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Rose through the years: traditions continue through 2000-2020

MON.| 05-10-21 | FEATURES

     Many Rose alumni reflect on their past years as students are flooded with memories. From the trends to teaching styles, graduates are able to compare and contrast the early 2000s at Rose. Alumni have been able to carry on what they have learned at Rose and are appreciative of how well their school work has paid off. 2008 Rose alumna Louis Muldrow, 2011 Rose alumna Emma Grace Milian and 2013 Rose alumna Elizabeth Romary, are able to recall their experiences throughout the years they attended Rose.

     “As far as academics go, I was super prepared for college and my English teachers prepared me very well,” Milian said. “My freshman year of college, I was called into my professor’s room and she actually accused me of plagiarism because... I wasn’t writing like anyone else in my [class], so she thought I had cheated.”

     Over the years, there has been some variation in what


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classes are considered most popular. Many of the classes taught in the 2000s are still admired and taught to this day. Romary said that one of the most popular classes was Journalism, which not everyone could take because there was limited space.

     Outside of academics, the activities students participate in for fun have changed some. While there are programs currently with the goal of educating students about the career paths available to them, none are quite the same as Free Enterprise Day. Muldrow thinks back to an interactive day where the students would learn about the practices of business. 

     “Free Enterprise Day was pretty much a small business day in the commons and there would be all students with different businesses… it just got kids in the mindset of being business owners,” Muldrow said. 

     Some of the popular products sold at Free Enterprise Day were video games, trinkets and food. The trends for students have changed and graduates have gotten to reflect on how they appeared in school. 

     “From sophomore year to senior year we had the horrendous uniforms, but freshman year was the year that everyone was into Aeropostale, and if you were really cool you wore American Eagle,” Milian said. 

     Out of all these trends students have experienced, some still exist today, including sitting in cars before school. 

     “You’d get to Rose twenty minutes early and you wouldn’t go inside, but you would either sit by yourself and wave at people or talk through the windows, or they would come sit with you in your car,” Romary said.

     Another popular activity that has remained the same through generations is Rose sports. Muldrow said that Greenville had never experienced a winning period in sports like that through 2004 through 2006. He feels it really brought the town together. 

     “Anytime from 2004 to 2008 in Greenville was the golden years because it was nothing but winning every sport,” Muldrow said. “The whole town was so into everything we had going on with the school as far as sports; it was insane.”

     Milian said not a lot of people attended the football games in her years of Rose. The Rowdy Rampants had not been established until she graduated, but now this group is what brings much of the fan spirit to football games.

     “My brother's class started the Rowdy Rampants and I was super jealous because it just seems super fun,” Milian said. “I’ll still go to a football game with my mom and I’m like, ‘there are so many people here, no one went when I was there.’”

     Like today, the senior privilege varied from year to year, as Milian said seniors were only allowed to leave three minutes earlier than the regular bell in 2011. In 2008, seniors had a far different privilege. Muldrow said that seniors had the option to eat off campus for lunch and describes what senior fun day looked like back then.  

     “As much as high school is a weird time and pretty stressful, I will say Rose prepared me really well for not only college but life in general,” Milian said. 

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