Birthdays have great school treats

Alex Burbidge, Reporter

Usually when birthdays are thought of, parties, cake and enjoying the whole day come to mind. However, that is rarely the case, as school can put a wrench in that plan in a heartbeat. Celebrating at school can still be a great, if not unique experience.

Liz Stoeck, sophomore, has her birthday on April 7. Stoeck, just like everyone else, has her opinions on the pros and cons of a school day birthday.

“The best part is that I get to see my friends during the day and get to celebrate with them,” Stoeck said. “While I look forward to my weekend birthdays, I do enjoy having it at school because I like seeing my friends and also the attention I can get.”

The worst part, according to Stoeck is something that is very relatable: the homework.

“The worst part is definitely waking up in the morning and realizing that I still have homework assigned,” Stoeck said.

However, in her family, Stoeck isn’t the only one celebrating; she has a twin brother Sam Stoeck. One might think that having a sibling share a birthday would take something away from having your own special day, but Liz Stoeck says that isn’t the case.

“We always have to pick who gets their birthday dinner on our actual birthday, and we take turns opening up gifts. Other than that, I think it’s pretty much normal,” Stoeck said.

Stoeck said that having school during her birthday isn’t always bad. One of her favorite memories came during a trip courtesy of the Chisholm Trail orchestra. “In eighth grade, I had a trip to Branson with orchestra that was a lot of fun, even though I wasn’t technically at school,” Stoeck said.

Teachers will sometimes celebrate their students’ birthdays, particularly the foreign language teachers. Donald Creasbaum, former French teacher, was known for this during his classes.

“Last year [he] had the class sing in French to me, which was kind of embarrassing,” Stoeck said. “I’d have to say I don’t really enjoy it.”

As with most people, Stoeck’s birthday is filled with a mix of celebrating with family and friends and activities, since she is also involved with a dance team.

“I spend my birthday with my friends during the day and often times I’ll still go to dance so I get to see my dance friends. Most of the time though, I celebrate with my family.”