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Sibling rivalry, bonds evident on campus

Connections among siblings often are characterized by a love-hate relationship. Yet during high school, sibling bonds often easy the awkwardness of adolescence.

?Its really fun having a sister (Kassy Batesole, ?06) here because she likes to hang out and talk with me during school,? Kally Batesole, ?09, said. ?We talk between classes and we hang out a lot.?

Some siblings find going to the same high school has beneficially affected their relationship merely due to riding together to campus.

?I think Corey [Maxey, ?06] and I have bonded more this year,? Kailee Maxey, ?09, said. ?He drives us to school in the morning and we see each other periodically throughout the day.?

Some take advantage of their schooling situation by participating in classes together.

?I forced my brother to be in choir so we could have one class together,? Brianne Raymer, ?06, said. ?Being at the same school gives us something in common.?

Michael Raymer, ?09, laughed at his sister?s remark, due to their agreement.

?I agree with what my sister said,? Michael said. ?Even though we do not see each other often we still remain close.?

While some siblings enjoy sharing classes, others avoid contact with their family members during school hours.

?I do not see Kevin [Damm, ?09] very often or I do not notice him,? Jason Damm, ?06, said. ?I get mad because I have to take him home everyday.?

Most students with older siblings on campus find their relationship to be unaffected.

?I see my brother [Gary Darakjian, ?06] sometimes in the hallway,? Shane Darakjian, ?09, said. ?Our relationship is the same; we just do not have any classes together.?

To some, when sibling rivalry is revealed at school the relationship becomes tiring.

?It is sometimes annoying to see my brother [Taylor Brouwer, ?09] at school because I get enough of him at home,? Matthew Brouwer, ?06, said. ?It is kind of weird to see him around school cause I never have before. ?

Most younger siblings look up to the older one and often want to be more like them. Sometimes the younger sibling even wants to have the same friends at school.

?It is cool having a brother on campus,? Taylor said. ?We ride everywhere together and I get to hang out with his friends.?

Despite the somewhat popular tendency to ignore siblings, others enjoy time spent together during the day.

?Its cool being at the same school as Brianna [Stobbe, ?06],? Brittany Stobbe, ?09, said. ?At lunch we talk and hang out. I want to spend as much time as I can with her because this is our only opportunity to be at the same school together.?

On a couple of occasions, the Stobbe and Batesole girls have spent lunch off-campus together in a unique time to bond as sisters and strengthen friendships.

For more on families at school, read the Feb. 28 article, ?Teachers are parents too? by William Hierholzer.

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