Here's some fun information about your counseling team you may not have known before!
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: Return to Me
Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Favorite Dessert: I prefer salt! When we go out to eat w/friends, when they're ordering dessert I'll get my appetizer!
Favorite Summer Activity: Family vacations (we go on the same trips every year - I LOVE the traditions!), fireworks, fireflies, working in my garden, going to the cabin/lake that I grew up at on my grandparents' farm
Best way to relieve stress: What I usually do: Space out. What is actually most effective: going for a walk, getting outside, or yoga
Advice for students while they're away: Figure out ways to actually see people (virtually) and hear their voices. Don't just rely on silent forms of communication. I got to have a "virtual" check in with my cousins last night using Facebook Messenger Video. It was easy and simple, and it was SO GOOD to hear their voices and laugh together. Also, we've been taking family walks every day with our dogs. One of our dogs, Macy, has gotten obese (I know - - it's awful!) I'm grateful for this time to force us to slow down and have time to do things like family walks and working to get Macy healthier again.
A message to the class of 2020: You guys - - - my heart goes out to you! You were born around 9/11 and now you're graduating during a global pandemic. It's crazy! I have no doubt you will find innovative and creative ways to still try to do as much as virtually possible to go through traditions. It's okay to grieve the things you are losing out on, but I hope you figure out ways to turn that energy into making the best of it as possible. We can't control so many of the things going on, but we can control our own thoughts and behavior. Reach out to each other. Stay connected. Find humor in it. Write good ole fashion handwritten notes to the people who have positively impacted your education and send them the notes.
Something students may not know about you: For a brief moment in time, I was part of a group that held a Guinness Book of World record! My college (Miami University) hosted an alumni event where couples could come and renew their vows (because - for whatever reason - Miami has a higher-than-average percentage of grads who marry each other and are known as "Miami Mergers." My husband and I are Miami Mergers!) So, we participated in this fabulously cheesy event, and it was a world record! It became really popular and other colleges across the country started doing this with their alum so I think the record only lasted about 6 weeks or so.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Movie: Die Hard
Favorite Food: Dr. Pepper
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favorite Summer Activity: Coaching my kids' baseball and softball
Best way to relieve stress: Running
Advice for students while they're away: Take care of your
school work and yourself each day by doing things you enjoy.
A message to the class of 2020: You have survived so many
crazy events in your life. Stay strong, stick together, and you will crush this too.
Something students may not know about you: I can sit and watch TV all day long
Favorite Color: Teal, Pink and SPARKLES!
Favorite Movie: The Mummy, and the Pirates of the Caribbean (yes, all 5)
Favorite Food: Spaghetti & Meatballs (I also love a good turkey sandwich)
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip & Pistachio
Favorite Summer Activity: Kayaking
Best way to relieve stress: Petting my cats & crafting! I love to make anything myself: cards, mason jar projects, floral projects and just anything in between!
Advice for students while they're away: Spend some time away from the screen! Play an old-fashion board game or Go Fish!
A message to the class of 2020: You will always remember your senior year at Ashland High School :)
Something students may not know about you: I am very into a good skincare routine! Always wash your makeup off before going to bed, and wash your face in the morning. I love experimenting with face masks, eye masks, and lip scrubs (DIY beauty products are posted below!).
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Movie: A Muppet's Christmas Carol
Favorite Food: Homemade Italian
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: All of it! Coffee gelato with chocolate sauce
Favorite Summer Activity: Going to the beach
Best way to relieve stress: Hot tea and a good book
Advice for students while they're away: Do things you enjoy. Focus on one day at a time.
A message to the class of 2020: You are an amazing group of students. You have had obstacles in the past and overcame them. You can overcome this too. You've got this!
Something students may not know about you: I'm afraid to drive over large/high bridges
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Movie: All of the Harry Potter movies and the Indiana Jones trilogy!
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Velvet original Vanilla Ice Cream with Hersey's syrup or Velvet Raspberry Fudge Cordial
Favorite Summer Activity: Spending time with my granddaughters at the park!
Best way to relieve stress: Playing with my granddaughters
Advice for students while they're away: Stay focused on your academics as best you can, stay in contact with friends - text or call, and relax doing things you enjoy.
A message to the class of 2020: This senior year is one of life's lessons you will never forget. Do not assume that things will remain the same because they never do. Life is about dealing with change as it happens, finding the strength in your soul, and being the Master of your own destiny!
Something students may not know about you: You might not know that your parents probably had my husband, Jim Deppen as a science teacher at AMS or a football, wrestling or throwers coach in the past - ask them!