The Westricks take on AHS together.

High school is four years of new experiences being thrust upon you while you try to find yourself. For the Westricks, three siblings who attend Ashland High school, they’re struggling together. Alex Westrick, a senior, is the oldest of the bunch. She partakes in swimming and water polo, as well as many AP classes. Eli Westrick, a junior, is the middle child. Eli exceeds in baseball and school, and enjoys showing off his skills in the kitchen for family dinners (pasta is the favorite). Lastly, Ninth-grader, Sam Westrick, is the youngest, which is how she earned the nickname “Mini-Westrick” from her siblings’ friends.

From left: Alex, Sam, Eli. Photo by Caden Young

Throughout their interview, these siblings could not contain their bursts of laughter. From teasing, to secret handshakes, to nicknames, these sibs show their closeness, as well as their familiarity with one another. Sam laughs, “Sometimes Alex will see me in the hallway, call me a name, and then walk away. It’s just how we work I guess.” While they do argue, like all siblings, Alex says, “We actually get along really well, even though we don’t see each other a lot during school. Most of the time I don’t even recognize Eli on the quad.” More laughter escapes and Eli chimes in, “Yeah, we all do our own things, so at the end of the day we like to spend time with each other.” When asked what they do, they shrug in unison, “Not much. Most of the time I just come into their rooms and bug them for a while,” Alex jokes.

Between the three of them, there are also some conveniences to attending the same school. They can commute in Alex’s car, share textbooks for classes, and help each other with homework. “It’s definitely helpfully having the same classes as Alex. We can study for tests together and work together on homework”, says Eli. They admit that sharing notes and study tips with one another is one of the best perks. As for Sam, her older siblings have already taken the classes she’s taking, so it makes helping her a breeze for Eli and Alex.

Overall the Westricks are a close-knit bunch who share their love for one another in many ways. From late night movies, to dinners and long talks, these siblings make it clear that no matter what, they will always stay in touch. They say that even though geographically they won’t stay together after high school, they know that they’ll find ways to stay close. As the interview concluded and the trio headed back to class, their laughter continued to echo through the halls.