Out with the Old, In with the New
Jeffrey Bates Inside this issue: Art Wide World Reflection
Magazine Wide World Reflection
Time Capsule Reflection
Personal Reflections on The Memories
Top Ten Favorite Movies
Personal Reflections on The Achievements
Personal Reflections on The People
Special Thanks To...
“Out with the Old, In with the New” The central idea of my senior valedictory is that I am excited to graduate from high school because I see that as closing one chapter of my life, and then starting a new one. I am constantly
changing aspects of my life, and doing things differently from day to day, whether it be which way I walk to class, how my bedroom is arranged, or what my daily schedule looks like. I can’t
stand living doing the same thing every day, it gets too boring for me— so I like to switch things up all the time. Finishing high school is a giant, exciting step for me.
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Art Reflection on the Wide World Drops of Jupiter - Train
A visual representation of Drops of Jupiter demonstrated through the song’s audio spikes.
Screenshots of Train’s music video for the grammy award-winning track. Do you ever hear a song, and suddenly you are transported back to a different time and place? For me, the song Drops of Jupiter does just that. During my entire childhood from the years I went through elementary school up to my 7th grade year, my family went to the same neighborhood pool during summer. It was called Summer Break. When we were hanging out at
the pool music would always be playing. I have this weird thing where I specifically remember events by their location and what sounds I was hearing. I always know which way each direction is even if I’m in a plane or a different state, like my brain is subconsciously recording it constantly. It does the same with music, if I can remember an event then I most
likely can also tell you what songs were popular at the time. Because of this weird ability of mine, I can recall days at the pool now when Drops of Jupiter would be playing on the airwaves. Whenever I hear the song it takes me back to that time...when I wasn’t even ten years old and my biggest worry was that my parents would forget to order a Papa John’s pizza for the
poolside. Not to even mention that it is an amazing song. The lyrics have always been my most favorite. I also think that this song keeps a place in my heart because it basically reminds me of my entire childhood whenever I hear it. As if it contains an entire chapter of my life inside of it, and with every listen I get a chance to look back and think about the good times I had.
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Magazine Reflection on the Wide World Scream Article (Magazine) The Scream series is important to me because it is one of the most iconic series of scary movies ever made. If you looked at my top movies page then you know how much I love horror films, and because Scream was such a huge phenomenon, I am naturally obsessed with it. The thing that scares me most about the series is that it is based around teenagers randomly being murdered...and since I am a teenager, that scares me. Scream for me sort of symbolizes every scary movie ever made because what it is doing is it is sort of making fun
of them all and how stupid some elements to them seem, which I like that sort of humor. However, their humor is not done in a crude way like the Scary Movie franchise parodied it, that I do not like so much. Scream 4 came out last year and I remember Nicole and I went to go see it...it was a huge deal to me because I was very, very excited that they had decided to continue the series. That goes to show that the Scream films has affected me as recently as one year ago, and not when they completed the trilogy in 2000.
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Time Capsule Reflection A pen and pencil. Symbolizes my liking for writing. It is important to put these in the time capsule because I think that writing is one of my strongest talents, so putting it in there could represent my abilities.
A jar of beach sand. Represents my yearning to live on the watr. I know that I will live near the beach when Iâ€™m older. Having the jar of sand in the capsule would what my prospects of the future are at this time in my life.
Harry Potter series movies. Signifies my entire childhood. The first movie debuted in 1998, when I was just 3 years old, and the last one in 2011 when I was 16. The 90s generation essentially grew up along with Harry Potter. In the end, it had been the most profitable, successful series of movies of our time. Putting them in the capsule would signify how it was influential to our pop culture.
An iPod. Denotes my love for music. It is important to put this in the capsule because Apple has dominated the MP3, computer, and cell phone market for the majority of my life. It is like the Harry Potter series in that it will demonstrate pop culture of this time.
A piece of glass. Stands for my obsession with glassâ€Ś If I put this in the time capsule it would show a weirder side to my personality. Iâ€™ve always had a weird fascination with glass and now have a giant collection of bottles, jars, and shattered pieces.
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Personal Reflections on The Memories What has been your most memorable school experience? I remember the incident vividly. It was an average day at New Britton Elementary for me, that is, until recess came. It was the first break us third graders had from our classes during the day, so my friend Wyatt and I invented a game to give us some exercise while we were outside. We would take a few pebbles from the playground and bounce them down the red, twisty slide where we would always hang out. Then, we would slide down
just after the rocks were thrown and try to catch as many of them as we could before we got to the bottom. We had been playing this game for weeks now, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, we gave it a name Rock Slide. All was going fine until Andrew, a friend of Wyatt’s, came up to us. He asked us if he could take part in the game, and naturally we told him he could. When it was his turn, Andrew threw the rocks down the slide, and then just sat at
the top rather than sliding down to catch them. We asked him what he was doing and he responded with, “I’m not moving.” Wyatt and I talked to him for nearly ten minutes trying to get him to move out of our way so that we could continue playing, but he rudely responded with nothing except “No.” Finally my temper had reached its limit, so I pulled him back by the hood of his sweatshirt, punched him in the face, and then shoved down
What will you miss most about high school? When you leave your childhood home to live somewhere else, mostly everything in your life will change; who you are friends with, what your relationship with your parents is like, even just where you go to relax. I, who have been raised solely in Fishers, have formed a bond with this town. I know how to get around every neighbor-
hood, I know where everyone lives, and I know where to go to have some fun like they’re the back of my hand. Because I’ve learned so much about the things that go on here, I feel safe. Moving to a new city, I wouldn’t know anything about the people there or the happenings there, and that would scare me. I’m go-
ing to Butler University in the fall, and while I know that I will be able to adapt myself to the campus, it will take me awhile to gain that sense of security again. I will have to make new completely new friends, and learn my way around the buildings, but I know that I can do it. (201)
the slide. I remember feeling extremely scared after I did it, because I realized right away that he was going to tell the teachers. That week I had to stand on “The Wall” at recess every single day and watch everyone else play. It was horrible. (306)
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Top Ten Movies (Least to most favorite) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Friday the 13th (2009)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
The Rite (2011)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
When looking at these you probably noticed that all of them but one are horror movies. If you knew me personally, you wouldn’t be surprised… at all. I have been obsessed with scary movies for as long as I can remember. Scream, The Haunting in Connecticut, and Disturbia make up three of my top four favorites because they just scare me so much—probably something to do with how all of their plots involve average people—it gives the viewer the idea that it could happen to them...like how at the beginning of movies it sometimes says, “Based off of real events”. Also on this list, the 1962 version of To Kill a Mockingbird seems to randomly be thrown in. The reason why I like that movie is because it is one of the few movies that I actually enjoyed watching that wasn’t a horror movie. Usually if it’s not scary, then it’s just boring to me—but not with To Kill a Mockingbird. That piece is also set in a time and place that has always interested me—the early 1900s in the Deep South—which might also explain why I liked it. Disturbia and The Haunting in Connecticut are my top two because they both combine suspense and horror perfectly, and also the two main actors (Shia LaBeouf in Disturbia, and Kyle Gallner in The Haunting in Connecticut) are very talented.
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Personal Reflections on The Achievements What goals do you have for your future? When you leave your childhood home to live somewhere else, mostly everything in your life will change; who you are friends with, what your relationship with your parents is like, even just where you go to relax. I, who have been raised
solely in Fishers, have formed a bond with this town. I know how to get around every neighborhood, I know where everyone lives, and I know where to go to have some fun like they’re the back of my hand. Because I’ve learned so
much about the things that go on here, I feel safe. Moving to a new city, I wouldn’t know anything about the people there or the happenings there, and that would scare me. I’m going to Butler University in the fall, and while I
know that I will be able to adapt myself to the campus, it will take me awhile to gain that sense of security again. I will have to make new completely new friends, and learn my way around the buildings, but I know that I can do it. (186)
What moments can you recall that define your development? The memories I have from my childhood are very vivid. I remember being with my sister, the two of us jumping on our trampoline, playing in the fall leaves, wrestling with our two yellow Labradors, Poky and Daisy. That was probably when I was six, seven, or eight years old.
From that age I also remember going to the pool, Summer Break, basically ever day of summer. I would go with my family, sometimes meeting my friend Matt there. We would hang out at the pool all day: building forts out of the chairs and towels, taking part in water balloon
fights, eating pizza. I remember one time Matt and I took a huge water balloon underwater and put it up to one of the jets on the side of the pool. The balloon had so much water forced into it that once we had it tied it was uncontrollably giant and floppy. We spent hours talking about what
we should do with it once we got home. Also from that time in my life I remember building a gingerbread house with my parents in school as one of our Christmas activities, we covered the entire house in icing—that’s just one of those random memories. (206)
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Personal Reflections on The People Who has most influenced me? My mom, intelligent and blunt, and my dad, spontaneous and caring, are the two strongest individuals that have influenced me most in life. The two definitely had different ideas of how a child should be raised, and my upbringing was a jumbled, crazy mix of the two. My mom was always keeping me out of trouble and being strict, but my dad was
the exact opposite. He would let me do whatever I wanted as kid and believed that childhood should be an adventure. His laid-back parenting style had its flaws, though, for instance the time I broke my arm and he didn’t really look at it and just assumed it was a scrape and put me down for a nap… Seeing the two ways they viewed
and treated life has allowed me to take characteristics from each of them and to form my own view. I can honestly say that now a majority of who I am is just bits of my parents that I have taken on myself. I’m kind of like a puzzle now, just a bunch of pieces of my dad and mom locked together. (200)
How would you describe yourself as a friend? As a friend I am reliable, trustworthy, and caring. I am always one of the first people who my friends come to for advice; they know that they can tell me anything and that I won’t leak that information to anyone else. An advantage of being a friend is that, like from someone older than me, I can learn from my friends’ experiences and better myself from them. To help others with their problems makes me feel better about myself, so having more friends con-
fiding in me and allowing me to do so is an advantage. A disadvantage of being a friend is that, because I trust my friends so much, it will hurt me a lot more when a close one of mine puts me down. Even though I will be quick to end that “friendship”, it will still linger in my mind more than if a random person did it. This role affects mainly my relationships with my mom, dad, and sister. Because I enjoy so much of my leisure time away either at a friend’s
house or out in public with them, my close family complains about me not being home very often. (201)
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Special Thanks To... Patty, my mom Paul, my dad Heather, my sister Nicole, Paige, Ryleigh, and Matt, good friends of mine