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MC Welcomes New Exchange Student

Whether it’s been from the growing mass hysteria from teen girls or the loathing looks from boys, it’s clear that most students at MC have heard the news of our latest celebrity exchange student: Taylor Lautner.

Now that the Twilight franchise has come to an end, Lautner has had a pause in his career to explore what the future has to offer, and for him the obvious choice was school.

Launter hangs out post-track practice.
Launter hangs out post-track practice.

Naturally, as day to day high school students, the decision to leave the Hollywood life for classroom imprisonment seems bizarre to us. But to Lautner, whose childhood was robbed by his passion for acting, getting a chance to have that “high school experience” is a dream come true.

Though seemingly excited to join MC’s population, his fellow peers and teachers had varying reactions to the news of his arrival.

Junior Michael Nathanson defends his reaction of Lautner’s arrival with candidness.

“When I first heard that he was coming to our school it was mainly from fangirls who were discussing his attractiveness. I figured, nobody could be more attractive than Andreas Stathatos. I was right.”

Sharing this hesitant belief, MC English Teacher Allison Bolin admits that her hopes had lay elsewhere.

“Honestly, I was disappointed that MC did not get to host Leonardo Dicaprio,” Bolin said

As an avid Dicaprio fangirl, Bolin’s disappointment was not unwarranted. These feelings aside, she welcomed Lautner into her classroom. However their initial meeting did not go as smoothly as one may have expected.

“I was shocked.  I almost fell over when I saw him because he was just standing there, staring at everyone” Bolin said.

Despite his charming smile and impressive build, it seems as though Lautner’s rendition of social outcast and werewolf Jacob Black truly resonated with him, as he has been described as a shy student.

“It doesn’t seem like he has many friends. Teachers keep switching him into different classes so he hasn’t really been able to make friends,” Nathanson said.

Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Taumoepeau
Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Taumoepeau

The constant class hopping no doubt accounts for the quiet front the blockbuster actor has put up in the midst of this foreign experience. For someone so famed, Lautner proves that silence is his most spent pastime.

“He doesn’t volunteer very much,” Bolin said. “In fact, he’s very quiet and spends most of his time staring intensely at his classmates.”

Consequently, his timid personality has caused many opinions to arise. Some girls believe it adds to his mysterious aura, others students like Nathanson don’t seem to take it well.

“He was really quiet. Like, silent. He still hasn’t said anything to me. At this point I doubt that we’ll be good friends” Nathanson remarked.

But just because Lautner doesn’t fit in with the loudest of crowds, doesn’t mean he’s been completely denied the Sundevil pride that accompanies each student at MC.

“Taylor definitely follows the Sundevil Way with his excellent behavior in class.  He knows not to step on the MC, and he fits into any classroom, whether it is freshman English or APEL” Bolin said.

Evidently, Lautner’s hasn’t allowed the controversy surrounding his tenure affect him and has instead found his way into being a part of MC. His journey here has paved the path towards inviting more celebrity exchange students in the near future and, as Nathanson hopes, attract more media coverage.

“When Ron Burgundy comes to our school I’ll be on that like white on rice.”

Taylor lurking in the classroom, avoiding homework. Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Taumoepeau
Taylor lurking in the classroom, avoiding homework. Photo Courtesy of Gretchen Taumoepeau

About Tia Simawang

Tia Simawang is a junior and the Features Editor. Tia is known for her erratic and constant giggling as well as her bubbly personality. But don't let that fool you because she is also well versed in the art of sarcasm. Born into a family of four, Tia has one brother who serves as her role model in life. She hates caramel and loves cheese and while she may not intially admit it, she's a tv addict who refuses to get help. When not in school, Tia plays lacrosse for MC and devotes her other spare time to the MC Sun, friends and tumblr. In the future, she hopes to get into a great college and eventually pursue a career that will let her experience living on the east coast or London.

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