New Cats on the Block: Who are they?


Madi Silveus, Staff Writer

New students are like shiny new play toys, everyone is drawn to them. Every student in a rush to figure this person out asking questions like “Who are they?”, “Why are they here?”, and “What is their deal?”. Well here are the answers to your questions. 

Cole Bumgarner

One new student this year is Cole Bumgarner. For those of you who are like “Who the heck is this girl talking about?”  here is some basic need to know information about this guy. He is a senior, he is 18 years old, and he’s from East Kentwood. Those are the basics facts… Now for the interesting details. 

Cole is a pretty interesting dude. Definitely not your standard run-of-the-mill skater boys despite his appearance. He is definitely the quiet type so you will not hear him talk that often which will make you want to listen even more on the rare occasion he does talk. Cole is the guy to listen to what others have to say instead of putting his own opinion out there and talking about himself. Now do not get me wrong he is not shy by any means and he is not afraid to put himself out there and get involved. He will do what most of us are “too cool” to do and participate in assemblies. He just does not seem like that type of guy. He is just quiet you will see him before you will hear him and he does not like drama. Sounds like someone I would like to be friends with. He is definitely the artsy type and enjoys woodworking, and plans on starting his own woodworking business. He also enjoys wrestling and boxing.  His other hobbies include playing video games and fishing. He enjoys working and he is low-key a workaholic, but only cause he likes money. He does not like working at KFC and even told me to never work there because “The flour smells so bad” his words exactly. For the most part Cole would describe himself as being the typical teenage guy and I would have to agree with that. 

Cole is pretty typical but his life is anything but. Having moved a total of seven times Cole is no stranger to being the new kid.  He has lived a lot of places including California, Texas, and Ohio. When asked if he is an army brat his response is kind of humorous saying “ Yes, but minus the army”.  He had little to say about Jenison but what he did have to say was a far cry from a 5-star review. “Jenison is good, the people are friendly but the a**holes ruin the reputation.”  Which is true for any school you go to so do not take that the wrong way.  From what I gather he misses EK quite a bit but mainly because of his friends. He says “For the most part being here is difficult but looking back it may have been the best to develop-mentally.” Understandable, it is an adjustment but I would say he is quite mature about it and he will fit in quite well. I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say welcome to Jenison!