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Billy Stepp

What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Georgia College, Sewanee and Birmingham Southern.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Anna Kate Johnson.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In third grade at lunch, I drank 13 cartons of milk solely because Josh Price told me I couldn’t. Apparently 12 cartons of milk was a record, so I had to break it… about five minutes after lunch, I threw up in the hallway as I headed to my next class.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Matty Means (Matthew Means), my Grandpa (Coach Khedouri) and Friday night lights.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? A play.

What are three things you cannot live without? Kenny Chesney, slippers and asparagus.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little it was to be an astronaut, but now, I want to be a physical therapist.

Amaya Register

What colleges are you applying to? I am playing basketball at Old Dominion.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Billy Stepp.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Last year, I fell in the lunch room and spilled beef stew all over my face and hair.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Friends.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Cheerleading.

What are three things you cannot live without? Water, Netflix and chicken wings.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I used to want to be a dentist. Now, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon.

Ellis Schmitt

What colleges are you applying to? Wake Forest.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Lily Bennett.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In kindergarten, my class was tasked with performing the Christmas Play. I was given the coveted role of donkey. We practiced the play for about three weeks until I had all my lines and my solo down. About five minutes before the performance, I threw up all over myself and Ansley Jones. Despite this, I still performed, and the costume had to be dry cleaned.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Buck Shiver, Dennis Stromie and Coach Dad (Brian St. James).

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? No “Ragrets.”

What are three things you cannot live without? LaCroix, video games and swords.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My dream job as a child was to perform on “Saturday Night Live”. Now, my dream job is to make money.

Lauren Bell

What colleges are you applying to? Belmont, Samford, Rollins and SCAD.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Tommy Wagner.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? During the time of the Haitian earthquakes of 2010, I was in the fourth grade at Wesleyan. One day, before lunch, the teacher asked the class if anyone would like to pray to bless the food. Confidently, I raised my hand. During the prayer, I found myself nervously stumbling upon my words and instead of praying for “Jesus to help the people in Haiti” I accidentally muttered “Jesus, please help the pee pee in Haiti.” Then whole class erupted in laughter at my potty-language prayer.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? There is nothing like the community at Wesleyan. Everywhere I turn I can count on there being a smiling face, kind greeting or a warm hug from just about anyone. I’m really going to miss the genuine faculty, students and friends when I leave Wesleyan.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Looking back at high school, I wished I had attended more athletic events. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I’ve only been to varsity football games at Wesleyan and no other sport!

What are three things you cannot live without? I cannot live without music (specifically John Mayer), flowers and laughter.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My dream job when I was little was to be a pop star. Literally, nothing has changed. I still love to sing my heart out and dance like nobody is watching!

Russ Foust

What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Rhodes College, Kenyon College and a few others.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Natalie Hamlin when I was new in middle school.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? My first day ever at Wesleyan, I was putting books away in my locker right before the first class. One of the disadvantages of being a new student was not knowing how the lockers worked; my old school had locks built into the lockers, whereas Wesleyan lockers had actual locks. I proceeded to shut the locker door with the lock turned backwards (“backlocking” for you non-veterans of middle school), which was a problem considering that the books I needed for my first class were still in my locker. I ended up earning the title of “New Kid Who Backlocked Himself” to my first period class, and Chandler Center (God bless him) had to help me un-backlock myself so I could get my books.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The community. I’ll miss the groups I’ve been a part of as well as teachers I’ve had, but overall, I’ll miss the school’s friendly, supportive atmosphere the most.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Taken either journalism or an art class of some sort.

What are three things you cannot live without? Spotify, junk food and my dog.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, my dream job was to be a dentist. Now, I would want to be doing something creative, maybe be a musician or writer of some sort ─ just not working behind a desk all day.

Olivia Frye

What colleges are you applying to? University of Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and UGA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Josh Price.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Freshman year, during Mr. Russell’s Vietnam War Project, I was attempting to describe how awful it was that so many people died in the war. I was either going to say it was horrible or terrible, but I accidentally said that so many people died in the war and it was terrific. If you know me, you know I laugh at myself, so I laughed my way through the rest of the presentation and barely got through it.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The community. I know this is super cheesy, but I feel like I’ve grown up here and there’s no place where I feel more comfortable. I’ve made the best friends and all the faculty is amazing. I’m so sad to leave.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish that I always made the most of every opportunity to have fun. I know there were times freshman and sophomore year where I thought I was too cool for things, and I wish I had just had fun.

What are three things you cannot live without? A flat iron, Spotify Premium and memes.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? As a kid, I just wanted to be my mom, so I guess a stay-at-home-mom. Suz is still totally my role model, but now I want to be a doctor or a physician’s assistant

Katie Crofton

What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and UVA.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Brooks Lalley in 9th grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In peer group my freshman year, I was on crutches with a knee injury, and my group decided to go hang out on a different floor, but they didn’t tell me which one, so when I got off the elevator, I couldn’t find them. They found me 10 minutes later.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My band family.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? A musical or play.

What are three things you cannot live without? Music, my friends and my favorite book.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to be an actress, and now I still want that, but I also want to be a biomedical engineer.

Larry Wang

What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, UGA, Emory, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Purdue.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Abby Yang.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? In ninth grade when I asked Lexi Mellott to Homecoming, I had no idea what a corsage was. Literally moments after I got to the AAC, Daniel Baisier educated me, and I realized just messed up. Walking up to Lexi felt like sticking my head into a guillotine, and having to tell her I didn’t have a corsage while her parents looked on is still one of the most embarrassing things I’ve had to do.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will miss the people here the most.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? “No regrets” according to Mr. Young

What are three things you cannot live without? My dog (Teddy), family and friends.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to be a lawn mower, and now, I want to be a lawyer

Ashley Pierce

What colleges are you applying to? Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Jack Lambert.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When I returned to Wesleyan junior year, I showed up with the ugliest neck brace on for first two months of school.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? The teachers.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had been a football manager.

What are three things you cannot live without? Fried rice, “The Office” and my sisters.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a vet, but now, I want to be a communicator and speak at Christian conferences.

Zach Peterson

What colleges are you applying to? Clemson and Furman.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Molly Bradach.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I got pulled over on campus because I was driving too fast and then everyone thought I was in serious trouble.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Seeing my friends every day.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Played baseball.

What are three things you cannot live without? Food, friends and football.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? My dream job as a kid was to play in the NFL and it’s the same now.

Harrison Feininger

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to UGA next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Josh Price; the pre-first gals had eyes only for him!

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? None. I wish I had one, but I don’t get embarrassed.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? I will really miss how much teachers have invested in me and helped me throughout my Wesleyan career. I seriously wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and motivation that comes from Wesleyan teachers.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Football managing. Being on the sidelines of the football games always seems cooler than in the stands.

What are three things you cannot live without? Spotify, Kodiak (my dog) and heat.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I dreamed of being a veterinarian, and I’m working on pursuing that in college.

Mateo Rengifo

What colleges are you applying to? Kennesaw State, Georgia State and Mercer. I want to play football.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Andrea Magana in ninth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? During football my sophomore year, before we ran through the banner, I tripped on James Williams’ foot. I face planted onto the ground, while everyone else was running over me.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Football and the people around the school.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Gotten better grades and played lacrosse.

What are three things you cannot live without? I will need Chipotle, my phone and a soccer ball or a football.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to play professional soccer, but now, my dream job is to take over my dad’s company and make it grow.

Lexi Howell

What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to UGA next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Carson Hoover.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? When Mr. Khedouri asked me to read the Bible aloud when I was a freshman, and I read the word weened, and then I started hysterically laughing. I tried to keep reading, and then it said the word weened again, and I laughed for five minutes and had to leave the classroom.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My girlies.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? A musical.

What are three things you cannot live without? The “Songs You Can’t Not Dance To” playlist, my flat iron and cooking videos.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was little, I wanted to be a princess. I still want to be a princess, but also a nurse.

Leandro Haddad

What colleges are you applying to? Cornell, Georgia Tech, NYU, UGA and Wagner.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Meredith Lynch in sixth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was Judas in “Godspell” last year, and during a certain song, I had to use a prop cane. This cane was retractable and was made of metal, so when I pulled the lock on it, it would extend to a full cane. The only issue with the cane is that it was very hard to close. In our Thursday show, I finished the song and went behind a table on-stage to close the cane, but as I was closing it, the cane popped open and smacked me in the hand. I thought it would be fine, so I keep acting and pressing my hand on my bleach white pants to alleviate the pain. Fast-forward a minute and I look down and my thumb is profusely bleeding, and my pants have a massive red stain on them. I immediately had an on-stage panic attack due to my fear of blood, and as I walked off-stage, I fainted. I woke up to the costume moms scrubbing my pants so that I could go back on for the second act.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Probably the community.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I played soccer or applied for Peer Leadership.

What are three things you cannot live without? My computer, Moe’s and my phone.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I wanted to be a lawyer, but now, I want to be a game designer or computer programmer.

Alejandra Gleason

What colleges are you applying to? Kennesaw, Samford, Berry, UGA, Georgia State and a few others.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Billy Stepp.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Sprinting up the bleachers in Yancey and falling in front of a big crowd right when they were about to do the national anthem, so everyone was getting quiet and all you hear is a big noise and me yelling loudly, “I’m fine.”

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Not having the pressure of thinking of what to wear every morning.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Gone to more events and prom as a junior.

What are three things you cannot live without? Food, hope that things will always change and my phone.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? Always wanted to be a veterinarian, and now, I’m heading more into a nursing for older people path.

Madison McKemie

What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Auburn, Clemson and Alabama.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Matt Adent in sixth grade.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? On the Freshman Retreat, I was going on the blob for the first time ever and wanted to go super high, so I asked the tallest teacher, Mr. Moleta, if he would blob me. He did, and I was shot into the air. I ended up breaking my nose in front of all my friends and the senior peer leaders. I had surgery and went to my first day of high school as a freshman with a giant nose brace.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My friends, the community, the dances and advisor time with Ms. Trotter.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Cheered or played soccer.

What are three things you cannot live without? My friends, corndogs and dance parties.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? As a little kid, I had an extreme obsession with becoming an astronaut. I even bought a telescope. Now, I am afraid of going to space, so I think I will probably be an interior designer or a teacher.

Tommy Tremble

What colleges are you applying to? I am going to Notre Dame next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? I don’t know; I didn’t have one.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Never had one yet.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Coach Pridgen.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had a 4.0.

What are three things you cannot live without? Water, food and air.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? NFL player then and NFL player now.

Laurel Lee Chatham

What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Auburn and Clemson.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Zach Peterson.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? During my sophomore year we were cheering at an away game and the cheer “Down, Set, Hut” was called. I was in the third row cheering and I started doing the cheer. Little did I know, Mr. Young was behind me as I did the cheer and literally hut, hut, hutted into him. I looked up and saw all my friends laughing in the stands. So, Mr. Young, if you read this and remember this happening, I am very sorry!

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? Friday night lights, of course!

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? I wish I had been involved with MoonDance during the summer.

What are three things you cannot live without? Ice cream, my sweet friends and my crazy mom, Darlene.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? I used to want to be a vet but then realized how many years of school that was, so I don’t want to do that anymore. Now, hopefully, I will go to school for architecture or construction management.

Henry Beltrami

What colleges are you applying to? UGA. I ride for the Dawgs.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Abbie Blauser.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was sitting in Mrs. Davis’ Life of Jesus class, and she was giving a speech about how we should give a presentation in class. She was talking about what not to do while presenting, and she said that for guys, it was bad to flip your hair. Then she said, “Who has hair like that…Oh you do, Henry!” Because I was only half paying attention, when I heard my name, I looked up and winked at her (head nod and clicky noise included). Then the whole class laughed at me, and I had to sit for the last ten minutes of class with everyone staring at me and trying not to laugh. Mrs. Davis thought I was weird for the rest of the year.

What will you miss most about Wesleyan? My Bible study. It’s a great group of guys that have been together for four years, and it is going to be weird not meeting with them every week when I leave Wesleyan.

What is one thing you wished you had done in High School? Played basketball. My true passion is dunking, and I’ve always wanted to posterize someone right in front of the student section. Maybe this year.

What are three things you cannot live without? Hawaiian shirts, conditioner and J. Cole, my favorite rapper.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? When I was a kid, I loved making sound effects with my mouth. Naturally, I thought that all the sound effects in movies were made by some guy with a microphone in the background of movie sets. So, I wanted to become a billionaire by making machine gun noises for “Indiana Jones 5.” My dream job now is to be a missionary in either Latin America or Asia.

Mary Lamar Dudley

What colleges are you applying to? Auburn.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? I don’t know; I didn’t have one.  

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? I was changing near the chorus room and a guy walked in on me. Thankfully, I had some clothes on.

What are three things you cannot live without? My phone, my dogs and oxygen.

What was your dream job when you were a little kid versus what is your dream job now? A doctor, a dog and doctor.

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