MOORHEAD – Students who worked on the Moorhead High School yearbook learned a hard lesson this week in the importance of proofreading, as hundreds of final printed copies of the 2013 yearbook arrived with the misspelling “Moorehead” on the cover.
The mistake slipped past an adviser and two classes of students who worked on the yearbook last year. They finalized it after graduation before sending it to Jostens to be printed this summer, Moorhead school officials said.
“They proofed the book and the cover, and they missed it,” district spokeswoman Pam Gibb said. “I don’t know that there’s much we can do now. It’s a mistake, and it was made.”
The district can’t afford to reprint the yearbooks, which annually cost about $20,000 to $21,000 to produce, Gibb said, noting that final invoices haven’t been paid yet for the 2013 yearbook. Sales of the 2013 book have totaled about $19,000 so far, she said.
Moorhead High Principal Dave Lawrence said he doesn’t know exactly how many books were produced or how many students worked on the yearbook because he hasn’t heard back yet from the yearbook’s adviser. Gibb said the school isn’t granting interviews with the adviser.
The two classes that worked on the yearbook, one during each semester, consisted of seniors, juniors and sophomores, Lawrence said.
Lawrence said he shares the blame for not proofreading the yearbook as assistant principal last year.
Moorhead High students had mixed reactions to the typo.
“Well, it’s just kind of common. Sometimes you think of ‘more’ as in ‘m-o-r-e’ and you’d think there’s an ‘e’ at the end,” sophomore Emily Otto said.
“I just think it’s really weird that they misspelled the town that they live in,” sophomore Jason Wentzell said.
Junior Zach Arends said it’s “kind of sad they can’t spell our city’s name right” and that he didn’t think it accurately reflected Moorhead High, while senior Noorya Alomar called it “a silly mistake.”
Lawrence and Gibb said there’s been preliminary discussion about possibly using a high-quality, adhesive label to cover up the mistake.
“Whether or not we’re able to find something to do that’s cost-effective, we just started exploring that,” Gibb said. “I just know that people feel very bad about what happened.”