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Journal Writing Project: Small town

By Kaia Hongerholt

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The band Rehab captured it best in their song “Welcome Home,” when they describe their hometown. Growing up in a small town is an experience that only the lucky ones receive.

People who grow up in a large city like New York City or Los Angeles are raised with locked doors, subway passes, and a couple friends. In a small town students are exposed to a larger variety than a large high school would have to offer. From sports to friendships to classes, a small town can offer it all. There are not tryouts for sports teams because everyone is welcomed to play, and friendships are even strong between seniors and freshmen.

Class sizes can vary from 20 kids all the way down to four. This offers students the chance to know your teachers and get the one on one help with homework. When you walk down the halls of Lanesboro High School, every day you will get a welcoming hello and a joke from Mr. O’Koren. His bright face is always there to brighten your day. This shows the close-knit family our community has formed. Coming from a small town sets students ahead when they go to college. These students will have participated in a wider range of extra-curricular activities to prepare them. This is where the star quarterback is also the point guard on the basketball team, the valedictorian, and the leading trumpet in the band. Having the opportunities that a small town offers prepares students for a full load of college course work, but also offers a quiet place to come home to. For me, coming from Lanesboro means knowing I have a place to come home to. No matter which path you choose, to go to college, enter the military, or the work force, you have the skill set to accomplish whatever your dreams are.

Living in a small town may seem like a negative while your growing up, but when you leave your small town you realize the love and opportunity it offered you.

Kaia Hongerholt is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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