Stories, photos and illustrations by students in Journalism 1
Not everyone has a “love” on campus at McClymonds, a school of 270.
People have different passions, too: sports, video games, rap music, flowers, art, fashion, food and chocolate.
Here are the stories and photos we collected:
“‘You’re over my head…I’m out of my mind..’ Every time I hear Classic by MTKO, I just snap my fingers, sing along. That song makes me really happy and brightens up my whole day. I listened to it after I had fallen down the stairs at school, hit my head, and then went to track practice in pain.”
For Rayana Delaney, her first love was lit inside her during a balmy, summer day, at McClymonds High. At first sight, he seemed like the “one”: charming, funny, caring, loving and overwhelmingly attractive all described him well. Fortunately, for both, they were coincidently students at the same summer school. Delaney recalls a latent excitement after smiling at him and a requited love-struck stare, immediately prior to an exchange of introductions.
“We became friends right away,” said Delaney. “He was really cute, and he showed a lot of interest in me. After around two months of being friends and a quick spread of my attraction toward him through my friends, we finally had our first kiss, at school; it was magical.”
Since then, they have both been in an intimate relationship, and are planning on having their first date soon—at a local movie theater.
Delaney’s Valentine’s Day gift to her boyfriend is a card with hearts on it and some chocolate. His match: a card with a picture of a teddybear on it and pink balloon.
Rayana Delaney, as told by Anthony Beron
“Jessie was walking around her new high school and lost her way. A senior named Chris noticed her immediately and offered to help her. He walked around and around, and was so hooked he wouldn’t let her go home. There was a click between them. “We’ve been together ever since.'”
as told to Jasmine Vilchis
“My grandma makes us feel special: she brings us all together, we all sit on her bed and she’ll tell us a story. We’ll laugh and feel a special bond. We are family.”
“I love hamburgers because they are always there for me, whenever I need food, hamburgers are always there with melted cheese, a juicy patty, crisp buns, and delicious pickles. Every time I’m down and out, I have a hamburger.”
Ask Naya: time to heal those secret scars
My friends are ignoring me. Nobody wants to acknowledge the pain that I carry.
Will I get over this feeling of being deeply misunderstood?
Dear Deeply Hurt
There are kids out there who need comfort and help, these kids are “the hurt ones,” the ones that you see with their faces down on the desk or who come to school late so that people won’t ask “What’s wrong?”
There’s a reason why they give no answer, because they know we’ll forget about it since we are all too busy paying attention to ourselves (and taking selfies).
I understand their scars: what I mean by scars are not cutting yourself, but living with hurt feelings that are never spoken or acknowledged. Most people turn away from those feelings. The “hurt ones” are invisible to the crowd, or are seen as weird or creepy.
I tell you everyone has scars, so don’t hide away from us, get to know us. “Scars are meant to be heard, not meant to be kept”
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