have German, Spanish, French and sign language. I went to all four classes, took pictures and picked the best photo to go on the page. I titled the page 'Going around the world, just across the street,' since the classes are at the South Campus. The page really captures what the world languages are about; you kind of have to see it to know what I mean.
"I really stressed the colors on the page. I took a color out of the picture that was strong and used it as an accent for the photo."
Have you taken many photos before yearbook?
"I've always been a picture person. I have so many pictures. A photo is such a great thing to hold on to. It's a moment frozen in time."
How do you do your photos?
"I always tell the people I'm going to take a picture of to not look at me and to act like I'm not there. I think photos are better when they're candid and not posed. It shows what they're actually doing and they look more professional."
Do you have enough time to get your work done to meet the deadlines?
"We usually have two to two-and-a-half weeks to get our pages done. For me that's enough time. I do my own thing in class. I don't talk with people. I don't know them since I just came into the class. I also do my stuff for yearbook second hour because it's my open hour."
Do you help others with their deadlines?
"Well, if I'm done with my deadline and I still have time I'll continue to play with my pages to spice them up a bit. I'm more independent in class, but if someone wanted help, I'd help them. But there are other students in class who went to yearbook camp and have been in the class for a while so students normally will ask them for help."
What is your biggest strength in yearbook?
"My creativity and making things better ... Going beyond what I've done."
"Writing stories and coming up with creative titles."
Where are you at in the yearbook?
"We have a total of 232 pages and we've done about 60."
Zach Schneider, senior, orchestra: Schneider has been in chamber orchestra for three years, where he is the principle bass player and a class leader. He's been in all-conference orchestra for three years and he performs in small ensembles.
Cassandra Lee, junior, art: Lee's art adviser said, "Cassandra is an excellent craftsperson. She came up with some of the most provocative and creative design in metal arts."
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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