Trail Collections

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Dr.David Sutton began his Pop! collection last winter after watching “The Big Bang Theory” for the first time.Photo by Nick Alvarez

They’re stacked up in a pile, aging as the years go by. The collection of F’s hide in the corner of the attic placed there by their collector.

Dr. David Sutton collected the less than mediocre papers when he was a college professor. When he became a high school teacher his F-paper collection stopped, allowing for The Big Bang Theory Pop! Dolls to take their place, especially Sheldon.

“I started watching “The Big Bang Theory” on Christmas break, and then we went out and I saw the little doll and thought ‘this will be neat for my classroom!’” Sutton said. “I realized that there were more dolls with different shirts and I had to get them.”

Dr. Sutton’s Pop! Doll collection is now displayed in his classroom for all of his students to see.

Sutton is not the only collector on campus. Other collections include junior Haley Beaty’s ribbon collection for JROTC. Her collection started freshman year.

“My brother was in JROTC when he was in high school… and it looked like a lot of fun,” Beaty said.

During the school year, Beaty keeps her ribbons on her uniform, but when she and other JROTC students give their uniforms back to school at the end of the year, she keeps her ribbons in a special shoebox specifically designated for her collection.

The Community Service ribbon and the Daughters of Liberty ribbon are two of Beaty’s favorites, but the one she would really like to earn is the Valor Award.

“The Valor Award, there is a silver and a gold, and the only way to get it is to save someone’s life,” Beaty said.

Junior Klare Williams started her collection of lipsticks last summer.

“I went to the store and there was a lot of pretty colors, and I couldn’t just pick one, so I got a lot,” Williams said. Williams’ collection now contains 30 lipsticks.

Despite her loss of at least 20 lipsticks, she still has her favorite, a mood one that’s black and turns purple.

Williams’ collection can be found in a crayon box, displaying all of her colors of different lipsticks.

Sophomore Jocelyn Lopez began collecting EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) at the age of 10 when she realized there was more around her than what is visible. Lopez and her cousin found that both her grandmother’s old and new houses had a lot of paranormal activity.

“At her newer house we did EVP sessions and there is a lot more activity there than at the older house,” Lopez said.

“Me and my cousin will talk to them and they are very open about talking about anything, but they will tell you if they don’t want to talk about something,” Lopez said.

Lopez’s collection has caused her a few scares, especially when her equipment stopped working while recording.

“We had a brand new EVP recorder and we were trying to record and the batteries just went out of nowhere,” Lopez said. “So we put some new batteries in, we try again, and the light was going off, and then it just shut off again by itself,” Lopez said.

Spirits taking energy from the device can cause this phenomenon, Lopez said.

Lopez’s paranormal collection may have caused an influence in her future career.

“I haven’t really thought about going in the paranormal business until recently, but it will probably remain a hobby for me,” Lopez said.