Meet Haley ... Merrill High School Class of 2015
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
By Tina L. Scott
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It’s not easy to miss Haley Arndt … her smile is genuine, her eyes lively, and her spirit just a bit playful and mischievous!  So if you’ve encountered Haley at Merrill High School where she is currently a junior and will graduate with the Class of 2015 … or at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she reads on Sundays, attends confirmation class, and loves to participate in summer camps … or at Dairy Queen where she works part time during the summer dishing up Blizzards and Moo Lattes and Royal Treats, or at Les & Jim’s Lincoln Lanes where she works during the winter … chances are she’s made a lasting impression.  Once you’ve met Haley and spent time with her, you can’t help but love her.  She’s one of those people that just seem to radiate that special … something.  Difficult to define, but joyful and kind and highly contagious!

If you haven’t already met Haley, let me introduce you to her.  She is one of my Senior Models for the Class of 2015 and has quickly become a friend.  I’m so glad she decided to become one of this year’s models!! 

Haley is absolutely ecstatic about becoming a high school senior and all that it entails.  “What I am most looking forward to my senior year is making memories before I go off to college … to last a lifetime,” she says.  “My friends and I will all be going our separate ways after high school, so I just want to have fun and do as many things with them as I can the last year we have together.”

I asked Haley to describe something she is passionate about and she replied, “Just living life and living it to the fullest!  I try to have fun with life and take a few risks.  Being silly and goofy is one of the best things to do with friends.  Yeah, my friends and I might look dumb when we are goofing off, but we have fun and we are making memories!”

Some of those memories have revolved around Haley’s time as a senior model.  “My favorite thing about being a model is that I had the chance to make new friends with the four wonderful ladies I met,” she says.  “I also LOVE getting my picture taken, and it’s always fun to see how the pictures turn out, even if I am doing something goofy in the picture and I look terrible.  Ha ha!” 

[I insert my disclaimer here:  Haley has never looked terrible in any of her pictures!]

Other memories revolve around all of the things Haley is involved in at school … the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Her favorite classes in school are art and English.  Her worst?  Chemistry.  “I HATE chemistry,” she says emphatically.  Haley is also involved in the fall play, forensics, Link Crew, Octagon Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Art Club, and Accelerated Art.  Like all of my senior models, she is one busy young lady.

Even at work, Haley is making great memories to last a lifetime.  At the bowling alley she gets to work with her friends.  “We have a blast!” she says.  And while working at Dairy Queen in the summer?  “I love it because—duh!  I get to work with ice cream,” Haley says.  Can’t get much better than that!

Besides serving up frozen treats to all of us DQ lovers this summer, Haley is excited for all the other joys of summer that are just around the corner.  (Yes, despite the piles of white stuff that still surround us to make us doubt it, warm weather, sunshine, and mosquitos will soon be here!)  “I love camping and hiking!” Haley says.  And she hopes to spend some time doing that soon.  “The fresh air and beautiful scenery we see when hiking up in Michigan is spectacular.  Plus being outdoors makes you feel great and it is a great way for my family to bond.”

“I also love hanging out with my friends.  Whether it’s just talking, watching movies, or shopping, we have fun no matter what!" Haley says.  

"I also love shopping!" she adds.  "I love trying on different outfits and just looking through the shops to see what they have.” 

The latter is helping her to get geared up for her “real” senior portrait session coming up fast in June!  I asked Haley how she would rate her anticipation for her senior session on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being in a coma and 10 being over the moon.  Her answer?  “I am at an 11 for my senior pictures!” Haley says.  “I cannot wait! Like I said before, I LOVE taking pictures and getting my picture taken. I am so pumped!”

You know what?  I am, too!  I absolutely cannot wait for school to get out and for us to hit some new hot spots I have in mind for this year’s seniors and create some awesome images Haley and the other Class of 2015 seniors are going to LOVE! 

Come on summer!  We're waiting for you!

Tina


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