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Senior thankful to be out of hurricane zone

Kaitlin Hermanson, Profiles Editor

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As Hurricane Matthew ascended on the East Coast this past week, senior Logan Schexnaydre knows all too well about nature’s destruction.

Schexnaydre, who moved to Muskegon in 2013 and spent eight years in Madisonville, La. (2005-2013), saw the effects of Hurricane Katrina firsthand.

“I moved (to Lousianna) right before Hurricane Katrina,” Schexnaydre said. “I didn’t go to school for about a month after that, and we didn’t have power for a while. I remember getting supplies from soldiers from the Target near our house. We had those little solar-powered light stakes that go outside, and we had to take them in at night to light our house.”

Afterward, a lot of people moved out of New Orleans, and that is when Schexnaydre and his brother made the move up north.

“My brother and I moved to Michigan to live with my mom because my brother was diagnosed with leukemia and got better treatment here,” Schexnaydre said. “I wanted to stay near him, so I finished the school year and then joined him and my mom in Muskegon.”

Fortunately enough, Schexnaydre’s brother is in remission, and Schexnaydre is enjoying life.

“For me, Louisiana kind of sucked,” Schexnaydre said. “It’s really hot and humid; there’s a lot of crime. Mardi Gras is pretty cool too, and we get a week off of school because of how crazy it gets. The weather up here is a lot better since we are pretty much protected from any kind of natural disaster.”

Though he prefers Michigan to his old home, the move did not come without its challenges.

“Getting acclimated to the new school environment was probably the most difficult part,” Schexnaydre said. “Coming in as a high schooler, y’all already had your friend groups, and I was super introverted, so having to figure out how to maneuver through that was a challenge.”

That experience, however, helped Schexnaydre prepare for his future.

“I learned how to adapt and embrace a new environment, which will help me in the long run,” Schexnaydre said.

Since the move, Schexnaydre has gone back to visit friends and family.

“I don’t really miss it that much,” Schexnaydre said. “It’s fun to see everybody, but it reminded me of how much I love Michigan. I’ll continue to visit in the future, but just to stay in touch with the people that matter to me.”

Despite his contentment with what Michigan has to offer, Schexnaydre still has a few things that he believes the Midwest just doesn’t have right.

“Y’all say pop, Schexnaydre said. “It’s soda. End of story. And I still don’t understand what a hoagie is.”

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