Lily Overby and Fallon Parrish
Youngest - Lily Overbey
A common question I get asked is “When do you get your learners?” Most of my friends are getting their learners permits this year, and for me, that is not the case. My birthday falls in August. That means I don't turn 15 until August. After that, I have to wait six months for my permit, meaning I don't get my learners until February of 2020. That is one of the negative sides to being one of the youngest in the grade. In my opinion, there are more negatives than positives with being so young. The one positive is that I get to become more independent at a younger age. I will be 17 when I graduate and go to college, while the majority of my friends will be 18, and some will even be 19. I also had to mature quicker because I am younger than everyone else. As my peers matured, I learned to mature with them. However, I also can't get a tattoo as soon as them, vote, or drink. Maybe in the future I will see more benefits for being younger than my friends, but right now I don't.
Oldest - Fallon Parish
Most people start kindergarten at the age of five and turn six during the school year. I, on the other hand, started kindergarten at age six and turned seven at the end of the school year. My birthday is May 30th, 2003, so I’m one of oldest people in my grade. Even though I am older than most of peers, it isn’t as bad as one would think. I’m able to get everything before my friends. For example, I am able to get my learners permit and driver's license before everyone. I get bragging rights for this because most of my friends are younger and can’t wait until they get to drive. Not only that, but I can vote before most as well. But what isn’t good about being the oldest in my grade is that I always get the comment “Wow you’re so old” or “Why aren’t you a sophomore?” or “Did you get held back?” This can lead me to having to answer a lot of clarifying questions. Being the oldest in my grade isn’t as bad as one would think, but there are still a couple of downsides.