Adorning their autos

Students explain the items they decorated their cars with and the significance behind them.

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Chloe car

Justin Lehtinen

Junior Chloe Sokol

“STAYGLD” license plate: “When I read The Outsiders in 8th grade, I just loved it. I thought [the message] was a really great thing because [it says], ‘Make sure you see all the beauty in the world no matter what.’ It really appealed to me…. When I first got my car, I had a normal license plate, but my mom knew how much I loved [The Outsiders], so she surprised me for Christmas and I got to go pick it up and put it on my car.”


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Junior Sophie Levine 

“I like having bumper stickers because it makes me feel proud for what I believe in and what I am interested in. People know my car when they see it.”



Coexist: “I got it as a gift from a friend. I like the message…. I think everyone should just figure out their differences and agree to disagree.”

Israel: “I’m Jewish. I have friends [in Israel] and I have ties to it. My dad’s heritage comes from there.”

13.1: “I got it after I ran [a half-marathon].”

Kansas Jayhawks: “I like KU and want to go there.”

5K: “I got it as a gift.”


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Junior Madison Collins

Tribal-pattern seat covers and steering wheel cover: “I got [the whole set] at Wal-Mart for about $20…When I saw the choices, it was the most interesting one and the most colorful one that fit my personality. The vibrancy is really nice.”


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Senior Jackie O’Meara

Bobble head Jesus: “My mom bought [Bobble head Jesus] when she went to church one day in 2014. She brought it home and was like, ‘Hey, I don’t really want this. Should I throw it away, or do you want it?’ I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll take it.’ I wasn’t really intending to use it since I’m not that big on faith to where I would use it in a real sense, but it was really funny to me. Next thing I know, people started identifying me with it. Whenever I’m running late for school in particular, which is a lot, I rub Jesus’s head and pray that I make it to school on time. And it works!”

Stacked tassel: “My sister had one when she graduated back in 2013, and I was kind of mesmerized by it. It was a reminder to keep going forward, ‘You’ve got this,” college is ahead, and I’m really excited for college. I kind of like high school, but I’m ready for the next part of my life.”

Walk The Moon bumper sticker: “Walk The Moon is a really big part of my family. We’re all huge fans of them, and I’ve personally been to five of their concerts. I feel like their music is something that really relates to me.”

“I feel like people should have some type of car novelty. I feel like it’s a way to express yourself… I like putting little bits of myself in things that I do, whether it’s in the way I dress or things I associate myself with. It adds a little bit of me into everything, and I think people should do that more to feel more comfortable with themselves.”