Valentine’s Day Edition: McNick community shares who holds a special place in their hearts

Valentine’s Day is a day to spread extra love and positivity all around the world. From making cards to giving flowers and sweet treats, there are many ways people celebrate this holiday. It is a special time to express love to the ones around us. Sometimes the busy days of life get in the way and people often forget to show gratitude and love to the ones that matter the most. Thankfully, this day brings a perfect opportunity to show appreciation to the important ones in your life.

There are many different reasons why we have much love for the people in our lives. Everyone has a different reason why they love a certain person and even how they express that love.

Senior Emily Taylor stated, “Someone that I love is my mother. Something that is special about my mom is that she will stop everything to help me in whatever I need. I could be needing help with my math homework or trying to get snow off my car, and I know she will always help me.

Emily Taylor and her mother shared Emily’s cheer senior night together. Taylor said, “It was one of the highlights of my time in high school, my senior night. My mom has supported me in cheer for the past 7 years, and I’m so grateful for that.”  

Athletic Assistant Susan Rohlfs also stated that someone she loves is her mother.

“My mom grew up in London during WWII and the blitz. They had no food, her father left them in the middle of the war. She had such a hard life until she met my father and moved to the US. She is a strong, caring, faithful person and a great role model,” Rohlfs stated.

Freshman Amanda Braig said, “I love my parents because they are always there to support me and get me through a tough day. They believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself. They are so supportive of every decision I make and always help me out when I need it the most.”

SAIL Teacher Val Combs explained her love for her husband of 34 years of marriage. “The Coach of the Rocket Bowling and Tennis Teams! A smart, successful man who I am lucky to call my husband,” Combs said.

Sophomore Caitlyn Voet described her love for her oldest niece. “Her name is Maggie and she is almost six years old and it honestly scares me how smart she is. She is one of the funniest people to be around and can always make me smile. I would move heaven and earth for her and all my other nieces and nephews. I see her almost every day and love her like a daughter. Maggie is freaky smart and one of the brightest and happiest kids I know,” Voet stated.

Sophomore Caitlin Voet and Maggie danced together at Voet’s eighth grade musical. Voet stated, “All the photos I have of us together are very special to me because I do not have very many of them and when I look at them, I can specifically recall the time we took it and it brings back good memories. For example, during the musical, she [Maggie] was in the audience and she recognized me from the stage and yelled my name in the middle of the performance.”

Senior Anna Eiser listed many people who have greatly impacted her life including Aiden Burt, Jason Munzel, Ruby Horgan, and Bobby Fechtel who are all currently students at McNicholas High School. Eiser stated, “They are the funniest, caring, and supportive friends. They have made my senior year amazing, and I do not think I will ever be able to thank them enough for that.”

Receptionist Jill Cheek described her son, Michael Cheek, who is currently a sophomore at McNicholas. Cheek said, “He is smart, kind, hard-working, and has the best sense of humor.”

Senior Lauren Cox said someone special to her was her Grandma Pat. “It has almost been a year since she died, so I’ve been thinking about her a lot more lately. I was her first grandchild, so we had a very special relationship. She supported me in everything I did, and she has such a genuine love for all her family and friends that it still inspires me,” Cox said.


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