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May 18, 2018

s r o i n e s e Th u o y k than

Thank you, gender neutral bathroom near none of my classes, for getting me more exercise than all of my gym classes. Thank you, DGS, for banning everyone from the band hallway.

Thank you, Ann Lichaj, for sending so many emails every day that my email crashed. Real talk though I’m grateful for you Ann, you’re helping me pay for college. Thank you, DGS, for investing in internet that the Chromebooks can never find.

Thank you, DGS, for teaching me that sleep deprivation is a part of being Mustang Way awesome. Thank you, Hit the Print, for teaching me that Blueprint was actually worth people’s time.

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Thank you, DGS, for installing air conditioning school-wide the first year I’m gone. Thank you, DGS Assassin Purge Days, for making me more afraid to leave my house than I was when the cicadas came out in the summer of 2007.

‘5 deadly yearbook signing sins’ to avoid By Lindsay Valero, Photo/Video Editor

‘Back in my day...’ By Vince Vena, Copy Editor

For us seniors, it’s been a long four years. We started high school back in August of 2014, at the time when “Rather Be” and “Boom Clap” were on the radio and all our clothes were from PacSun or Zumiez. It’s fairly easy for us to define each year of high school—2014, ‘15, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘18 respectively—be-

cause we lived through them. But how will the mid-2010s be looked back upon? When our kids are in high school, across America schools will have spirit weeks, where there will be “2010s day.” All the girls will ask to borrow their moms’ UGG boots and PINK hoodies while the guys ask their dad if they can bring their Supreme shirts and Yeezys out of the packaging.

By 2040, Urban Outfitters will be selling Juuls, T-shirts with the “Fortnite” logo and old iPhones because they will be “vintage.” Teens will post pictures of them with Apple AirPods on listening to Migos with the caption, “I was born in the wrong generation.”

People will also probably be getting in arguments over why the “mumble rap” era of hip-hop is real rap and how the current music—in the future—is garbage.

Will Instagram become played out like MySpace, or will it become an integral part of life? Will there be a decision made on what the actual name of our generation should be? Are we millennials or Generation Y or Generation Z? Regardless, being the first generation completely integrated with this new technology is pretty cool. There are a lot of questions we have for the future and are uncertain of. But one thing we do know for sure is that the 2010s have been—and still are—a pretty wild ride.

Photo by Vince Vena

It’s the last day of school, and you’re most likely spending the majority of your class period signing everyone’s yearbook. I’m sick and tired of seeing the same thing in everyone’s yearbook, here are some restrictions that will help you not sound like a stereotypical yearbook writer. 1. HAGS. We’ve been writing this in yearbooks since the second grade. It wasn’t good then, and it’s certainly not good now. 2. “I would have died without you in ____ class.” You would have been fine if they weren’t in that class with you. Stop being so dramatic. 3. Just signing your name. You’re most likely never to become famous, so just signing your name does no good for anyone and

quite frankly, just takes up space. 4. “I will always remember you.” Sure you will. Until you notice that they don’t follow you back on Instagram, and the first thing you do is unfollow them and never speak of them ever again. 5. “Let’s hang out in the summer!” This is what I call an empty promise. You’re likely to say this but make no effort to actually hang out in the summer. So, why say it at all? The things you write in a yearbook will be treasured forever. I wrote this in the effort to remind you that you probably don’t want to be remembered as the kid who wanted someone to have the stereotypical “great summer.” Make your signing unique to your relationship with that person. And once you’ve signed everyone’s yearbook, take a look at yours and have a great summer.

Photo by Lindsay Valero

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