Short freshmen in the incoming class

Photo courtesy of Hailey Stephenson
Photo courtesy of Hailey Stephenson

As the doors opened on the morning of Aug. 25 for the first day of school, the halls overflowed with hundreds of freshmen; wide-eyed and terrified of what the day had in store for them.
For those less fortunate when it comes to height, the first day of high school was probably even more intimidating.

Ethan Cornelius, freshman, had some advice for his fellow classmates: “Don’t stand next to tall people–just walk away.” At a whopping 5’3’’, Ethan says that he “kinda” thinks that “maybe” he’ll grow taller by the end of this year.

“Being short is a good thing; it just means we’re fun sized,” said Stacy Constantino, freshman. “It’s different for everyone though,” she said. “Some people are done growing already and some aren’t.” At 5’2”, Stacy embraces her height by staying optimistic.

Not particularly short herself, Alexandria Sykes, 5’4” still had a few encouraging words. “It’s okay if you’re short, because you can just wear heels!”

At a towering height of 5’9”, Trent Nelson, freshman, does not have the slightest clue of what these students are dealing with. “I don’t even remember what it’s like to be short,” he said. He goes on to tell me that his first reaction when he sees someone short is to “ask them how tall they are.”

Height is not always permanent, as Mrs. Amerson knows so well. Teacher of freshmen for many years, said, “They usually hit a growth spurt around the summer between their freshman and sophomore year.”

Being short does not make someone less of a person. Everyone is the same on the inside, no matter how tall.


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