Sophomore tells downside of being vertically challenged

Rose Wahlmeier, Sports page editor

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What’s it like being up there? Being able to see above everyone’s head? To reach the top shelf? I wouldn’t know.
I’m only 5’2” and I like it, thank you very much. Being short isn’t all positives, though.
I have to get practically every single pair of jeans tailored.
When walking down the hallway I have to swim my way to class. It’s like a huge school of tall fish charging at me.
Walking behind me in the hallway has its benefits, though.
Mrs. Loucks says it makes her feel tall.
Still, at a dance, junior Grant Shell would not be an adequate dance partner for me.
Someone closer to my range would  be ideal.. like freshman Noah Parker.
Another downside of being short is assigned seats, if you are placed behind a tall person.
There is no way you are going to see past them.
This also applies in movie theaters; if you sit behind pretty much anyone, you will not be able to view the whole screen. Their head becomes 10x larger than normal.
Nicknames are sometimes an unwelcome by-product being short. Even teachers will call us Shortie, Smalls or Short Stack.
Surprisingly, most vertically challenged people love hugs . . . except sophomore Noelle Haselhuhn; she’s very resistant to love.
Still, she is the only one who is allowed in the STUBBY Club with me: S – special T – talented U – unique B – big B – butted Y – yummy.

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