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It’s a Family Affair

“Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten,” (Lilo and Stitch).

At OTHS, having your parent work here, or have a sibling go to school with you can have its pros and cons, especially when your dad happens to be your homeroom teacher for 3 years. Senior Tyler Olesen has had his dad, Kevin, as a homeroom teacher since sophomore year. Tyler says, “It was kind of odd seeing him at first, but I am pretty much used to it now.” Kevin claims, “It’s fun to see him, unless he’s after lunch money or he forgets his PE uniform at home.”

Senior Bergen Johnson and sophomore Marta Johnson are in a similar boat as Tyler. Bergen says that her favorite part of her dad, Steve Johnson, being a teacher here is that she can,“use his classroom as an extra locker”. All three Johnson’s say that overall they enjoy seeing each other in the hallways, and usually give each other a wave or a head nod. Even if you don’t have a parent teaching at the school, it’s always nice to have a sibling around. Senior John Bruner has now been going to school with his brother, Michael, for 2 years. John says, “It’s weird seeing him in the halls because he always winks at me.” John’s favorite part of seeing Michael at school is, “Walking up to him, and giving him a big hug, and he tells me how much he loves me.” Though these families see each other everyday at home, they enjoy each others company at school and wouldn’t change it for the world.

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