Faculty Flashback: High School Edition

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High school is a bittersweet time to remember, especially for our high school faculty. During your high school years, you experience some of the best and the most embarrassing memories. Some of our high school faculty shared memories from their high school years, as well as giving advice to current high schoolers.

Mrs. Cheatwood – Chemistry Teacher

What activities were you involved in during high school? Tennis and Cheerleading.

What was your least favorite subject? History.

What is a funny/embarrassing moment you experienced when you were in high school? I remember one day I got to homeroom and I felt something weird in my jeans. It turns out that I had worn those jeans the day before and I had forgotten to take off my underwear. So, I pulled out a pair of dirty underwear.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? Enjoy the moment.

Coach Wolf – Strength & Conditioning Coach

What activities were you involved in during high school? Soccer, wrestling and weightlifting.

What was your least favorite subject? Spanish.

What is an embarrassing moment you experienced when you were in high school? I tried to cut my own hair and ended up shaving my head.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? Invest in people and build authentic relationships.

Ms. Nash – Pre-Calculus and Geometry Teacher

What activities were you involved in during high school? I wish I could give you my resume, but some things I did were basketball and yearbook. I was also president of the Honor Society.

What was your least favorite subject? Probably science because I always wanted to like it, but I didn’t always have the best teachers.

What is a funny/embarrassing moment you experienced when you were in high school? I’m drawing a blank on an embarrassing moment. This goes to show that things you may think are a big deal now in high school will be forgotten years down the road.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? I would tell them that a happy medium exists. Some students are too stressed and there’s another group of students that don’t care. There is a happy medium between enjoying life and achieving your goals. They should also know that you’re not going to be perfect and you should learn to be okay with that.

Mrs. Taramani – English and Journalism Teacher

What activities were you involved in during high school? I was involved in many activities and sports. I was an editor of my school’s newspaper and a Girl Scout; I also played tennis, softball and swam.

What was your least favorite subject? Math.

What is a funny/embarrassing moment you experienced when you were in high school? There was that time I had to make a presentation in Spanish class, but I got nervous and starting speaking Polish instead. Awkward.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? Set goals and work hard, but try not to take yourself too seriously. Find people who inspire you.

Mr. Blackburn – Director of Platforms and Systems

What activities were you involved in during high school? Broadcast journalism, soccer and student government.

What was your least favorite subject? I have to be careful with what I say because Mr. Randrup was my teacher. Math was my least favorite subject, but I did like math the one year he taught me.

What is a funny/embarrassing moment experienced when you were in high school? I was playing indoor soccer and I got hit in the mouth when I was going for a header. I broke my jaw and so they had to put me on pain killers. Due to the pain killers, I would say some weird stuff, that I can’t say now, but it was hilarious.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? Do your homework. I was the kid who didn’t do his homework and it was a simple thing to do. My grades would’ve been much better.

Mr. McDaniel – Director of Donor Relations and Peer Leadership Teacher

What activities were you involved in during high school? I was involved in student government, pep club and track.

What was your least favorite subject? Science and math because I’m not very good at either one.

What advice would you give to high schoolers? Four years are short, but at the time, it feels like it takes forever. So, soak it in and get involved. Work hard at the things you decide you’re into. Most importantly, don’t look back with regrets.

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