This Student Is Dressing Like A Christmas Tree For The Entire Semester

Kelsey Hall posted a photo of her wearing this adorably ridiculous Christmas tree outfit, complete with an indifferent expression about donning such a cheery garment.

With the photo, she penned a vow to wear the tree to all of her classes for the rest of the semester if it hit a thousand retweets.

And, at the time of writing, Hall’s original post hit over 4,600 RTs, so…yeah.

Hall wasn’t all that excited about keeping her promise.

She was out to dinner when she realized she had to put up or shut up, and her friend caught a snap of her incredulous face.

Again, she really, really didn’t want to go through with it.

But her adoring public egged her on…

…and Kelsey had no intention of ever backing out of the bet.

She ultimately pulled through, and there’s plenty of on-campus evidence to prove it.

A fact that she wants everyone to be aware of.

Students were ecstatic at the prospect of seeing Hall rocking her Christmas class outfit in person.

And, in the true spirit of Christmas, she made it happen.

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Pro-Trump Student Tries To Get Classmate Expelled—And It Backfired In The Best Possible Way

We hold “Dreamers” to higher standards than most American citizens.

Regardless of how you feel about undocumented immigrants or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), it takes a special kind of hate to cheer for the deportation of people who came to the U.S. as children and have known no other country. In exchange for protected status, DACA participants, or “Dreamers,” voluntarily identify themselves as undocumented, promise to commit no crimes, and actively contribute to society via scholarship, military service or entrepreneurship.

With President Trump threatening to rescind the protected status of 800,000 young Americans, a lot of people are terrified — for good reason. A Transylvania University student, Taylor Ragg, targeted fellow student and “Dreamer” Paola Garcia on social media. Ragg, the kind of Trump supporter who probably sleeps in his Chinese-made Make America Great Again hat, publicly harassed Paola, saying he was going to “send her back.”

Ragg posted this screenshot (since deleted) in a Facebook group called “10th Crusade Enthusiasts”:

A wave of harassment and threats followed. Garcia said she received messages like, “I can’t wait to get your f*****g c**t a** gone,” and, “You and your n****r boyfriend need to leave.” One person sent a picture of himself filling out a Homeland Security tip sheet.

In response, Garcia gave a voice and a face to the real human toll of newly-emboldened white nationalists:

Ragg has deleted his Facebook account, probably a wise move since he became a poster child for racist bullying once the story made national news. University officials were not happy with the harassment or the negative attention, and they allegedly expelled Ragg. Ironically, the school can’t legally share details of their actions due to privacy concerns. 

This brief message from the school will have to do:

Will other bullies, racists, and white nationalists get the message?

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Student Snaps A Viral Photo Of Her Classmate With A Racist Pep Rally Sign

In a Facebook post that was shared over 3,000 times, a Hispanic teen shared an image of several of her classmates at a pep rally, one holding up a sign that read, “Put the panic back in Hispanic.” Another held a Trump campaign flag. Pep rallies are sure different than they were when I was a teen, huh?

“This happened yesterday at our school pep rally,” wrote the teen, Jennifer Lopez Vazquez. “They know it’s Hispanic Month. That’s very disrespectful in so my ways. But it’s funny to think that our school thinks it ‘OKAY’ this is Honestly what white trash looks like.”

The original caption on image, which was posted on Instagram by one of the teens in the photo, read, “Put the Panic back in Hispanic. #dontgetButthurt I’m honestly not gonna care if you do anyways so!! #sorryboutit.”

She might be sorry now, though. Since the photo has gone viral, local newspapers have picked up the story, and school administrators are investigating the behavior. 

“We are aware of a photo that appears to be taken at a Robertsdale High School football pep rally Friday Sept. 15 that is circulating on social media containing political banners and unacceptable language,” said the school’s superintendent in a statement. “School administrators, as well as my office, are following up on the matter.”

Basically: yikes. Also, high school students, you’re too young and under-developed to start experimenting with edgy “comedy.” (Like, what is the joke here, exactly?) Save it for the professionals.

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This College Student Went Viral For Having A Last Name That's Hard To Wedding Hashtag

Fear of not being able to have an adorable wedding hashtag is real, and the sum of those fears is here. I present: college student Steven Kleinschmidt. 

Kleinschmidt joins me and many other cursed souls in having a last name that doesn’t exactly conjure romance.

But other Twitter users started thinking up some actually ingenious hashtags. 

Including lots of “smitten” puns, which Kleinschmidt told BuzzFeed were his favorite. “Everything else was clever but nothing you’d ever really use for a wedding hashtag,” he said. 

What, Steven, you don’t think these would make good wedding hashtags? 

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Black Valedictorian Forced To Share The Honor With White Student Who Had A Lower GPA

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Imagine a school where the valedictorian is black, but is named co-valedictorian and forced to share that honor with a white student whose GPA is lower. Imagine that black student was not allowed to give a speech at graduation until after that white student had spoken. Imagine that black student being asked to walk behind that white student with the lower GPA. You probably imagined this happening in a movie set several decades ago, right? It happened. In reality. Recently. 

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Jasmine Shepard was the first black valedictorian of Cleveland High School in Mississippi, a school in a district where racial tensions run incredibly high. So much so, that a federal judge ruled that the school district had actually failed to desegregate despite the law ordering schools to do so more than sixty years ago. The school actually tried to fight a secondary order to desegregate in 2016.

Jasmine and her mother believe these racial tensions are what’s behind Jasmine’s treatment as valedictorian.

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The school has never had co-valedictorians before and claims the students just so happened to have identical GPA’s for the first time ever in the school’s history.

Jasmine’s mother doesn’t agree.

“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school. We know the schedule, we know what they take and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”

Jasmine was initially hesitant to take any action against the school because she was worried there would be backlash against the other student, who she describes as “the kindest-hearted, sweetest person.” Eventually, though, they did decide to take the matter to court to highlight the school districts actions. They are seeking damages and for Jasmine to correctly be named the sole valedictorian.

People are baffled.

Francisco couldn’t contain his sarcasm.

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Francisco’s sentiments may have been sarcastic, but that wasn’t the case for everyone.

“Feral savages” … wow. Keepin’ it classy, huh?

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Whatever the result of the suit is, congratulations to Jasmine on her achievement and we wish her tons of success in her future. 

H/T: RawStory, Twitter

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Student Trapped On Train During His Graduation Ceremony Gets Surprise Celebration

Former high school student Jerich Marco Alcantara missed his commencement ceremony at Hunter College’s Brookdale campus on Tuesday, after getting caught in a delay on the E train. Alcantara toldSelect All that he had opted out of the second ceremony at Radio City Music Hall later in the day, because that one had a two ticket limitation for family, and he wanted as many people as possible to be there. 

In fact, many of his friends and family members were traveling with him to the earlier ceremony when they finally admitted they weren’t going to make it. 

“I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking almost three hours,” Alcantara said. “After 45 minutes, I knew I was already late, but I kept hoping that I’d at least make it to walking the stage.” 

Most kids would throw down their clapboard hat and sulk at this point, but Alcantara rallied and ended up giving everyone on the train with him a very memorable experience:

Train goer Naduya Afzal posted a video on Tuesday of Alcantara in his full graduation regalia, getting a makeshift “diploma” from a friend on their cell-phone while the most high school song of all plays over a loudspeaker: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. 

It’s an oddly touching private ceremony witnessed by two dozen fascinated strangers, that ends with Alcantara hugging and kissing the people traveling with them. Presumably they’re not just more strangers, but who knows.

He even offers onlookers a copy of his diploma, saying, “If you want a copy of my diploma, turn on your AirDrop.” It seems like a few people took him up on it, if hesitant questions about how to turn AirDrop on are any indication.

If you’re thinking of doing something similar, be warned that magical New York City moments like this can’t be planned. “It wasn’t so much an idea, but something that just happened,” said Alcantara.

“Everyone was getting antsy and impatient, so I figured I’d lighten the mood by thanking everyone for coming out. That led to applause, and the rest just followed.” 

Eventually, the family did make it above ground, but they were too late. The real ceremony had ended. Though this kid has bad luck with public transportation, he has good luck with friends.

“So I missed the commencement, but after the auditorium cleared out, my close friends threw me my own little graduation,” Alcantara said. 

Another one? “It was a great time,”  he added. 

It’s disappointing to miss a big life touchstone like graduation, but at least Alcantara hit a different milestone early on: going viral. Congrats!

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Student Returns A 16-Year-Old Envelope Filled With Cash And Gets A Donut Party In Return

Overall, our moral compass was better when we were kids. The latest proof comes in the form of what 11-year-old Elijah from Eureka, CA did when he found an envelope that contained some cold hard cash and opted to do the right thing.

Elijah is enrolled in a primary class for handicapped students in Glen Paul School, and was brushing up on some pre-vocational skills with his teacher, and that day’s task was learning how to shred documents.

He came across an envelope dated 16 years ago, and found a wad of cash in it. Together with the help of his teacher aide, Rachel Cardoza, they managed to trace the contents back to Western Chainsaw, a local business that shreds their documents using Glen Paul’s pre-vocational program.

When John Hague, the owner of Western Chainsaw, received word that they found and wanted to return the money (which turned out to be fuel money from an old truck rental program they once had), he was ecstatic.

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“It was really heartwarming. You don’t see a lot of that kind of honesty any longer. To have them teaching these kids that, I think it’s a great thing.” Hague said.

He was so pleased that he showed up to Elijah’s school with three boxes of doughnuts for his class and a $ 500 check from his company to the school. The children, in turn, made him thank you cards, which he said he would be proudly displaying on the walls of Western Chainsaw.

(h/t Times-Standard)

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This Incredibly Motivated Homeless Student Biked Six Hours And Camped Outside His School

Police in Barnesville, Georgia rushed over to Gordon State College after receiving a complaint of a tent pitched outside the school. They told the tent’s occupant to exit the tent with his hands in sight. So Fred Barley, a homeless student, emerged.

The nineteen year old biked six hours to the college town so he could job hunt before the dorms opened in August. 

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The biology major, who had just enrolled in his second semester, brought only his tent, some water, a box of cereal, and a few personal belongings… Talk about dedication to getting an education, despite impossible circumstances. 

The officers, taking “protect and serve” seriously, brought Barley to a motel and paid for a two-night stay. 

“I could tell he was a good kid … who had been dealt a bad hand,” officer Dicky Carreker tells the Barnesville Herald-Gazette. Carreker’s wife was so moved by Barley’s story that she posted it on a community Facebook page. 

Once her Facebook post began circulating, locals decided to get involved to make sure Barley could have a successful year in school. 

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Casey Blaney, the owner of the motel where he was staying paid for his room through Monday, when he’ll be allowed to move into the dorms early. Barley also got a job at a local pizza place and received a variety of donations from locals including school supplies, clothes, and a new bike.

Once Barley’s story started making national news, impressed people everywhere got involved to help the dedicated student. Blaney started a ‘Success For Fred’ GoFundMe page  which shattered the $ 30,000 goal, reaching over $ 51,000 in only two days. 

Barley has since recorded this thank you video for all his supporters. 

“I can’t begin to come up with half the words to explain how much I feel,” the aspiring doctor said. “I’m in total shock.” He also promised to save the money as best he could and even offered to keep his supporters updated on his performance in school. 

So, there is some hope left for humanity, after all. Yes, there are people causing traffic accidents over Pokémon Go, and tragedy / political violence seems rampant, but there are also incredibly determined students and people with the good sense to help them out. (h/t wsb-tv)

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