BY EMMY BARCELONA ON MARCH 21, 2014
A rabbit’s foot, a four leaf clover and a horse shoe are all a part of the long list of good luck charms that people use world wide. In high school, students tend to use their own personal good luck charms as a way to bring good fortune to their day. Whether it is a bitten pencil, a worn out shirt, or a stretched out scrunchie, students take every opportunity possible to better their chances of success.
Some students incorporate good luck charms in the classroom for important tests.
“The day of my geometry exam, I passed out twist ties to the whole class to wrap around their pencils for good luck,” sophomore Graeme Strickland said. "I wanted to boost their confidence on the exam."
While some students like Strickland use methods on specific test days like exam week, other students have ways to improve their everyday life at Rose.
“My friend painted ‘chin up’ and a Bible verse on a rock for me,” junior Meredith Edmonds said. “I bring it to school, and it gives me comfort and calms me down.”
With the stress of high school, some students find personal charms to be soothing. Students say they use charms to both improve their mood and to improve the atmosphere of their surroundings.
“I bought a harmonica necklace a few weeks ago with two of my friends,” freshman Casey Bell said. “I wear it every day and I bought it from a hippie store, so I thought it would have some good vibes coming along it.”
Athletes at Rose also use good luck charms to improve their abilities out on the field.
“I wear a headband, and I always have one sock up and one sock down,” junior Billy Luzzi said. “My old favorite [football] player from ECU used to do it, so I’ve always done it since middle school. It has always worked for me.”
Luzzi has played for the Rose football team since his freshman year. This year the team accomplished their goal of being conference champions and made it to the third round of the state playoffs. In all of this season’s games, Luzzi repeated his tradition of wearing his headband and putting one sock down and believes it played a part in their success.
In high school, where good grades are valued and stress is common, every little charm has its purpose.