By: Cassie Clapper/ Junior Writer
Everyone has a ‘phobia’ or fear of something. From small to large. Anything, to everything. I, myself, have Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns. Curiosity can get the better of people and make them wonder about others’ fears. For Blue Ridge students and teachers, it can range to about anything in the world.
Calvin Scheideler – 9th Grader: I have a fear of falling and fake friends. I’ve had people switch sides on me; I’ve tried to keep my friend circle close. I’ll probably get over it in the future. (Basophobia, or Basiphobia)
Christian Igoe – 12th Grader: I am afraid of planes. I got on one before, and I cry to deal with it. I don’t think I’ll ever conquer it. (Aviophobia) I’m also afraid of tornadoes. I saw on the news about Joplin City getting destroyed. No, I don’t think I’ll get over it, either. (Lilapsophobia, or a severe type of Astraphobia)
Dawn Crook – IT Support Specialist: I have a fear of driving on the highway. It’s getting worse; I avoid it at all costs. I won’t get over it without therapy. (Vehophobia)
Nancy Burkett – Biology Teacher: My fear is fire ever since I was little. I’m cautious around every kind of fire and I don’t think I’ll get over it in the future. (Pyrophobia)
Alec Mazikewich – Science Teacher: I’d say that my fear would be Biochemical Warfare. I studied it over the last 17 years, I stay aware. As soon as World Peace happens, I’ll get over it.
Cassandra (Cassie) Clapper is a silent senior who loves art. She’d like to be a fashion designer, illustrator or a photographer because that’s what she’s most interested in. She’s usually writing songs, sketching, on her phone or taking pictures.