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The Big 16 Question – The View
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Photo by Lauren Bryant
Photo by Lauren Bryant

The car door slams, the engine starts and the seat belt buckles.

For more than half the country, these sounds are the same one they hear every day.  However, for some teenagers, they will be hearing it for the first time behind the wheel.

At South,  many of the students already drive.  Although, for the vast majority of the freshman and sophomore classes, they are either just now getting their permit or about to get their first car.

Some 15-year-olds already have a vehicle, like freshman Allison Garrett who turns 16 on Sept. 9.

“I always knew he would let me have his truck, but it was still exciting to get it,” said Garrett.

Even though Garrett was lucky enough to get a vehicle at 15, some students such as freshman Daniel Miller have to pay for half of their vehicle.

“I’m glad [that] I don’t have to pay for all of my own car because I would have a s**** one,” said Miller

For most underclassmen, however, they don’t know how they will be getting a car.

Sophomore Madi Blinzler said, “My parents will probably be getting me a car. I’ll be hurt if they don’t because they got my brother a car and [if they don’t] he would be the obvious favorite child.”

Blinzler will be turning 16 on March 17, however, she still does not have a permit.

“I am scared as poop to start driving,” said Blinzler

Although Blinzler said she is deathly scared of driving, she does know that she wants a white Jeep Compass.

“If I don’t get it, I might throw a slight temper tantrum,” said Blinzler.

Along with Blinzler, sophomore Anna Riekhof knows what vehicle she wants as well.

Riekhof is already 16 as of Nov. 16.  She has yet to get her license, but whenever she does, she thinks she may be getting her older brother’s car.

That, however, does not stop her dreams of getting the car she wants.

“If I don’t get my brother’s Civic, I would want a Kia Soul,” said Riekhof. “I don’t really like big cars, so if I don’t get a smaller car I’ll be mad but I’ll adapt.”

South will have their parking lots full in the years to come as the old drivers leave and the new ones get behind that wheel for the first time.

 

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