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.
Cassie Clapper is a junior in high school and her first year in journalism. She is artistic in many ways and expresses her herself through digital art, fashion design, and sketching. One of her hobbies include photography. The inspiration to her love of art was through seeing her father draw a self portrait on a whiteboard when she was a kid. Her plans are to go to an art college to achieve her goals and to expand her knowledge. Her family and friends complete her in many ways, even in ways they don’t realize. Her dream is to be a fashion designer to show more expression into today’s generation.