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Students Bombarded By ‘New’ Cheshire High Senior Picture Regulation
by Brooke Fournier, 2019 (posted 10-28-18)

Ellie Murphy and Sean McKeown are debating the Cheshire High senior picture regulation. Cheshire High informed the senior class of 2019 of the ‘new’ senior picture regulation only a few short weeks ago. This regulation states, “Headshot – torso to above the head only, images will be cropped otherwise” (CHS Website). 

Seniors of Cheshire High were recently made aware that they are not allowed to upload a full-body shot for their senior photo, and if they do, it will be cropped by the yearbook committee. A current aggravated student, Ellie Murphy says, “I don’t like that idea. I think you can get a great photo and you can see the face and everything, full body. It is what the kids want. A lot of kids have that kind of picture, I don’t know why it has to change.” Murphy has used the photographer Joey Jones. The prices start at two-hundred dollars just to take the photo. This price does not include the actual photos. Keep in mind that the seniors were informed only a few weeks ago, after they have spent hundreds of dollars on photos. Some do not even have a picture that would fit the requirement. 

Sean McKeown, department leader of Cheshire High’s career and technical education department, overlooks the yearbook each year. McKeown declares that the actual purpose for this regulation is, “Visual consistency, but with the opportunity for individualization for the photo... we have more freedom for what we can submit versus other schools. This is a senior portrait, which is not a full body picture. Portrait photos are from head to waist. This regulation is only a crop from waist to head." Students of CHS are misunderstanding the definition of ‘portrait’, as these are the senior portraits that are being submitted. McKeown added, "there has to be visual consistency, with clear expectations, the eyeline has to be the same across the page.” This regulation is reasonably enforced for the consistency of portraits.