“During the time that picture was taken, I wasn’t really concentrating on myself like how I looked. I just wanted to get to class because I was on crutches. It was really hard getting to class and the school just seemed really big. Yeah, I was really overwhelmed.”
“I didn’t know that we were taking pictures. So they were like, ‘Oh, you’re taking a school picture,’ and I was like, ‘Crap,’ and then took it. And that’s why it looks like that.”
“That picture is kind of embarrassing. From freshman year to senior year has been the craziest experience ever and, no matter what anybody says, it’s going to really change you in so many ways.”
“I would oftentimes get asked if I was like an eighth grader visiting,” remembers Hanna, who grew 10 inches from freshman year to senior year.
“For me, my parents and people at my school went through a lot to get me into Grant because it’s not my neighborhood school and I had to apply through a hardship program. I got in because of music, but I didn’t really get why I should be going to Grant versus my neighborhood school which was Jefferson…I didn’t really get why it would be so much better, why it would be so terrible for me to go to my neighborhood school, until this year really.”
“People have been saying that I look really different this year because I shaved my head at the beginning of the year. I was sick of having hair. My hair is naturally very big and curly, so it takes a lot of effort.”
“I had (history teacher Kevin) Alvord freshman year and I walked up to him junior year and he was just like, ‘Whoa I didn’t recognize you at first. You look totally different.’”
“I remember my first day of high school – pretty nervous, because you’re going into a new environment where… you know like what, 30 people from middle school, but there’s 400 people you don’t know. I was really nervous, kind of scared. I was a bit more clueless about what I wanted to do or sort of who I was. At this point, I sort of have a better idea of who I am or what I want to be.”