7. The battle to become a man; four years later

Holding up the transgender pride flag, senior Tony Morse takes a picture in his binder. He got the flag towards the end of middle school. “The flag for me is a symbol of pride,” Morse said. “It reminds myself and others of who I truly am. I am wearing a binder in my photo; I used to be very very self conscious of letting others know I used a binder. Now, I am comfortable enough to post pictures of me in it and wear it out in the open. I feel as if I pass enough. Once I get top surgery, I am so excited to not have to deal with wearing the chest binder. It definitely takes a toll on me having to wear it. It gets physically uncomfortable and I long for the day when I can put on a shirt without having to put it on first, as well as being able to take off my shirt and be proud and comfortable.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

As a seventh grader, senior Tony Morse decided that after years of gender dysphoria, he would take the leap to come out as a transgender male. He cut his hair short and kickstarted the long process of transitioning, a journey that, years later, he is still undergoing.  In the beginning of his transi...

Students share their reasons to sit

January 22, 2020

The Pledge of Allegiance is played over the announcements every day during fourth period. During this time, students like senior Tony Morse choose to sit to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the state of the country and its administration. “I used to stand for the flag, growing up, because that was wh...

Seniors explore alternative post-high school plans

Senior Tony Morse earns money working at his part-time job at Applebee's. Morse plans on picking up more hours after he finishes high school.

Olivia Bradshaw, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 21, 2020

A common question asked of seniors is  ‘what are your plans for college?’ While approximately 54% of the Class of 2019 went on to attend a four-year university, 46% made alternative arrangements.  Three members of the Class of 2020 share their alternative plans. Gap Year: Tony Morse Senior Ton...

Sophomore Tony Morse gains positive outlook from struggles with anxiety and depression

Hanging out at a park, Fern Ridge junior Tori Owens, alumna Adina Flowers and sophomore Tony Morse laugh together. Whenever Tony feels upset or down, he goes to his friends who are his support system. “Now that I’m trying to get better, I feel like I can go out and do things I want with my friends, but sometimes I’ll be freaking out the whole time,” Tony said. “I’ll be with my friends, and they’ll be like, ‘Tony, calm down.’ I realized that having them there with me while that’s happening, while the anxiety is going out of control, definitely helps me.”

Sabrina Bohn, Managing EiC Intern

May 24, 2018

After dealing with anxiety all throughout his childhood, sophomore Tony Morse came face to face with both the anxiety and depression he experiences when someone reported to the school that he was self-harming in sixth grade. After that, he started going to therapy and using medication, along with tr...

What is it like to be me?

Ryan O'Conner is a junior at West High.

Katie Spillman, Convergent Media Writer

December 22, 2016

The hardest part of coming out is all the time before coming out because you're nervous, and you have no idea what's going to happen.

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