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Children First: high school social cliques evolve with technology


High school cliques never really go away. And with technology and new subcultures popping up everyday, teens are facing more challenges than ever. 

"Like the jocks want to hang out with jocks not the nerds because nerds are nerds," said Stevens High School junior Shannon Nesland. "I'm in band and choir and a lot of my friends are too," she said. 

Social cliques are just another part of getting through high school. 

Junior Praetoria Diaz considers herself to be a nerd. "Probably the high achieving kind of smart people. The ones who excel in their grades."

 "I play soccer all the soccer kids are referred to as the soccer kids pretty much," said senior Jason Samuleson.


 "You wanna fit in with certain friends or you feel like you need to do better in school in general," said Nesland.

 " Jocks, geeks, I think those terms have been kind of become obsolete and their being replaced with more broad almost mixed groups," said Diaz.

 "You might know about jocks and drama kids but really in depth, there's a lot of different groups out there," said Samuleson.

And those different groups are formed because students just want to be accepted, says Lifeways counselor David Herrick. 

 "Students deal with when they are at school is wanting to fit in and that's kind of an age old thing," said Herrick.

But one aspect of high school that is fairly new is social media. 

"It's so important it seems like with everyone, you go on twitter, everyone is tweeting, different things, a lot of different ideas being put out there," said Samuleson.

"When you're on the Internet and you're behind a screen and you're not face to face with that personal then you can't see the hurt you're inflicting on them and it's a lot easier to say things that you're not actually do in person," said Diaz.

With new technology, new views on cliques and their evolution - things still have not changed too much.

 "It shouldn't matter who you hang out with, it shouldn't matter what group you're in but its definitely does," said Nesland.

Lifeways is a drug and alcohol counseling center for teens but there are Lifeways counselors like Herrick in all the high schools in Rapid City, Custer and Hill City.

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