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DREAM B16: The Class of 2016 has a tremendous year ahead

08/21/2015 02:29PM ● Published by Aubray Onderik

By: Grant Bennett


From the time we started school, our main objective in life was to get to our high school graduation day. Through homework, sporting events and ceremonies, we are often reminded how special that day is going to be to us. Graduation has become a cherished American occasion and even though the roads to get there vary, the accomplishment itself can never be undervalued.

         Ever since we set foot into our respective high schools we’ve tried to prove to the administration, faculty and our peers that our class is special. As freshmen, we were known as the “babies on campus” and though many of us resented that label, there was often a comfort found in knowing that we had time to experience high school for what it is. Various upperclassmen took us under their wing and showed us the ropes around our new home and in many ways shaped our lives. We experienced our first ball games, homecoming celebrations and memorable high school moments. This made our transition into being a sophomore a lot easier because with a year under our belt, we began our journey as true individuals. Our identity changed because we were no longer the youngest in the school, but we still had a long way to go before we were the top dogs. Most of our friends from middle school had finally arrived and we began to help them get accustomed to high school. Before we knew it, we finally became upperclassmen and were eagerly awaiting our time to be at the top of the chain. Most of us began to compete on varsity athletic teams and took on leadership roles in our after-school programs. College tours, the SAT and scholarships were becoming reoccurring topics. As juniors, most of us experienced our most challenging year academically and had more pressure on us than the first two years combined in an effort to try to prepare for our senior year and college.

As stressful as senior year can be emotionally, it also can take a toll on you physically. For nearly three years, our days have consisted of going to our high school and keeping up with our day to day routine. In the coming year, many aspects of our lives are going to change. The thought that many of us are getting ready to separate from our childhood friends, family, and familiar settings can be very scary. As seniors we tend to get excited when we think about college, the military or other plans for after high school; however, there can always be the slightest feeling of uncertainty simply because we don’t know what the future holds for us. For many seniors the time they’ve spent in high school so far has positively shaped them for real world scenarios.

 George Crawley, a rising senior at E.E Smith High School said “My family along with certain teachers and counselors have given me so much support and love. They've always instilled in me the work ethic and desire to attain the highest level education possible and always do my best, even when it may seem difficult.” He continued, “They've taught me not only academic lessons to prepare me for college, but also life lessons to prepare me for my life after school. It’s given me confidence in myself and the mindset that no goal I set is unattainable as long as I work hard for it.” Jack Britt’s Disha Patel in a similar statement said, “The fact that you're surrounded by people who are interested in education and personal well-being is wonderful. They encourage you to be the best you can be while promoting healthy competition.”

Being a senior in this day and age has a distinct feel to it. In a world where a tweet can spread an idea worldwide in less than a second, the class of 2016 has unique characteristics that separate us from others. Social media has been my generation’s primary source of sharing historic moments throughout our lifetime. Whether it was hallway gossip or world news, you can stay connected with your surroundings by just checking your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. The newest trends, apps and music have always been just clicks away from being in our possession. Schools have also evolved with society leaving the overhead projectors and chalkboards in the past. In classrooms of today, students and teachers have utilized resources such as the smart board, laptops, iPads and clickers. It’s gotten to the point where certain standardized tests are taken on computers. With all of these advancements in society, the true test still lies in front of all seniors of how we utilize our resources and take advantage of them.

Regardless of what the future has in store for us, we do know that we can only experience being a senior one time. We need to live this upcoming year to the fullest and make our final high school memories count.


A Day in the Life of E.E. Smith Senior George Crawley

6:39 a.m.: I wake up. One minute before my alarm sounds and my body chooses to wake up, denying me that extra minute of blissful sleep. After my shower I cover the basics, brush my hair, get dressed, eat and brush my teeth.

7:44 a.m.: I arrive at the bus stop just in time to realize that I’ve missed the bus. Now… it’s back to the house to get a ride from my parents.

8:30 a.m.: I’ve just made it to my first period class in time to hear the announcement begin and eventually end in the all too familiar phrase, “Respect self, respect others, respect tradition. We are GOLDEN BULLS.”

10:00 a.m.: As I transition from first period (AP Physics) to second period (AP Calculus), I talk to my friends in the hallway, stop by the rooms of past teachers and say hey and text everyone back who I couldn’t during class.

12:30 p.m.: I’m in third period now, watching the clock, waiting to be dismissed to lunch. The lunch ladies are really cool. I encourage any freshmen to always be polite to them and speak when possible, they just might give you a few extra fries some days.

3:00 p.m.: The countdown begins. I check the clock every five minutes, until dismissal.

3:30 p.m.: While many students get on the bus and go home, I walk to my old AP Language and Composition teacher’s room for forensics practice. I work on my debate framework for about an hour and then leave the school.

4:30 p.m.: Now, I’m at FSU where I’ll work in the biochemistry lab doing research for about three hours. I’m expecting to have a professional publication by the time I leave Fayetteville for college.

8:00 p.m.: I get home and eat dinner, spend time with my grandparents and then do some homework and studying for school. I’ll also read my bible and any scientific papers my mentor, Dr. Nagdas, gives me to read.

10:00 p.m.: After a long day I’m finally able to get back in bed and fall asleep. My favorite part of the day!

18 Hours with Jack Britt Senior Disha Patel

6:00 a.m.: I wake up to my annoying alarm clock. It sounds like a fire engine that never ceases.

6:30 a.m.: I start getting dressed which is the hardest part of the morning, I sit on my bed, open my closet and debate a long 15 minutes on the outfit of the day which usually ends up being a t-shirt and some jeans. Pretty basic.

7:00 a.m.: More sitting on my bed, mornings are lazy central at my house. Everyone is a character out of The Walking Dead.

7:20 a.m.: Time to take my adorable little sister to school, as well as go to school myself.

8:30 a.m.: The absorbance of random information, teenage drama and your daily run-ins with stereotypical teenagers begin. It is also known as high school.

11:50 a.m.: Everyone’s favorite part of the day! Lunch. It is pretty self explanatory. Everyone loves food and food is the sole purpose of living.

3:30 p.m.: The highlight of everyone’s day: school is officially done, but the traffic getting out adds another 45 gruesome minutes.

4:15 p.m.: I am home and I can have my afternoon snack and start on the hours and hours of homework that teachers give to us.

5:00 p.m.: Somewhat done with a little piece of my homework.

6:00 p.m.: Time for dinner and more food!

9:30 p.m.: I am done with homework and time to try to go to sleep, just kidding more time for Netflix.

12:30 p.m: Crap! I have school tomorrow, should probably go to sleep.

The Daily Timetable of Alaina Peters

6:00 a.m.: I am awakened by my alarm clock… BEEPBEEPBEEP. It is early and the sun is still sleeping. As I lay in bed, I think about the year that lies ahead of me. As I start to doubt the existence of graduation, I remind myself that it’s not too far away.

6:30 a.m.: I am tired. I make my way downstairs to gulp down a HUGE coffee and press play on the “Today’s Christian Hits” radio to begin my morning worship.

7:15 a.m.: As I step into the shower, I am awakened by the sweet smell of my lovely homemade Pinterest inspired sugar scrub (DIY recipe below).

7:30 a.m.: Just like any other day, I am running late. I have 20 minutes until I need to leave the house. Looks like today will be a jeans and t-shirt day!

7:50 a.m.: It’s time to leave, but wait, I need to eat. I hurry for my yummy, healthy and homemade “Oh-yeah PB&C” protein bars (recipe below) and stash a few in a Ziploc bag.

8:30 a.m.: As I make my way to the crowded school parking lot, I take a deep breath and remind myself. “Senior year… you can do this.”

12:00 p.m.: “Alright everyone, clear your desk…” What is this? What is going on? A nuclear war begins in my head as my teacher proclaims these words. “We had a test today?!”

1:00 p.m.: Lunch time! I will probably have vending machine popcorn…

2:00 p.m.: Almost there…

3:30 p.m.: The glorious school bell rings to signal my long awaited sovereignty.





“Oh-yeah PB&C” Protein Bars




1/2 cup Peanut Butter

1/2 cup honey

2/3 cup oats

2.5 scoops protein powder of choice

2 tbsp. water (if needed)

2/3 cup chocolate chips




Melt PB over medium heat on the stove, add in honey with melted PB.

Once combined, add oats gradually and stir. Once added, incorporate protein powder.

In a pie pan, place bars and shape.

Melt the chocolate chips and pour over bars.

Put in refrigerator forone hour.

Take out, cut, enjoy!

Brown Sugar Coconut Sugar Scrub




2 parts brown sugar

1-part coconut oil




In a bowl, add coconut oil and melt in microwave.

Slowly add brown sugar until a paste begins to form.


With your fingers, spread over face and body in a circular motion to clear and exfoliate skin.  Keep away from eyes.

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