Rose Hill High School students eagerly flipped through their yearbooks as they picked them up at Monday's lunch period.
But they weren't pulling out colorful, sparkly pens or flipping through pages to find the perfect spot to sign a friend's yearbook. In fact, some didn't even look up from their laptops.
It's not like the yearbook message will be the last they'll be writing to friends until next school year. They instead have Facebook and cell phones to keep in touch throughout the summer.
"They don't really need to write a goodbye letter to you or anything," said sophomore Andrea Burghardt, business manager for the yearbook.
This week is the last week of school for several area school districts. Today is the last day of school for Wichita district students.
As the school year comes to a close, students don't see much reason for goodbye when they will be electronically connected all the time.
"I get one every year and sometimes pass it around for good friends to sign it," Andrea said. "After that, it goes in a box."
But yearbooks do capture memories in a unique way. For example, Facebook photos are only of friends outside of school, students said.
"Most of these, we didn't know were taken," junior Haley Stiles said while flipping through the thin purple book titled "A Perfect 10."
"They're with different people — not friends you hang out with."
Rose Hill students have received some type of yearbook since kindergarten, and signing is considered so middle school, they say.
"It's a competition in middle school to see who's most popular" by having the most signatures, Andrea said.
She said about half of the high school's 500 students ordered yearbooks, which cost roughly $60 each.
Seniors received a disc with digital photos of prom. But only about half of the seniors received a yearbook, down from more than 80 percent a few years ago, said Mark Blauser, the yearbook adviser.
He's worried the only thing students will say goodbye to is the yearbook.
"Maybe we just don't need a yearbook," Blauser said.
Some students still found the book irreplaceable.
"I want to hang on to it when I go to college — to remember," said junior Travis Mitchell, who said he wants some of his friends to sign his yearbook to help preserve the memories.
Sophomore Rachelle George had an even more old-fashioned attitude.
"It's a book and you could hold it," she said.