Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hamilton native returns home

Imagine moving from a small farming community with a population of less than 10,000 to a city of more than 200,000 people. This is the case for one Hamilton High School student. After his freshman year at HHS, Hamilton native Eric Jazdzyk moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina.

“My dad was offered a new job, and when his current job was looking bad, he took the offer in North Carolina,” Eric said. “I knew things were going to be very different.”

Going into the summer of his sophomore year, Eric and his family packed up their things and headed south. Not knowing what to expect, he went into things with an open mind.

“My first day at Ronald Reagan High School, was an eye opening experience,” Eric said. “The size of the school and what happened within it was much different than what I was used to here in Hamilton.”

“There would be fights all the time,” Eric added. “In Hamilton a fight is almost unheard of.”

When asked the differences between HHS and Ronald Reagan High School, Eric responded. “HHS is easier, less homework, more laid back and overall better.”

“I really liked coming back to Hamilton High School because I was familiar with the area and the people. It was a big change when I moved down to North Carolina and I’m glad to be back,” Eric said.

Now Eric lives on Filmore Street with his mom Kerri. His dad’s job currently has him working in New York but he is trying to find a job in West Michigan so he can move back with the family.

“There has been a lot of change over the last few years but I think that’s about to come to an end,” Eric said. “It’s nice to be back in Hamilton where my best friends are.”

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