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Photo story – The look of love

A (photo story) answers Valentine’s Day questions within CSD high school
CSD Journalism class photo
What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? From head to toe, journalists give answers (and pictures) of the holiday.

Paired with images from Valentine’s Day at school, students chose to answer one of the following questions in the captions.

  • Why do you think Valentine’s Day is associated with the heart?
  • Love can be a crazy, confusing, unpredictable thing. What is your definition of love?
  • Tell me about a person you love. What makes this person special?
  • What is your favorite thing that is either pink or red?
  • We often say that we “love” something. For example, “I love chocolate.” What is the difference between loving a person and loving a thing or activity?


Ella Barber (‘24) shares an object that is pink that she loves! “My mom got me this pink necklace and I love it,” Ella Barber said, “I’ll always wear it.” (Ava Jordan)


Callie Hobbs (‘25) is the sports editor of the Spartan Sentinel. I asked Callie about what the difference between loving a person and loving a thing and she said, “I think loving a person is unconditional, because people are more complicated than just objects.”
(Evan Mulligan)


Callie Hobbs (‘25)  said, “My definition of love is when you see someone’s vices, flaws, the person being loved at his/her lowest, and still care about him/her and enjoy his/her company.”
(Callie Hobbs)


About love, Ben Gallagher (‘25) said, “I love my little sister, Esme. She always has a smile on her face and whenever I get home from school she gives me a hug.” (Conner Shelton)


Senior Anna Teckenbrock (‘24) described the difference of loving an object vs a person as, “If you love something (an object or thing), you just really really like it and you enjoy it but if you’re in love with someone you hold a lot of respect and love for that person.”
(Noah Roberson)
Ava Hazlett, a freshman at CSD (‘27), was interviewed about Valentines and when asked about her favorite red or pink item, she said, “I’ve had this red heart blanket since I was five, I love it.”
(Ben Gallagher)




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Ava Jordan
Ava Jordan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Opinions Editor

Ava Jordan is a senior who has been at CSD ever since kindergarten. This is Ava’s second year in journalism and she is very excited to continue to grow her writing and learn more about what it means to be a journalist. 

While at school, Ava enjoys her AP Psychology, as she wants to major in psychology in college. She loves AP Statistics, too, because of the satisfaction that comes with discovering how numbers interconnect and overlap. She is also a varsity tennis player who is competing for the first time for the school.

Out of school, Ava loves to go out with her friends! She looks forward to football games and going to work on the weekends. 

“I think the perfection of love is that it’s not perfect”

 - Taylor Swift

Callie Hobbs
Callie Hobbs, Sports Editor. Opinions Editor

Callie Hobbs is a junior at CSD who has been at the school since 4th grade. She joined the journalism team this year for the first time because she loves to write and is creatively inspired by the world around her.

Callie is the junior team captain of CSD’s varsity cross-country team and loves to run on trails and sidewalks/greenways. To Callie, running is an outlet to think things through. Outside of school, Callie enjoys simply relaxing, finding inspiration and dreaming up ideas for creative projects and spending time with family.

“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”  -John Bingham

Evan Mulligan
Evan Mulligan, News Editor. Staff Writer.

Evan Mulligan is a sophomore who is starting his second year both at CSD and in journalism. During his free time, Evan enjoys reading and working out. Evan is a “politics junkie” who also participates in Model UN and aspires to be a diplomat. Evan joined journalism because he wants to make a positive impact on the world through sharing his opinions.

‘’If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou

Conner Shelton
Conner Shelton, Sports Editor. Podcast Editor

Conner Shelton is a junior at the Community School of Davidson and is returning to journalism for a second year because he wants to  further his skills by interviewing more people and exploring different types of journalistic writing. He looks forward to meeting new people and gaining knowledge on how to become the best journalist possible. 

Conner loves to play baseball and is a member of the school’s baseball team. In his free time he loves to hangout with friends, workout and play with his dog, Charley. He has one sister who is in the 7th grade and is on the middle school volleyball team. His favorite subject is chemistry. Why? Conner enjoys the hard work and dedication that the subject takes to master.

"Hard work and dedication set the foundation for achievement." -  Wander Franco

Ben Gallagher
Ben Gallagher, Editor-in-Chief

Ben Gallagher, a junior, has been at CSD since eighth grade. In his third year of journalism, he hopes to improve his interviewing skills, cover new topics and see stories through different angles. 

While at school, Ben loves to play volleyball in the gym and learn about our nation’s past in AP US History. He is also looking forward to starting English and Psychology now in eleventh grade. He plays football as a wide receiver and is a middle infielder and outfielder in baseball for the Spartans. One of his favorite memories was freshman year when Matthew Ferguson hit a walkoff three run homer against Trinity High School to send CSD to the state regional finals.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” - Lewis Caroll 

Noah Roberson
Noah Roberson, Features Editor. Editorial Editor

Noah Roberson is entering his senior year and has been at CSD since kindergarten, so some would call him a “lifer.” Now in his first year of journalism, he hopes to learn more about writing professionally and on a deadline. He wants to pursue a career in sports communications. He is drawn to classes that will help him prepare for his future. 

In his free time, Noah likes to collect and play retro video games such as old models of Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox. Finding old gems whether it’s at a yard sale or a store is always a good feeling for him. He also enjoys spending some quality time with his family especially before he eventually departs for college.

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” - Bo Jackson


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