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Cardinal Connection

The student news site of Melissa High School

Cardinal Connection

The student news site of Melissa High School

Cardinal Connection

Yearbook Information

The Melissa High School Yearbook is an 8.5 x 11 inch hardback, full-color publication. Known as “The Legacy,” the book is released in May. Books are delivered in person during Distribution Day near the end of the spring semester. Students must sign out their books with an ID and may not pick up for a friend. From September 1 through May 1, the book is available for purchase via the Herff Jones website,, while quantities last. After May 1, books are only available if extras are delivered. There is no guarantee that students will be able to purchase a book after May 1. Extras will be sold first come first served for $75 cash or check after main distribution.

While we strive to include as many students as possible throughout a variety of programs, please be aware that on a campus of approximately 1,800 students, it is impossible to highlight them all in a 220-page book.

Students and parents may submit photos directly to the staff for possible inclusion in the yearbook.

Senior Portraits

Our official school photographer is CADY Studios. All seniors must have their photo taken by CADY to be included in the yearbook. The deadline to be photographed is January 15, 2024. Appointments can be booked directly on CADY’s website at Seniors can drive to their nearest studio in Plano for the most options, or they can take advantage of one of three “road shoots” at Melissa High School on Sept. 20, Nov. 8 or Jan. 10. Scene options are limited during road shoots.

For students wanting a “yearbook only” photo, there is no sitting fee. (Scroll to the bottom of CADY’s web page for this option when making an appointment.) This photo can be taken in studio or at one of the road shoots on campus, but seniors must still make an appointment through CADY.

Schedule an Appointment with CADY



Senior Ads

Only available to seniors, ADs will go on sale starting October 1, 2023, and run through February 1, 2024. Ads may be purchased starting Oct. 1 at Spaces come in full, half, quarter and eighth-page options.

Senior AD Pricing

Full page – $300; includes a message and up to 10 photos

Half page – $200; includes a message and up to six photos

Quarter page – $100; includes a message and up to four photos

Eighth page – $50; includes a message and up to two photos

Purchase a Senior Ad


School Pictures

Our official school photographer is CADY Studios. School Picture Day for 9th-11th grade students is scheduled for September 27, and the Retake Day will be November 1. Students must be photographed on one of these dates to be included in the yearbook.

Pictures can be ordered online at Save $10 on packages by pre-ordering before Picture Day.






How much are yearbooks?

The “Early Cardinal Special” runs until Sept. 30 for $60 and includes one line of FREE name stamping. The price increases to $65 from Oct. 1 until Nov. 30. The price from Dec. 1 until Jan. 31 is $70, and then the final price for the yearbook after Feb. 1 is $75. Orders close when we are sold out or May 1, whichever occurs first. Extra books upon delivery in May are not guaranteed.

Did I order a yearbook?

Search your email for a receipt from Herff Jones. Books sold through come with an emailed receipt. If you are unsure, you may email the adviser Rachel Nelson ([email protected]).

When will I receive my yearbook order?

Books will arrive on campus in May at which point a date for distribution will be posted across our social media accounts and official school outlets.

I didn’t pick up my book, now what?

Orders that were not picked up on Distribution Day will be available in Room #A136 (inside the library) until the end of the school year and then left in the front office during the summer. Bring proof of purchase in the form of your email receipt along with an ID.

I forgot to order a book, are there extras?

Extra books are sold for $75 cash or check only after distribution. These copies are first come first served and are not reserved. Order a yearbook now to avoid heartache.

Does my Senior Ad include a book?

No, unfortunately, a yearbook must be purchased separately. It is not included with a Senior Ad.

How do I purchase a Senior Ad?

Senior Ad Sales will open Oct. 1, 2023, and run through February 1, 2024. You will visit to build and purchase your ad. After Sept. 1, you can start a Senior Ad and continue working on it, but it must be finished and purchased by the Feb. 1, 2024, deadline.

What happens if I miss Picture Day?

While we strive to include every student in the book, students who miss Picture Day and Retake Day will be excluded from the final version. Seniors who do not sit for a portrait with CADY will not be included in the yearbook.

Still have questions?

Email the yearbook adviser Rachel Nelson at [email protected].

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