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Little Known Things About Ashlyn Athey

Ashlyn riding her favorite horse, Joey (Gidget).

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Trying to go to bed at a decent time is often a difficult task for students to accomplish. Having to deal with balancing homework, sports, and other extracurricular activities can leave a student with little free time. However, even with all these obstacles, some students manage to find the perfect balance, and get a good night’s sleep every night. Meet Ashlyn Athey, a junior and new member to the Brashier News Team. Ashlyn is one of those lucky students who has learned how to properly manage her time.

“I go to bed at 9 o’clock every night. As soon as I get home from school, I go ahead and finish all my homework,” says Athey.

Ashlyn is very dedicated to her school work. She takes school very seriously, and hopes to get into either University of South Carolina or Furman. Not only is she a dedicated student, but Ashlyn also loves to volunteer at her local horse’s stable, called Aspen Hollow, in her free time.

“My favorite horse’s name is Joey. He has a beautiful chestnut coat, and is an ex-racehorse. Working with horses has really taught me to be persistent and patient. When a horse kicks you off, you have to learn to get back on and continue riding. It can be tiring, but at the end of the day, it is worth it,” says Athey.

In return for caring for the animals and helping keep the stables clean, the owner of the stable allows Ashlyn to ride the horses for free. Ashlyn not only volunteers at the horse shelter, but she also plays violin for the Carolina Youth Symphony. Ashlyn has been playing violin for over 5 years, and she claims it helps her de-stress.

“This past summer, I went to Camp Greenville with the Carolina Youth Symphony. It was a lot of fun, and I learned that I could square dance. The only thing that I didn’t like was how we had to stay up late every night,” says Athey.

Not only does Ashlyn play for the Carolina Youth Symphony, but she is also a part of the Brashier Orchestra Club. This Club meets after school to play their instruments and bond over the beauty of music. It was created last year by a group of students who wanted to come together in a familiar and friendly environment, while also bonding over their love of playing an instrument.

While Ashlyn loves to play her violin, ride horses, and study, she also has a green thumb. She loves nature and enjoys spending time outdoors. She adores gardening and hopes to possibly find a career in it.

“The reason I would prefer to have a career in gardening is because, if you somehow lose your job, you could still have the means to survive. Since gardening is such a basic skill, you would be able to semi sustain yourself,” says Athey.

When Ashlyn isn’t gardening, horseback riding, or playing the violin, you can find her reading.

“English is my favorite subject; I really enjoy reading and engaging in friendly arguments. My favorite book series to read is Sherlock Holmes. I love how after reading it for awhile, I start to pick on the little things, just like how Sherlock does. I feel like I can really relate to Doctor Watson,” says Athey.

While reading is a major component of Ashlyn’s life, she also loves to write. Her major love for writing was one of the big reasons why she applied for Newspaper. Athey is super excited to share all the ideas she has to give to Brashier News. Ashlyn has actually, in the past, been featured on the Bengal Beat as a guest writer. She wrote the poem The Stars, which is about the Holocaust. She enjoys listening to people and writing about them. Not only is she excited about sharing her ideas, she knows being on the Brashier News Team will look good on her college resume. All those reasons, and the fact she gets a cord at graduation, led Ashlyn to decide to sign up for newspaper. She is excited for what the year holds, and is planning to work hard to produce interesting stories.

 

“Mrs. Lyda was actually the person who recommended that I should apply for Newspaper, and while the thought didn’t occur to me at first, when she suggested it to me, it really got me thinking. So I decided to apply and hope for the best. I was so happy and relieved when I saw that I was accepted,” says Athey.

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