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Leaving Your Mark in the Yearbook

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Back in the day, like when your parents were in high school, signatures were simple and short. “Bye, Tommy. Math class wouldn’t have been as much fun without you.” Love, Susie. Flash forward to the 80’s and 90’s when an entire page or pages was reserved for your best friend(s) to sign your book and you’ll see that cataloging every experience you had together was more common and what once took several class periods now took hours and even days to get all of your friends to sign your book.

While the increased usage of social media has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with your friends, there is something special about the messages that have been forever captured in your friends handwriting in your yearbook. Time and time again, you will reach for that book on your shelf and browse the pages — maybe right along side your Facebook page — to see how friends have changed, remember those who are gone and celebrate all of the things that happen after high school. But it’s those little notes that your friends left you that remain a permanent reminder of who you were in high school and what you meant to them.

So now you find yourself thinking about what you want to write in your friend’s yearbooks and you’re stumped. What can you write that won’t sound trite 10, 20 or 30 years from now. Stop overthinking and start writing. Conjur up your most favorite memories of them and go from there. Maybe something like, “I’m sorry, but it was too funny when Coach Smith gave you a hard time all day, every day. You know you deserved it. Haha! Have a great summer, dude. Get ready to gear up for football practice in a few weeks.”

If you’re truly stumped, give these suggestions a try.

Yearbook Messages to your…

Best friend

  • Sarah (aka B.F.F for life) – I am so glad we grew so close this year! From 3rd block geometry to Friday night football games and everything in between, we definitely had too much fun! Can’t wait for all the adventures with you this summer!
  • You are the best friend anyone could ask for! Thanks for putting up with me and making me laugh no matter what. Can’t wait for the beach trip this summer!
  • We started high school as best friends and now we’re heading separate ways for college. Where did all this time go?! I will miss you like crazy, but we’ll only be four hours apart and Christmas break will be here before you know it. Anyways… we have all summer. Let’s make the most of it!
  • I’ll never forget meeting you the very first day of 8th grade. Who knew we would grow so close? These four years of high school flew by! Who knows what the real world holds for us… YIKES!
  • I am so excited you got accepted to State! I know that was your dream school, and you will wear the red oh so well. Best of luck and study hard!
  • This year was so much fun and I’m so glad we’re still friends after all this time. I’m kinda sad your family is moving, but it won’t be so bad. I hear California is warm and sunny all the time! Good luck out there and keep in touch!

Friendly competition

  • So… maybe you did sell more cookie dough than me during the fundraiser, but I’m so glad we got to cheer together this year. I’m looking forward to another season with you. Have a great summer! See you at camp in August!
  • Speech and Debate club was awesome this year. Even though we didn’t always see eye to eye, it was a good time. (By the way, we let you team win that one time.) See you next year for more issues to debate!


  • These four years wouldn’t have been the same without you by my side. We are the ultimate high school sweethearts, and now we’re off to college together. Xoxo!
  • You make my life fun! I can’t imagine junior year without you and your antics, humor and sweet gestures. Love you!

General friends

  • H.A.G.S. Don’t forget me!
  • AP English was tough, but I’m glad we got to know each other a little better. You always kept class interesting. Have an awesome summer!
  • Spanish wouldn’t have been the same without you. You always kept everyone laughing. Enjoy your summer, and maybe we’ll end up in Spanish 2 together!

What NOT to write in your friend’s yearbooks

It should go without saying, but just in case you are forgetful, it’s important to remember that other people, i.e. parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. may be reading what you wrote in your friends’s books so use good common sense so that they aren’t offended at what you wrote about their loved one. No one will appreciate the use of any profanity or “inside jokes” that are inappropriate.

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