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photoAA Senior Travis B. Delivers Chapel Talk

2017, November 21 – The memories of fun times with friends are an important aspect of high school, said Travis B. in his Chapel Talk, delivered on Nov. 21. These relationships are a very important aspect of high school, he said. “Your family is your blood relation, while a friendship you have to develop yourself.”

Last year, Travis said, he decided to sit at a different lunch table where Grady O., who graduated last year, and several others were sitting. That decision led to a new group of friends who have fun and support each other.

Much of their time together has involved laughter, an important part of friendships at all levels. It turns out that numerous studies indicate that laughing can strengthen the bonds of friendship, lower stress, and may even boost the immune system.

Travis told several stories about his friends, such as David S., John B., and Royce C., a 2017 graduate. As he got to know them better during lunch, Travis found that they shared the same humor and taste in music.

Many of Travis’s memories involve the fun times they have had on snow days, playing video games, or just spending time together. They have done things they regret, such as setting a bag of fireworks on fire to see what would happen. “It wasn’t as cool as we thought it would be,” Travis said. Through it all, they have shared laughter. In fact, Travis said, “I can’t look at David and not laugh. . . I think that’s why he’s one of my closest friends.”

Even though he shared the humorous memories, Travis noted that the students at the Academy should appreciate these friendships “because our lives will go in different directions.”

He joked that the stories come from the fact that “we spend seven hours with them five days a week.” They will laugh about these times even as the years go by, and these moments will provide the common thread that binds them together as friends.

Travis has attended the Academy since pre-kindergarten. Through the years, he has been involved in a variety of programs. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the audio-visual club. Travis has played baseball and basketball and ran cross country this year, improving his time at each meet. Behind the scenes, he has worked the sound and lights for numerous Academy events.

Attending his Chapel Talk were Travis’s parents, Deserae B. and Michael B. Also present were his grandparents, Louise and Glen M., and Betty and Bruce B. Special guests included his friends David and John, along with classmates, Caleb C., Caleb G., and Brianna G. Miss R., an Academy faculty member, was among the guests, along with friends Layne R., Rachel A. (also a 2017 graduate), and Elly A.

Guests and members of the class of 2018 attended a reception following the chapel talk program.