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Video Feature Gives Yearbooks A High-Tech Upgrade

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - As the school year comes to a close, yearbooks are being distributed.

This year, some of the books are not what you're used to because they aren't just filled with photos.

There is no doubt that high school yearbooks have come a long way over the years.

The 2014 Pine Richland High School yearbook is filled with photos, memorable moments and video.

"We have a football player scoring a touchdown, we have the school's lip dub video, we have the homecoming queen being crowned," yearbook sponsor Valerie Orwig said.

There are nearly two dozen videos throughout the book. To play them, students have to download a free app, then hold a smartphone or tablet over the photo marked with a little arrow in the corner.

The video feature is the latest, innovation to hit the yearbook market.

Only a handful of schools in the Pittsburgh area are taking advantage of it.

"Our parents only had pictures. Now, we have videos we can look at too and just remember things that much better when we're older. It's a really cool experience," senior David Randolph said.

"I think the videos actually take you back even more. You can revisit things better than you could just looking at the pictures. You can see the video, you can see the excitement and the students," yearbook editor Katrina Sanzi said.

Sanzi has been working on the yearbook for over a year. She said all of that hard work pays off on distribution day.

"It's my baby and I couldn't be more proud of it. But, yeah, it's definitely something I'll show my kids so they can see what life was like when I was in high school," she said.


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