Student siblings survive high school together

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Student siblings survive high school together

Shantelle Graft, '19, carries her sister, Kimberly Graft, '22, through high school.

Shantelle Graft, '19, carries her sister, Kimberly Graft, '22, through high school.

Shantelle Graft, '19, carries her sister, Kimberly Graft, '22, through high school.

Shantelle Graft, '19, carries her sister, Kimberly Graft, '22, through high school.

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by Ella Olberding

Of the Gleaner

 

Siblings can be a blessing, while being a burden. In the end, however they are the ones there when we need it most, especially during high school.

Having a sibling throughout high school can be a fun, memorable, and learning experience for most.

The Anderson sisters, Ava, ‘22, and Abbe, ‘19, are an example of under/ upperclassmen siblings.

“Hanging out with Abbe and her friends is always fun because they always make me feel welcome,” Ava said. “We also did bowling together recently, which was a fun experience with her.”

On the flip side, Abbe explained what it’s like to be the older sister.

“I really make an effort to make her feel welcome when I see her, but I also have to be a role model for her,” Abbe said. “I do have to give her rides to a lot of places, but I really do enjoy seeing her around.”

It can be tough balancing being a successful role model while being a supportive sibling.

Shantelle Graff, ‘19, shared her feelings about going to school with her sister Kimberly Graff, ‘22.

“While I dislike it when Kimberly takes a while to leave for school in the morning, I like that she packs her lunch everyday so I can steal her food for lunch,” Shantelle said. “My favorite high school memory with Kimberly has been driving to school together and getting breakfast, which has really helped us grow closer.”

Kimberly also enjoys the experience of having a sibling at Wahlert.

“Having Shantelle here has been super helpful,” Kimberly stated. “I feel much more welcome with her here. She has made my first year memorable and has been a good role model to have.”

As the 2018-2019 school year draws to a close, seniors are preparing for college, leaving their siblings behind to make the best out of the years they have left.

Anderson offers some advice to her younger sister Ava.

“When I leave Wahlert, I would advise Ava to take advantage of opportunities, do what she wants to do and spend lots of time with friends.”

Shantelle Graff also left some guidance for her sister Kimberly.

“I hope she can be herself without caring what others think because it will make high school much more enjoyable.”

In the end, siblings may annoy us, pick on us, and be a pain, but their unconditional love and support makes up for all of the negatives, especially being able to share memories that will last a lifetime.

 

 

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