TRINITY — Sublime. Relentless. Beyond. Swagger. Accomplished.
These are just some of the words on the half black, half transparent cover of this year's Stampede, Mitchell High's yearbook.
The words "Too Legit," the annual's theme, are etched down the acrylic plastic side.
"It's just bold, to the point and this is who we are and we're not slowing down kind of thing," said 17-year-old Sarah Page, yearbook co-editor-in-chief.
Page, a senior and four-year Stampede staff member, said the editors wanted a theme that shouted that although it's still one of the newer high schools in the county, students there have been quick to make an impression.
This year especially, Page said, with it becoming an A-graded school for the first time.
Hours after all 804 yearbooks arrived at the school Thursday, she finally got a glimpse of what she and her staff have been working toward since the summer.
"I almost cried," she said Friday. "It was just breathtaking."
That seemed to be the consensus of the members of the Class of 2011 who flooded into the school cafeteria shortly after 2 p.m. Friday to pick up their yearbooks at the annual signing party.
Carter Miller, 17, was one of the first to snatch up a copy of his long-awaited senior yearbook. He didn't even sit down before quickly flipping through its pages and stopping at last year's prom page. He chuckled.
"It's kind of exciting and a fun way to end the year," said Miller, who is going to Florida Gulf Coast University. "Everybody looks forward to getting the yearbook. They do a good job with it."
Nearby, Michael Sudler, 17, sat at a table soaking up the atmosphere.
"It's a nice moment because it's one of the last times we'll all be together as a class," he said, yearbook closed in front of him.
A two-year varsity football player, he plans to study criminal justice at Florida Gulf Coast University before becoming a law enforcement officer.
School Resource Officer Cpl. Joe Koehler walked by Sudler and offered him an ice cream sandwich, which he declined.
"This kid's a natural leader," Koehler said. "I'm looking forward to working beside him one day."
Sudler smiled and contemplated that thought for a moment.
"That was nice," he said.
A few tables away as the crowd of seniors thinned out, Ashley Smith, 18, said she had only gotten four signatures so far and worried if there would be time to get those she wanted before graduating and heading to the University of Florida.
"I want to get the really beautiful, romantic things from my best friends," she said, laughing.
She has spent bits and pieces of the entire year collecting moments in her head, she said.
"I say, I am going to put that in their yearbook," she said of the memories she's captured.
As a former yearbook staffer, she appreciates the hard work put into the 352-page book.
"I think it looks really, really good," she said.
Moments earlier at another table, Nicole Misener, 18, had discovered her mother's surprise. Well, sort of.
Awhile back, she had figured out that her mother created a special page to celebrate her high school years, but this was the first time she'd seen it. Page 253 is all hers. It's a collage of Misener's photographs through the years with family and friends, including a large portrait of her wearing her favorite straw cowboy hat. A special message written from her mother reads in part: "We say watch out world here comes Nicole Misener."
"My mom always says, 'You need to be prepared to go out in the world.' And I'm like, 'The world has to be prepared for me.' "