valentine's day diy
CREATED BY CALLIE SPICE
WRITTEN BY EVA SZOCIK
Like a snowflake falling formed by atmospheric water, you are new
You are fresh
It all comes from within
You may not feel it,
But you have the power to always
New year, new you?
Anytime is the time to change
You are full to the roof with
You’re filled to the top with
Tell yourself you’re weak
And you will be
Be careful with what you fill your mind
Fill your mind with darkness
And you will be enveloped by it
Fill your mind with light, however
And you will transform through it
Like a snowflake falling formed by atmospheric water, you are new
You are fresh
If you choose to be
CREATED BY EMMA DUFFY
WRITTEN BY ABIGAIL CLARK
The way I dress, is my choice.
The music I listen to, is my choice.
They say they won’t judge you
but you don’t hear the words
behind your back.
Think, do colors define you?
No, they don’t.
You are you.
You aren’t something that someone can throw around
And think it’s okay.
There are so many ways.
These all speak to who you are.
And don’t let
WRITTEN BY HAILEY LENTZ
There were two people
Both had brown hair,
They would both stare
into each other's eyes
Cries of joy
They both instantly fell in love
Like two doves
They had a lot in common
They went on their first date
He still treats her like a queen
She treats him like a king
Their love never stings
Seven years and they’re still cute
She’s as beautiful as heaven
He’s as handsome as the sunset
They started dating on February 14, 2008
A year went by, now it’s 2016
Love can last forever
There is never lost faith
Even though there may be slopes
there is still hope
LEVEL THREE: THE TRUTH HURTS
WRITTEN BY SHALEN TULLY
for the love of music
WRITTEN BY MORGAN STARK
The Greatest love songs submitted by Reagan staff and students
2015 through my lens
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHLOE HAAPALA
WRITTEN BY ALEXIS TORRES
Love. The intense feeling of deep connections one has with another. Everyone eventually feels this flittering sensation at least once in their lifetime. When you hear the word love, what do you think about? Holding hands, hugging, kissing, or that one glance that can entirely change someone’s life. To me love is that on feeling that just lifts you off your feet. Nicholas Sparks once said “"Love is like the wind, you can't see it, but you can feel it." That’s basically my deep feeling of it. My name is Olivia Rose, and this is my story.
I was 17 years old when I fell deeply in love. The day started off raining cats and dogs. My best friend Ella Matthews had just texted me offering me a ride to school. We have been best friends since we were in first grade. She had moved from Alaska, and she was sort of shy; I loved making new friends so I introduced myself and we have been best friends ever since. I said sure, thinking that it was going to be faster than just waiting for the bus in the pouring rain. When in reality it was slower than the bus. We ended up being twenty minutes late and it was terrible finding parking so we ended up having to run a block and a half. By the time we got in our high school, we were soaking wet. Now you may be asking yourself, Why is this part even relevant? Well, trust me...it is - because if it wasn’t for us being late, I doubt there would be a story to tell.
As soon as we got inside, Ella and I ran up the stairs and down the hallway towards our lockers. We both grabbed our materials, and then Ella ran in one direction while I ran the opposite way towards my English class. I ran down the hallway and made a sharp right. I wasn’t looking where I was going, so I promptly ran into someone. I had never seen this person before. We made eye contact for about ten seconds before I fell back into reality. I apologized for my clumsiness, grabbed my books that had fallen, and we both stood up slowly. I took one last glance, tucked a piece of hair behind my ear, then slowly made my way to my English class. Before entering the room, I took one last glance at where I had left him, but by that time he had already gone.
I zoned out for the majority of English that day. I couldn’t help but replay what happened in the hallway. His dark brown hair. His deep brown eyes. He was the exact amount of gorgeous - other girls in the school would call him “bae material.”
After lunch I walked into my second to last class, biology. I was just taking my seat when I noticed the biology teacher walking out of his office with a boy - the boy that I bumped into this morning. Once everyone in the class quieted down,the teacher introduced the boy as Elijah Gates, a transfer student from California.
“Elijah Gates,” I said under my breath. His name rolled easily off my tongue. The teacher assigned him his seat, which ended up being diagonally across from me at the next table.
Over the course of the semester we barely talked. We mostly threw glances at each other. There were one or two mini conversations, but nothing too serious to label a friendship.
After first semester, Valentine’s Day started to roll around. The school was selling lovey dovey things like little stuffed animals and candy grams. I imagined that I’d yet again be the girl that talked about candy grams other girls had gotten, but not actually receive one myself. At the point they started to distribute the gifts I was in my study hall. To my surprise,I ended up receiving one of the lovey dovey gestures: a candy gram. There was no name from whom it was from, but it did read “To: Olivia Rose, the sweetest, cutest, and realist girl I know. I looked around wondering if my admirer was in the room. When I met eyes with Elijah, and he smiled broadly at me. I turned quickly, trying to hide my pink rosey cheeks and large smile.
Once school ended I walked to my bus, and I noticed Elijah waiting by my bus door. I tried to act casual, but I could feel the blood rushing to my cheeks, and there was no way I could contain that. As I got closer, he stood up straight and slowly walked towards me. Once we reached each other, we stopped.
“Do you want to go to the Valentine’s Day dance with me?” he asked.
I paused. It felt like time had frozen. Do I say yes? Do I say no?I quickly considered all the facts, and I decided what’s the worst that could happen? So I took that giant leap forward and said, “Yes.”
He smiled even wider, and then asked for my number so he could text me later.
At that point the dance was only a week away. I remember it like it was yesterday. My red cupcake dress and silver high heels. His James Bond look-alike tux. That night was absolutely perfect . He picked me up at my house around eight. We got to the dance around 8:15, and we ended up talking and dancing like we’ve been doing it for years for the rest of the night. Afterwards he dropped me off back at home. We said our goodbyes and at the very end...he kissed me. Fireworks went off in my head, and I was smiling the rest of the night.
By the next morning we were inseparable. He was so sweet, and didn’t act like a fool. He was more casual, like our “becoming a thing” was old news. It was just perfect. No big scenes were created. We just went with the flow of things.
By our one year anniversary, we were so in love. That year was the best year of my life. Every amazing memory contained Elijah in it - going to the movies, the annual fair and him winning me a giant stuffed bear, and the best of all was prom. Senior year was almost over and since we were both going to the same college, we decided to move in together. We had found this sweet studio apartment not too far from the college.
A month had passed and now there was only a day until graduation. Ella and I went to the mall to get ourselves some graduation outfits while Elijah and his best friend, Spencer, had their guy day.
The next morning I was super stoked to be moving on to the next chapter of my life. Moving in with Elijah, officially becoming a college student, everything was perfect.
In the last fifteen minutes of my high school experience I was looking all over for Elijah when all of a sudden he came running down the hall.
“Where have you been?” I asked in a worried voice. “The ceremony is going to start!”
When he finally got to me he gave me a huge hug. When he finally let go, he gripped my shoulders and looked at me square in the face. “Do you love me?” he asked.
“Of course!” I exclaimed. It was almost comical that he was asking me this now, after we’ve been together for almost 2 years. “Why?” I asked.
He took my hands, one by one, and said “Now, I know we are too young now to do anything more serious than move in together, but if we make it through the next four years of college together, side by side, would you consider marrying me?”
I was in shock, but I couldn’t imagine anything better. “Of course!” I said, with a huge smile on my face. He explained the conversation he had with Spencer when they were having there guy day and how Spencer put into perspective how grown up Elijah and I were being and how we were meant to be together.
“So are you ready?” Spencer asked enthusiastically.
“Yeah, it’s just graduation,” replied Elijah.
“No, I mean taking the next step with Olivia. That’s pretty big.”
“Oh yeah, totally! I love her so much- I can’t imagine life without her.”
Spencer took a breath. “Wow! I didn’t know you were that serious about her. I mean if you’re at this step where you are willing to marry her, then you must be in love,” He said in a congratulating tone.
“Who said anything about marriage?” Elijah asked.
“Well, you figure if you’re willing to live and spend the rest of your life with her...then why not just marry her?”
After having our big moment, we rushed back to the room where everyone was getting set up. The music began to play, and we started down the aisle. The principal called our names individually and at the end of it all, we moved our hat tassels to the opposite side making us all officially, the graduating class of 2016. That night, Ella and I met up with Elijah and Spencer at the after school graduation party. As our last night as teenagers before we take our big leap into the world, we partied like we never partied before. We all danced and cheered to the fact that we survived high school.
A week later Elijah and I went off to Stanford. We stayed together for the four years of college, and on the day we graduated from college, Elijah proposed to me in front of the whole school, on stage, just as my name was being called up. It was the most romantic thing he had ever done; and on August 23rd,2021, we said our vows. Since then we have lived happily ever and I can tell that our love will be everlasting.