Harleton High School’s Unshakable Attitude of Gratitude

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Harleton High School’s Unshakable Attitude of Gratitude

Ryan Pepper Appreciates His Football Coach/Teacher

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Anna Valls

Ryan Pepper Appreciates His Football Coach/Teacher

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Ryan Pepper Appreciates His Football Coach/Teacher

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If there is any holiday that goes unappreciated, it is definitely Thanksgiving.

When the season of celebrations comes up, you hear so many songs and see so many decorations dedicated to the “popular” holidays like Halloween or Christmas. In fact, if all of these events went to school together, Halloween and Christmas would totally bully Thanksgiving for being “lame”.

Besides the fact that Thanksgiving often gets ignored, it seems like everyone has forgotten the true meaning.

No, the true meaning is not juicy turkey or tangy cranberry sauce. It is not even about the delicious chocolate pies your grandmother bakes with love. It’s about being thankful for all you have been given in life.

However, Harleton High School has not yet lost its Thanksgiving spirit. There is gratitude to be spread all around the school, and some of our residents have chosen to share the love.

This year, I would say I’m most thankful for the opportunity to play with teammates that not only support each other but consider one another as family. Being able to rely on one another plays a huge roll in sports and without a doubt, changes the way we play and work together,” stated sophomore Paiton Little.

If you ask someone what they are most thankful for, a large majority will answer with the basics. Saying that you are thankful for family or friends is extremely important, but there is so much more in life to be grateful for.

“I think I’m most grateful for laughter because honestly, it just brightens everyone’s mood. Laughter, joy, and happiness are what gets us out of out of reckless or hard-to-handle situations,” explained softball player, Lauren Mentz.

Unique answers that most people don’t think about are often times the best answers. Those are the answers that really come from the heart. But it is okay to be thankful for friends and family. Even if the ones you have are so far outside the box, you don’t know where the box lies.

“I am grateful for my friends because they give me their food and help me with my homework,” joked sophomore Spencer Hammack.

This just goes to show that it’s the little things in life we should appreciate.

Speaking of little, unnoticed things, if there’s anything we should really be thankful for, especially as a school, it’s the teachers. These are the men and women who spend their nights and days planning lessons, grading papers and making sure their students understand the material.  

One young man here has not let this go unnoticed.

I am thankful for the great teachers who have helped me throughout the year so far,” replied freshman Ryan Pepper.

Lastly, we can’t forget to be thankful for our soldiers. They risk their lives every single day just so we can have the right to be free. And if there is something we don’t have a shortage of in Harleton, its family support and thanks for our military.

Sophomore Preslie Lappin has her family to be thankful for, “I’m thankful for my brother, Weston, since he serves for the Marines. In fact, I’m thankful for every branch that serves our country. My family couldn’t be more blessed ‘cause Weston’s still able to stay in contact with us and stay close.”

 

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Allison Woods, Assistant Editor

Allison Woods is a sophomore and is involved in theatre and the fall play. She is also a founding member of the first Project LIt Harleton Book Club.  Ali...

Anna Valls, staff writer

Anna Valls is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff. Anna also participates in the HHS theatre department and competes in One Act Play.    

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