Last Post!!

Jacob Mantle – Keep being your goofy, outgoing, amazing self! I’ve loved reading your blog posts and articles and hanging out in study hall with you this year!

Charlotte Coates – You are such an amazing blogger, writer, and all around fantastic person! Thanks for always brightening my day in 4th bell with your contagious smile and laugh

Jake Motto – Please become a professional poet!! You are so talented and thanks for sharing that with us!

Logan Campbell – I loved getting to know you better this year! You rocked the editor position!! Good luck at Furman, I know you’ll do great!

Claire Wilder – Keep being your unique, fun, loving self! I loved getting to know you better this year through sports and listening to your bubbly laugh!

Ashley Grimmer – Ashley, thanks for hanging out with me in the musical, my fellow nun! I hope you save all the animals in the world and keep writing your amazing posts and articles!

Owen Dingle – I’m going to miss all of your shenanigans!! Thanks for making me laugh and keeping me honest

Gracie Lyons – My fellow Buckeye!! Your writing got so much better as the year went on!! Loved sitting by you in class, see ya around next year!

Peter Payatis – Keep rocking your awesome hair and bopping to your music! Loved reading your articles and posts!

Maddy Kromer – You are so funny and hilarious to be around in class, and your blog posts were so relatable! Keep those qualities up, and good luck at Miami!

Abby D – Keep writing, drawing, and being you! Loved hanging out with you these past few years!! 5th bell health 4 ever!!

Isabella Paz – I love your sense of style and bright ideas!! You’re always so nice and helpful!! Keep up the awesome writing too!

Mr. Wiseman – to one of the best teachers at MHS! Thanks for pushing me t my full potential and making journalism a class I look forward to!

Johnny Carroll – Lol Johnny, keep up your humor and outgoing personality! Thanks for making class interesting!

Kennedy McNeil – keep taking pictures and wearing the clothes you wear! You are the high school supermodel and I love how you’re not afraid to be yourself!!

Jude Hart – I love your hair, your sense of humor, and your passion for music! Loved hanging out with you in class the past 2 years!!

 

 

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“Bush-isms”

American politics make me sick. I hate how divided we are. in the way we think it’s just so sad to see how polarized we’ve become, especially since the onset of the internet and social media.

Although politics is one of the worst aspects of American society today in my opinion, it also can give us things to laugh about together, no matter what way we lean on our beliefs.

I think George Bush was a good person at heart. He tried his best for all of us and that’s all we can ask for in a leader. He also had some funny, public mishaps, or “Bush-isms” These are some of my all-time favorites: (It’s a lot funnier if you watch him saying these things!! Here’s a compilation video!)

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

“Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001
“And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.”—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007
“People say, ‘How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?’ You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in’s house and say I love you.”—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002
“Well, I think if you say you’re going to do something and don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.”—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000
“Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”—LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
And finally…
“They misunderestimated me.”—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
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The Sound of Music

Every year, after the last performance on Sunday, the whole musical cast stays for the tradition of senior speeches. Here was mine:

My entire life up until sophomore/junior year was sports. I played sports, I watched sports on tv, and I hung out with friends who played the same sports I did. After soccer ended in the fall, I’d put on my basketball shoes and spend my winters in the gym. Once the ground started to thaw, I was back out on the soccer field.

This routine continued until sophomore year when I fell out of love with basketball. I don’t exactly know why, I just didn’t enjoy it. Basketball and I didn’t get along like we used to.

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How do you solve a problem like Maria? (PC Barb Hogan)

Sophomore year, I went to see the Secret Garden. I watched them all on stage having such a good time and I thought, yeah, I want to do that. I’m good at singing. So I did.

I remember my last basketball game. I got in the car with my mom and even though we won, I was crying. My mom asked me what was wrong and I said I was never playing basketball again, I was going to do the musical. She was so surprised, and rightly so. It was so out of the ordinary for me to say something like that. She told me I’d change my mind. I didn’t, and somehow I knew I wasn’t going to.

I’ve always been indecisive, but this was one of the things I knew I wanted. There was no doubt in my mind I’d be on stage that next year instead of the basketball court.

The next year after soccer ended, I didn’t put on my basketball shoes. Instead, I entered the magical world of Brigadoon. I switched gym shoes for ballet flats, and pump-up songs to the Hamilton soundtrack. And I loved it.

I loved it so much. People accepted me for who I was. I didn’t have to be the best, and I made so many new friends. I found myself smiling and laughing more. I really enjoyed being a part of something bigger than myself. It was teamwork, but in a different way. I guess a lot of people don’t see theatre as teamwork, but I do. It’s a team of people from all different walks of life who all have talents and can touch something in the soul of every person in the audience by singing and dancing together.

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Herr Zeller and I before rocking the dance floor (PC Barb Hogan)

Fast forward to this year in The Sound of Music. I didn’t get a callback this year, and I’m not going to lie, I was expecting one. Instead, I found a role as the new postulant, a nun, and a ballroom dancer. I loved every second of it. Being one of the only seniors in the ensemble, I learned so much about leadership, earning respect, and being kind to everyone, regardless of their imperfections.

I regret having missed out on having a community like this my first two years of high school. This year, my goal was to give back and hopefully have the same effect the theatre had on me when I needed it the most. I hope I achieved it, and by the looks of the many fan-o-grams I got, and the tears on people’s faces, I’d say my efforts paid off.

I got to wear the most beautiful dress ever (from David’s Bridal!) and once again, I was part of a team that put on an amazing show and had fun doing it. I’m going to miss being involved in theatre at MHS and I wouldn’t change being a part of those two shows for anything. They will always be some of my most cherished memories from high school.

And that is what MHS theatre has meant to me. I’ll miss it ❤

 

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Thankful for all of them 💕

Hiami Mills 🐬

 

When I walk through the doorway to work at Miami Hills Swim and Tennis Club everyday over the summer, the next few hours are unpredictable.

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This is the best picture I have of the doorway. Peter just happened to be in the way. I’m glad he was though, because his facial expression and outfit capture the rainy day feeling.

 

Will it be a slow day or will it be crowded? Who am I working my shift with? Who am I replacing and where are they in the rotation? Will someone drown? Will someone hit their head on the diving board? (definitely my #1 fear) Is the manager on duty in a good mood? Will I leave at 9 or will we stay later to clean up?

The doorway is a giant arch and is a welcoming sight, in my opinion. I think it’s because there is no physical door, just a pathway lined with flowers, benches, and a front desk worker. There’s a certain vibe you get walking through the door that’s indescribable. It’s like a smell of chlorine combined with sunshine, laughing kids, a mist of water, sunscreen, sun-kissed, highlighted hair and skin, flip-flops, and a damp beach towel.

Right after you walk in, the manager’s office is to the right. This door is tightly shut most days because it keeps the air conditioning in. I usually open this door with even more uncertainty. I have to open it to clock in and get paid, but what is inside? Is the manager on an important phone call or meeting? Is the intimidating swim lessons teacher in there?

After opening this door, I move to the next door: the guard room. This door is usually closed in order to keep out the smell of the old towels, floors that are rarely cleaned, and a fridge that has accumulated rust. I think a fly colony lives in this room because they always buzz in my ears and theres a piece of sticky fly tape hanging from the ceiling. After walking through this door and into the room, I talk to whichever “down-guard” is in there on break and open the door of my locker to grab my whistle, water bottle, and towel. I close my locker and it makes that clanging, ringing, high pitched noise only old, rusty lockers make. Everyone has at least one complaint about the guard room, but I know we cherish it and wouldn’t want it any other way. If it was clean and tidy, it wouldn’t seem as inviting for a group of exhausted, hardworking teenagers.

After leaving the guard room, I walk through the easy-open, mesh screen door into the concession stand. This room is easily the hottest room, even though there are multiple fans going. There’s a subtle hum of the pretzel machine, ice cream freezer and “frushee” machine as you walk through the door. There is always someone working who will say hi and talk to me, usually to update me on how the day’s going. After I walk in the room, the door closes with the familiar WHAP of the old door needing new hinges and longing to be replaced. I miss that sound. It’s the sound of a place that is old and has so many memories kept inside of it, only to allow you to make new ones everyday.

After socializing for a few seconds, I go to the side room to fill up my water with ice. We have the best ice water I have ever tasted in my life. I walk into the freezer room and open the door to the ice machine. I know what kind of day it is based on how much ice is in there. Since we have the best ice, people will always ask us to fill things with ice for them. The less ice we have, the more crowed it is.

After getting my ice water, I walk through the other flapping screen door to begin my shift as a guarder of life at Miami Hills.

All of these little things and doors I pass through make Miami Hills the best place to work. I can’t wait to have this routine back everyday in a few months. Summer 2018 here I come!! 😎

 

Cousins

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are the thousand (399) words that go with my cover photo on my blog.

The Renner cousin clan from left to right:

Morgan Renner: she just recently graduated from SCAD and is an amazing artist. She also illustrated a children’s book and I love hanging out with her over the holidays, she knows how to have a good time.

Molly Clarke: She just got engaged over Christmas and is set to have the wedding next December and I’m so excited for it!! She’s from Texas and moved to up here to go to Miami. She has a full-time job and a super cute apartment in Mount Lookout and her life is honestly goals.

Shannon Renner: Most of you know her, she goes to school here!! What you may not know is that she is super talented at singing and everything music. She has an amazing sense of style (I’m obsessed with her yellow coat) and her instagram/finsta are so funny and keep me going.

Patrick Renner: My brother! He’s going to graduate from Notre Dame this spring with a pre-med degree and I’m so proud of him! He also has a really funny sense of humor and has an awe-inspiring collection of memes.

Lauren Renner: Some of you might know her, she graduated from MHS two years ago and is also good at all musical and art things like Shannon and Morgan. She goes to UC and is doing really well! She spent last summer in Yellowstone and this year she’s going to Alaska. She’s also super fun to spend time with at the holidays.

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Caroline and her cute bf

Me: Just enjoying the beautiful waves of Seabrook Island. I want to go back so bad!!!

Caroline Clarke: She’s also from Texas and is going to nursing school. She and I bond over our love for cats and the fact that we are the youngest siblings. She also has a really cute boyfriend and I miss her a lot, but I’ll see her at Molly’s wedding!!

Danny Renner: My other brother! He’s going to graduate from OSU this spring! (We got so lucky all of our graduations ended up being different weekends yay!) He’s going to be an officer in the Marines after graduation. He also loves football and everything that has to do with sports.

Katy Clarke: The oldest out of all of us! She’s also really into sports, especially football and baseball. She just got a job as a flight attended for Virgin Air and is doing awesome in San Francisco!

 

If you made it this far, here’s the original picture we retook:

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An Exclusive Interview with my Co-Counsel

Stephanie: Can you establish your name for the readers?
My name is Alex Wilson, and I am the co-counsel of Stephanie Renner for the defense.

Stephanie: What is Mock Trial, in your own words?
Basically, we get a case at the beginning of teh year and we have to develop an argument and stuff and fight for the case.

Stephanie: Why did you do Mock Trial?
I did it freshman year and then just kept doing it. There wasn’t much of a decision it kind of just happened.

Stephanie: Why did Stephanie do Mock Trial?

Opposing Counsel: OBJECTION YOUR HONOR LACK OF PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE

Stephanie: Your honor, opposing counsel should not be intervening in this blog post. May I remind you, we are not in a courtroom.

Judge: Overruled. Mr. Wilson, you may answer the question.

Well, opposing counsel is correct I don’t know why Stephanie did mock trial.

Stephanie: Did you like having Stephanie as a partner?
When she stayed on top of her work.

Stephanie: Why?
Because I don’t like it when one person (me) does the work of both people.

Stephanie: What did Stephanie contribute to the team?
Stephanie really contributed lots of emphatic and frantic hand gestures and sassy retorts about the defendant, as well as Mr. Wolfford’s funny remarks.

Stephanie: What is your favorite memory of her at Mock Trial?
Well, we were on the bus going to the competition and Wolfford decided to pull over at a Burger King to get Steph breakfast because she hadn’t eaten. He took her inside and they both got food, and when Stephanie got back on the bus, she unwrapped her chicken biscuit (why a chicken biscuit though seriously) and saw the Burger King logo on the wrapper and said “wait were we in Burger King I thought that was an Arby’s”

Stephanie: How did Stephanie change from 7th bell math class to 3:30 trial?
She gets even less focused.

Stephanie: Stephanie is a good partner, isn’t she?

Opposing Counsel: OBJECTION YOUR HONOR LEADING QUESTION

Stephanie: Ugh. Sorry, I will rephrase the question.

Was Stephanie a good partner?
That’s debatable. She usually lost her binder and never remembered to print any of her materials before competition. But other than that, sure.

Stephanie: Your honor, I would like to introduce exhibit A into evidence in this blog post.

Stephanie: Can you conclude from this document that you two work well together?
From a personal standpoint, yes.

Stephanie: Where was this picture taken?
Courtroom 204 at the Clermont County Courthouse in Batavia.

Stephanie: How do you feel about the fact that Stephanie posted it on instagram?
Very special.

Stephanie: Are there any hard feelings there?
What? No.

Stephanie: And who was the winner of the “Outstanding Attorney” award at this trial?
I did, not Steph.

Stephanie: Do you feel that you deserved it over Stephanie?
Well, I actually print out all of my materials.

Stephanie: In your expert opinion, should any underclassmen who has some free time in the winter join mock trial?
Yes! Do it!

Stephanie: No further questions Mr. Wilson, thank you for your time.

Good Times

I got a t shirt quilt with all of my old t shirts on it for Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited!! It’s the perfect time of year for a quilt because its so cold!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

A lot of you didn’t know younger (junior high and elementary) Steph, but she only wore t shirts all the time. Not much has changed, but that’s besides the point.

I forgot about half of these shirts and it’s bringing back the memories of how I wore the same few shirts all the time and I miss them! It’s almost sad that they are on the quilt because I can’t wear them!!

Anyway, I just thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites!

  • Warrior Pride – All I can say is that I wish this shirt still fit me because it was a nice shirt. Unfortunately, tiny freshman me got a small and never imagined she’d grow out of it.

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  • Creek Classic Shirt – How could I leave this one out? I played in a tournament with a boys’ team. The goalie on the other team we were playing against trash talked me and them I scored on him!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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  • CSA orange shirt – I wore this to every soccer practice! I kind of hate the color orange but I love all of the memories and fun times I had wearing this shirt three times every week and playing for CSA.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Firebirds – This is my shooting shirt for when I played basketball for the Milford Firebirds in elementary school! I was the 2 guard and shot the ball every time I got a chance. The firebirds were such a good team, I miss them. It doesn’t even feel that long ago. Fun fact one of them is going to play D1 next year which is pretty awesome!

 

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  • The Little Freshman that Could –  And now we are the seniors “up to no good”. how was this 3 years ago?? I think I’d choose our senior homecoming shirt over this one, but this is definitely my second favorite.
  • Diving Champs shirts – I was a diver when I was younger for Miami Hills (where i work now). I was actually a really good diver! My favorite dive to do was a back dive! I thought these shirts were the coolest because my name was on the back! Lol