The Best Monday Nights of the Year Are Back: Young Life

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Young Life is back in session and it is the the best extracurricular activity of the year due to club on Monday nights, retreats and campaigners. It is known to make a significant impact on all the lives of students involved. Johns Creek Young Life director, Allen Dixon said, “The purpose of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. It is done in the context of relationship with a Young Life leader. It starts with these adult leaders who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship.” Many leaders go to support students in athletic events and come to picture parties before dances to play a part in milestone in their high school career. “They listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks and hope high schoolers will see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.”

Students from all over the Johns Creek area including Johns Creek High School, Northview High School and Wesleyan enter into community; forming new friendships, while growing in their faith. Junior Charis Thompson said, “This year I am really excited to grow closer to my friends I have made at Young Life over the years. I’m close with the girls in my small group, and I’m excited to go through life with them again this year.” Wesleyan senior girls’ leader Katie Bridgers is looking forward to the new and exciting things happening this school year. She said, “We are going to attempt to do things bigger and better all year long. Also, every club is going to be themed which is going to be a great excuse to dress up in crazy outfits every week.”

Young Life encourages students to become involved and there are several ways to do that. Everyone is invited to Club on Monday nights, where many will agree, is the best night of your week. You can take on a leadership role and help in planning and/or leading Club. There are weekly “Campaigners” groups (off-campus Bible Study with your Young Life leader), and fall camp at SharpTop Cove October 9 through 11 which according to Bridgers is, “The Best Weekend of Your Life.” Also, there is a camp trip every summer to Young Life camps that are truly the highlight of everyone’s Young Life experience. Bridgers added, “If you think SharpTop Cove is incredible, a week-long camp truly is the “The Best Week of Your Life.” You don’t want to miss this. Sign up and bring your friends with you.” The first club took place on Monday, September 14th and will take place every Monday at the 201 which is located at 5725 on State Bridge next to Pike Nursery’s parking lot across from the Regal Cinemas. As the Young Life motto says, “You were made for this.”

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Senior Spotlights

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Senior Spotlights

 

Henry Collins

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Miami University , TCU, Elon, Ole Miss.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Cross Country, Track, soccer. 
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Holland Sharon 
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Singing in front of the fifth grade class as punishment for wrestling Mikey during Study Hall.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Tried one year of football.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Sailing” by: Christopher Cross
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Jason Scheer because he gets to teach Envi Sci which is the best science class along with being a world class fisherman and an all-around great guy.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Spear gun, solar powered reverse osmosis water generator, bic lighter.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Starting a management job at a Private equity firm and getting married a few years later.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Spend all my money to be launched into space with 1 hour of air to look around and witness what I have never seen.

Andy Archer

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Baseball, Water Polo, Student Led Worship.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Kylie Reed, 8th Grade.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? When Grant Sauer and I were freshmen, we (sort of) went to the bathroom on Sydney Weissman’s trampoline. 
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I had tried being in a play.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “The Boys are Back in Town.”
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? If I could be any faculty member, I think I would be Coach McDaniel. He is a big-fan favorite around the Wesleyan community and also just a funny, relatable and nice dude. Not to mention that he gets to deliver the news when school gets cancelled.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? I would bring my Bible, my fishing pole, and my dog Joker.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? In ten years, I want to be married to have a job that makes absolute bank. And to have two German Shepherds.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would parachute out of a helicopter and land in the Great Barrier reef and immediately shed my parachute and go scuba diving. Then, I would eat a meal consisting of Chick Fil A sweet tea, a steak bowl with guac from chipotle, and then molten lava cake from Chili’s. Then I would spend whatever time is left with my friends and family.

Ellie Bradach

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Washington and Lee University, UGA, UVA, University of Richmond and Baylor.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Cross country, swimming, soccer, track, Lit Mag, peer leadership, Hand in Hand and Prom Com.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ren Schmitt in kindergarten- he was a football player for career day.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? When I was about 8, I went to the mall with my mom and sister in my green Juicy sweat-suit. Feeling and looking fly, I decided to throw a penny in the fountain and make a wish. I climbed up onto the ledge to get a better angle and threw my penny in. I guess I didn’t let go or something, but next thing I know, I’m soaking wet and sitting in the fountain. I climb out soaked and proceed to walk around the mall leaving puddles wherever I go until I bought a different outfit.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Cheerleading; I wish I could do a backflip.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Oh Yeah”- the one from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” when they take the car. 
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Probably Mr. Kadzis aka Kad-dad cause not only does he get to hang out with the swim team all the time, but I would also like to hit students’ desks with a bat when talking about Big Stick Diplomacy.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Chris Pratt, Taylor Swift and Ben and Jerry’s.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I would like to be married with kids and be working… probably in physical therapy.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Travel, eat and panic.

Emma Anderson

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Northwestern, UGA, Davidson, Washington University in St. Louis, Baylor, Miami of Ohio, Wake Forest.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Theatre, Student Led Worship, Creative Writing Guild, the newly-crowned Drama Club, Yearbook, and the Serve His League (before Mr. Emmelhainz’s re-naming of the organization). 
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Like many young, new freshman, my peer leader, Ben Johnson.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? I mistakenly “replied all” to an email sent by Mrs. Morris. The entire senior class received my sarcastic RSVP to the senior party, detailing how I am a “heathen” and am “purposely RSVPing late.” I chose to send a secondary response, detailing how I am choosing to not apologize, but rather “relish in the embarrassment and shame.” I received many texts after the first, fated press of the “send” button.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Mock Trial would’ve been a good time. Despite my aversion to conflict, I feel I could’ve made a good witness.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? (In order to fulfill my side of the deal) I would totally be Mr. Dawson Zimmerman. He’s just a rad guy. He teaches English. He wears ties and shoes. (I will now accept my payment of $3000 and the access code to Powerschool in full)
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? I would want to have an iPod with unlimited data so I could stream my Spotify library, a journal with one of those fun attached pens, as well as Bear Grylls. I hear he’s pretty decent at wilderness survival. 
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years?  If all my 11:11 wishes come true, I will be working towards my goal of being a successful film/theatre director. And, if all my birthday wishes come into play, I’ll have started writing my Oscar/Tony award-winning script. But if I’m super, duper lucky, it’ll star Benedict Cumberbatch and Rossy de Palma. 
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Spend time with my family and my best friends. I would fly around the country and see the people I love most. Despite the general belief that dankness and despair pervades traveling, I love airports and planes and trains; I wouldn’t mind because I would be doing it not only with people I love, but knowing the destination would be equally as lovely.

Cairo Booker

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Wofford College, Elon University, University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Basketball, track, diversity club
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? JT Eigel.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? When I had an allergic reaction and my lips turned black during school.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Played softball or become involved in more school clubs and activities.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “This is why I’m Hot” by MIMS
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Either Doctor G or Mrs. Morris because everyone loves G and Mrs. Morris.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Food, Netflix and my best friend.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Hopefully, I’ll have a family and will be living a lavish lifestyle.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would tell everyone that I loved them. Probably go out to eat, then go out and do something crazy.

Will Barnard

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Alabama.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Football, Lacrosse, Boy Scouts and also been known to launch a rocket or two.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Carly Hughes in pre-1st. 
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? I was a narrator in the 4th grade play, and my brother was a sophomore. I walked out on stage and my brother and his friends immediately yelled, “Willett” and everybody laughed so loud that nobody heard my lines…
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Water Polo freshman year.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Candler Baxley, I wish I could come up with nicknames as legendary as his.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Some Sudoku, a good leather-bound book and my good friend Baxter.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Living in a nice house with an excellent kitchen, married, stay at home dad and a proud owner of a Honda Odyssey. 
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Go on a binge-eating spree of all of the most expensive restaurants in Atlanta.

Mary Cowart

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, FSU, Samford, Belmont, Ole Miss, GT.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Lacrosse, XC, JV Basketball, Swim team, YoungLife, Prom Com.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Clint Prettyman in Kindergarten. ALL the girls chased him on the playground.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? One time I got a bruise because I accidentally kicked my dresser while dancing alone in my room… to a Disney song.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? The two musicals, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Into the Woods”
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “When will my life begin” -Tangled
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Ms. Trotter because she’s adorable and quirky and has the best clothes. 
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Brookside chocolate, a guitar and a beautiful boy who knows how to play that guitar.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Hopefully, I’ll have figured out what I want to do and I’ll be doing it, while being surrounded by people that I love. 
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? All of my bucket-list items, like meeting famous people, skydiving, crowd surfing, regular surfing, and doing all of it with the people I love the most.

Kylie Reed

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UGA, UVA, UNC and Yale.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Cross country, track, swimming, Wolf Ambassadors, Vet Club, Wolf Pack, Peer Leadership, YoungLife, mission trips.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Glenn Hogan, kindergarten.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? I used to be a competitive dancer, and for one of our dances we had to wear fake ponytails. In the middle of the routine, mine flew across the stage and someone in the audience yelled, “Squirrel!” We ended up getting 10 points deducted for the “wardrobe malfunction,” and it was the only thing that kept us from getting a gold medal.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? The Winter musical.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright. 
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would definitely want to be a combination of Ms. Trotter and Dr. G. Ms. Trotter (Mtrott) because she is the cutest thing ever and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love her. She has had such a big impact on my life. Dr. G because there are few people in this world that don’t know how to love better than him. 
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My sister, music and ponytail holders for my mane. 
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I will be doing something in the medical field. I would love to be living in the south and enjoying an awesome married life doing fun things (traveling, hiking, etc.) with my husband before kids come along the following year.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would want to spend lots of time with my family and closest friends doing something outside. Just hanging out and being together would be enough. It would be a really cool time to reflect on what an amazing life I’ve had and just embrace my last few moments.

Austin Pack

  1. What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Georgia College, Kennesaw State. 
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Varisty Soccer.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Mary Russell 8th grade.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Florida 2014.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Continued playing football. 
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “I’m to Blame” by Kip Moore.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Jack van Der Sluys. 
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My truck, my fishing pole and Zaxby’s. 
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Successful, and I hope my relationship with God only gets stronger. 
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I’d go fishing with my grandfather. 

Lilliana Bardi

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Clemson. 
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Football cheerleading, Vet Club, Younglife, Wednesday morning Faculty kids, Baseball and Wrestling managers, missions.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Garrett Gottlich before I even came to Wesleyan.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Falling in the pyramid at the homecoming pep-rally sophomore year. 
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Took more selfies with Greg. 
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “All Time Low” by Jon Bellion.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? McSchirley because shes McSchirley. 
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? McDreamy, McSteamy, and Avery. 
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I’ll be in residency, traveling the world with Pepe on the weekends and have adopted a child. 
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Eat really good food in a pretty place with my family and best friends. 

Josh Garrard

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, Ole Miss, and (maybe) Clemson. 
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Football and Lacrosse
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Ali Stall, Mr. Broyles Bells Class, 1st semester, 5th grade.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Too many of them, but probably dating Camille High for 30 minutes in 7th grade, best thirty minutes of her life.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Go to a water polo game.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Coach Pridgen so I could see what life is like from way up there.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? A girl, a cow and fresh water.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Have a wife and maybe some kids. Living on a lake up in the mountains where I am close to a ski resort. I would also like a sustainable job so I can afford that lifestyle.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? See all my loved ones, then go try something very cool but dangerous so if I die it is okay.

Mallory Grizzle

  1. What colleges are you applying to? Georgia Tech, UGA, and UNC Chapel Hill.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? JV Football Cheerleading, Varsity Basketball Cheerleading, Theater.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Will Harper in 2nd grade.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Being asked to Homecoming by Abraaz the first night of freshman retreat, and subsequently crying (love you Abraaz).
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Gotten involved with the theater program earlier than spring of junior year.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Joe Tamel because he writes witty e-mails and has the ability to mock students without being too offensive.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?  My sister, cell phone and some avocados. 
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Working a job I love, surrounded by people who make me laugh and owning quite a few dogs.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Watching House Hunters with my family, eating good food and giving a lot of hugs.

 

Seniors Enjoy Off-campus Lunches

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Off-campus lunch is a privilege given to the senior class each year after a student turns in a number of forms.

Wesleyan is in a prime location for getting cost-efficient and delicious food. The plethora of options can make decisions hard to make.

The Green and Gold staff asked a number of students in the senior class to name their favorite off-campus destination, and also what they like to order from those places. (Answers above)

 

 

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