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Senior Valeria Cruz uses Instagram to share her plants

The senior discovered her passion during the COVID lockdown
By Hailey Perrin
With her plant, senior Valeria Cruz-Gonzalez shows off the stunning leaf. (By Eva Hernandez)

COVID helped many students discover new interests. For senior Valeria Cruz this interest was plants. In the past few months, Cruz has created a plant-centered Instagram account in order to express herself and her interests.

“I felt like none of my friends really like plants and I just needed to share my plant photos because I’m proud of my plants growing…it’s really exciting whenever they get a new leaf or they flower,” Cruz said.

Cruz uses Instagram to showcase her several plants, as well as offer advice she could have used when she first began to grow plants.

“I’ve got a lot [of plants]. I have trailing plants like Pathos and Philodendrons. I have succulents and I have cacti. I don’t have that many flowering plants, they’re mainly houseplants,” Cruz said.

Plants are a large part of senior Katie Fredricks’ life as well, and she and Cruz often talk about their plants since discovering their shared interest in sophomore year. For Cruz and Fredricks, plants are just one part of their friendship.

“I mean, in every relationship people meet because they have traits in common with each other. We were becoming good friends for other reasons,” Fredricks said. “We are both competitive in school and we both like the same subjects and we have the same humor. And then we also just coincidentally enjoy plants together.”

However Cruz has already begun planning how to take care of her plants after high school, as she prepares to go to college.

By Hailey Perrin

“I’ve definitely got way too many [plants] for my dorm room. Some of them are huge, and I don’t think I could physically fit them in the room. But I kind of also have talked to my future roommates about getting a south facing window so plants have a lot of sunlight,” Cruz said.

Going into the future, Cruz is excited to discover more about caring for plants, and to share those discoveries on her Instagram account.

“[I want to] become the crazy plant lady,”Cruz said.”I just want plants all over my room and kind of create little ecosystems.”

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Quin Peters
Quin Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Quin Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She will be exploring the roles of writer and designer for the newspaper this year. Outside of school, Quin crochets, reads, writes creatively and is involved in art. Quin is a member of several clubs at the school, including National Art Honor Society, Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Scholars Bowl, Creative Writing Club and Model UN.
Hailey Perrin
Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.
Eva Hernandez
Eva Hernandez, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Eva Hernandez’s first year on the JagWire staff. This year she will be learning the roles of a writer and photographer. Eva enjoys longboarding around her neighborhood and likes to play sports like flag football, soccer and basketball and she loves to bake for her friends. Eva also enjoys watching scary movies and shopping for shoes. Eva is involved in Relay for Life and would like to join more things as the school year goes on.

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