Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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Putting yourself out there for all to see is not an easy thing to do.  In fact, it's pretty brave.  The many people who participated in my photography project knew that their image and their story would be part of an exhibit and that I would be blogging about them.  That's brave.  Janine is one such person who shows her bravery in many ways. I've known her for years, but have gotten to know her better through this project and I have grown to truly admire her.  Her story is touching and inspiring.

In her words:

"I wanted to hide in the beginning.  Now, I search for eye contact, share a smile, and enjoy the sometimes surprised reactions reflecting back at me.  If I’m honest, what I see in the mirror doesn’t accurately reflect who I am.  Alopecia may have taken my hair, but ultimately, the diagnosis has enriched my spirit.  I hold my head higher now than I did before because I have embraced the mantra that adorns my head, “Let it go…”  My tattoo is a gentle reminder to myself and others to release the things in this world that we cannot control, and that’s pretty much everything!  I’ve added to my tattoo over the years in hopes that people will take a second look -- not at me, but at the message. “Letting it go” continues to help me move through the world with a renewed energy, purpose, and evolving sense of self.  I’m forever grateful."

Janine Sanger

Director of Health and FACS

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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An English teacher and an Art teacher, true love from the first date. Although they work in the same building and even share some of the same students, they really don't see one another during their work day, except for their lunch date.  Every day during C period, they meet in Todd's room and they wouldn't have it any other way.

“Lunch date?”

“Date day?”

"These are common questions we hear when our co-workers see us sitting down for lunch together. Somehow, these same people fail to notice the 20 plus students that are surrounding us on our so-called “romantic” date. Each day, we eat lunch together surrounded by students who may or may not be a part of our conversations. Every year, the crowd changes, but the chaos is the same. It has certainly made for some interesting lunch dates, and it has kept us from becoming the ‘dining dead’.

Lunch conversations are never stale, even if the tortilla chips are. Teenagers are an endless stream of drama and hilarity, even more so in the art room. We wanted to capture the feeling of our lunches with these teenagers who constantly help us to evolve and stay interesting. (It's a tough job.)

If you are looking for a way to spice up your dates, we suggest planting yourself in the middle of a room full of smart, creative, passionate teenagers and just see what happens."

 

Carolyn Stahl

English Teacher

Todd Stahl

Art Teacher

Webster Thomas High School

 

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