Farmer Focus: Senior Sandy Cartagena

‘I liked the passion everyone else had and I wanted to know what that was all about.’


Edna Hernandez

"We are all pretty close in yearbook, like a big family. Everybody helps each other and we have each other’s backs."

This week’s Farmer Focus is on yearbook design editor Sandy Cartagena.


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Q: What made you interested in being on the yearbook staff?

A: “A friend of mine in ninth grade had an application for yearbook and she was like ‘Do you want in?’ I was like ‘Yeah.’”

Q: What made you stay in yearbook?

A: “I like the passion everyone else had, and I wanted to know what that was all about. When I first got into the class I instantly fell in love with the positive vibes I got from everyone.” 

Q: What is your favorite part about being in yearbook?

A: “I like having access to everything like where people’s classes are and going [to] games for free. I liked how many positive people I’ve met in the class and made tons of friends.”

Q: What is it like to be a yearbook editor?

A: “Being a design editor is always stressful, but it’s really fun to be an editor. I am on really good terms with the editors and the teacher, Mrs. Hayes. Being a yearbook editor has more responsibility but the satisfaction of helping people helps me get through the stress.”

Q: What was the most stressful part of yearbook?

A: “I am a design editor so the most stressful part is designing every single page in the yearbook. If I don’t do my job, then the other editors have to wait until I am done so they can start their work.”

Q: What type of relationship do you have with the other staff members in yearbook?

A: “We are all pretty close in yearbook, like a big family. Everybody helps each other and we have each other’s backs.”

Q: Who has been the biggest inspiration in yearbook for you?

A: “My editor-in-chief, Leyla, and my teacher, Mrs. Hayes. Leyla helps me stay focused even when I don’t want to work sometimes. She is great at helping me stay motivated and focused on work. Mrs. Hayes has so much trust in us, like she is letting me be in her room right now without her even being here. She trusts me enough to get my work done without supervision.”

Q: What is expected of you in yearbook?

A: “Meeting my deadlines and making sure I stay focused on my work so the other editors can do their jobs properly. I am also expected to keep focused even when I don’t have much to do that day.”

Q: How was your overall experience in yearbook?

A: “It was good, even though it is really stressful and a lot of work, it’s actually really fun to be a part of yearbook. I got to meet a lot of good people that made a huge impact in my life.”