Siblings on campus

You think your life is hard? These guys have to see their family at school

Since whenever the cliché came from, students have allegedly been apathetic and even hateful of other students when those other students are their siblings.

Furthermore, teachers supposably treat sibling-students the same, disregarding the siblings’ individual personalities.

But are these ideas true?

Bradyn Kesti
Freshman Ruby Judd shares her experiences with having siblings on campus.

As Granite Bay and its surrounding communities are becoming more and more family-orientated, more and more siblings are attending or have attended the same high school.

“I have had two siblings go to GBHS,” said Matthew Berthelsen, a sophomore at GBHS.

Lindsey Zabell
Moose Judd is a senior at Granite Bay High.

“I have two siblings (who attend GBHS). I have my sister Trixie and my other sister Ruby,” Moose said.

At the students’ standpoint, they actually find it relieving to have multiple students attend the same school.

“Both my brother and sister have helped me with my Spanish class,” Berthelsen said.

“It’s always nice because in the morning, when my mom is making breakfast, she makes a whole bunch of more food that’s higher quality instead of just something like ‘have a bowl of cereal’,” Moose said.

Ruby Judd, a freshman at GBHS, appreciates her siblings who attend high school with her.

“They’re supportive of me (at school),” Judd said.

Along with the upsides, there are downsides to having a “family name” known at school.

“There was this one disadvantage. I’m average at English, but I have an older sister who is an amazing writer and she got an A in Mrs. Badaracco’s class both semesters,” Moose said. “I always dreaded having English because if I got the same teacher as my sister, they would expect such a high standard for me, and it was impossible for me to achieve, so I felt like I was always letting my English teachers down.”

I always dreaded having … the same teacher as my sister, they would expect such a high standard for me, and it was impossible for me to achieve.”

— Moose Judd

Moose changed tone as the conversation shifted to the idea that sibling-students are treated similarly by teachers.

“I believe they have similar expectations for the students. My sister never really messed around in class so much, so they didn’t automatically place me as the troublesome kid, but I’ve never really noticed that much of a difference in how they treated me versus how they treated my sister,” Moose said.

Judd also shares a similar ideology on the subject matter.

“Some teachers have stereotypes of you because (they know) your siblings, but the best teachers don’t and try to ignore the thoughts about your other siblings.”

Berthelsen’s opinion is completely unique from Judd’s and Moose’s ideas.

“I believe most teachers treat most students similarly,” Berthelsen said.

Students at GBHS may have peculiar ideas of how teachers treat their students, but those students still find satisfaction as they attend high school with their siblings.

“It’s pretty enjoyable,” Moose said. “I get to see them at campus and wave to them. It’s nice to have family here on campus.”

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