The Storm Yearbook

  • You wouldn’t know by the looks of our young and energetic staff, but the Storm Yearbook is one of the oldest student-run publications on campus, dating back to DVHS' first year in 1996! And we’re committed to preserving DVHS' rich history and tradition for the many years to come. 

    Yearbook consists of a very enthusiastic and diverse group of students. We work hard every day of the year from the A156 Computer Lab to bring you one of the best student publications in the country – Storm Yearbook! 

    Our team is divided into two staffs, each with its own set of responsibilities and goals. We offer training in each of our staffs and take applicants during the spring semester. If you’re interested in joining any of the following staffs and have a passion for excellence and creativity, we encourage you to apply in the Spring semester!
    Classroom: A156  *   Phone: (480) 706-7900 ext. 71156  *    email:
    Our mission is to create publications for students, about students, with help from students. We want to involve you in the decision-making and include you in the experience. After all, it’s your book, your newspaper and your website. We just make it.

    Our process is to brainstorm, conduct research, read, look, listen, ask, explore and do everything possible to bring our school the best possible yearbook. We ask what you want and we try to deliver. We submit the book 100 percent digitally and our printing company, Jostens, prints it. We like chronological coverage, interactivity, alternative story forms and getting students into the book as many times as possible. We like to be journalistic and to develop our concept in innovative ways. We know our readers don’t really care about those last two parts, but we do.

    Room A156 is a fun place. From theme parties and crazy amounts of food to deadline stress and Post-It notes, it’s a great place to be part of something big.

    Students interested in yearbook start with Digital Communications 1-2. It’s an elective class for technology credit in the CTE Communication Media Technology department. You can take this at any grade level, and you’ll learn a little bit about interviewing, reporting, design, photography, concept, coverage and how yearbook works. You’ll get to contribute to the book and decide whether to apply for a position on staff the following year.

    Digital Communications 3-8 is publications class, and the staff is usually comprised of 30 students in grades 10-12. Sometimes students have special circumstances that enable them to go directly to yearbook without taking Digi-Comm 1 (Did you take photo? graphic comm?), so if you think you have sufficient background and you’re ready for the advanced publications class, e-mail Mrs. Coro at

    What do we do, exactly? Well, it’s a lot of work. We won’t lie. But it’s also a lot of fun and something to remember forever. Here’s some of what we do:

    - report on things happening at DVHS and in students’ lives outside of school
    - conduct interviews, polls, surveys and market research
    - shoot digital photos video too
    - use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere and Adobe InDesign
    - create and implement marketing and sales plans
    - handle advertisements and design business ads
    - write stories, headlines, captions and alternative copy forms
    - edit pages for consistency and style
    - produce Storm yearbook, View Newspaper, social media and

    And we also:
    - attend local, state and national journalism conferences and yearbook workshops
    - eat, play, laugh and much more!


    When life gives you memories, make yearbooks!

    That's our motto at Desert Vista High School Storm Yearbook, an annual published each spring by Jostens in Visalia, CA. It contains more than 360 pages and contains seven sections: Opening, Student Life, Classes, Academics, Clubs, Sports,and Ads/Index. Each summer the yearbook staff travels to the University of San Diego to participate in Josten's Summer Workshop. The cover, theme, and overall book design is planned at this workshop.

    The staff meets daily during 3rd and 4th periods to unleash their creative energies and design a yearbook which reflects Desert Vista's unique students and activities.

    Seniors Ads * FINAL DEADLINE *  Dec. 31

    (click link to the Sr. Ad Creation site)

    How to place a Senior Ad - PLEASE NOTE - THE PROCESS HAS CHANGED!

    If you need assistance, please contact the Yearbook Adviser: Michelle Coro: 480-706-7900 or

    Additional Types of Advertising (if space is available)

    Friendship ads feature two or more friends who share the space and cost of an ad. Some friends go back to the days of kindergarten. Others built lasting friendships through teams and groups. Split the cost and take this opportunity to purchase a page of the yearbook where friends rule. A full page ad can feature up to 16 photos! View the ad designs or contact the staff for details.

    Regardless of the occasion, your group ad can provide a great way to recognize a student or event that our staff may not otherwise be able to cover.

    Questions & Answers about senior photography for the yearbook.

    Q. Who needs their picture taken?

    A. Everyone expecting to graduate and appear in the senior section of the yearbook.

    Q. Who is the only official DVHS senior photographer?

    A. Lou Coopey Photography 480-830-5667.

    Q. Where are the studios?

    A. 202 North Lindsay Road in Mesa, (one block north of Main Street).

    Q. Why do we all go to one photographer?

    A. There are two reasons. First, we want all of the senior pictures to match. Second, Lou

    Coopey Photography is by far the best senior photo studio in the state. They supply, free of

    charge, all of the photos, materials and services needed to produce our yearbook. Without their

    generous support, we could not afford to publish a yearbook at all. Remember, the only

    compensation the studio receives, comes from the sale of senior portraits. We hope you will show

    your appreciation and support the studio.

    Q. What does a portrait session consist of?

    A. Check out all of your options in the “Senior Portrait Sessions” brochure.

    Q. What should I bring to my photo session?

    A. Everyone should come to the studio dressed in a formal outfit for at least a couple of poses.

    Boys, for example should bring a shirt, tie and jacket. If you don’t have them, the studio has loaners. If you wish to bring additional outfits you may. For additional clothing suggestions, contact the student to receive a “Senior Portrait Sessions” brochure.


    Q. When do I have my portrait taken?

    A. During the summer, BEFORE school starts. The yearbook staff has confirmed an appointment for you.


    Q. When do I have my portrait taken?

    A. During the summer, BEFORE school starts. The yearbook staff has confirmed an appointment for you.

    Note: If you can’t make your appointment, call Lou Coopey’s Studio IMMEDIATELY to reschedule - 480-830-5667. Don’t wait until the last minute.) DON’T BE LEFT OUT!



    Q. Why do pictures need to be taken so early in my senior year?

    A. Yearbooks are printed in several sections throughout the year. The senior section is the first section the yearbook publisher requires us to send. In the spring, when all of the sections are finished, the publisher puts on the covers and delivers the finished yearbooks to the school.



    Q. Wait, what if I have more questions?

    A. Don’t call the school - Lou Coopey and his staff are expecting you and they have all the answers.

    Call them at 480-830-5667.


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