A kiss can contain up to 278 of different bacteria. Why would anyone want to kiss someone? Yet, students at CCHS have risked their lives to have that first romantic smooch.
“I was in 3rd grade,” sophomore Taylor Manning said. “We were at the planetarium and he asked me, ‘Can I kiss you right now?’ and I agreed. So, I turned my cheek to the side for him, but he kissed me on the lips.”
“Back in the 8th grade, I stayed after school,” senior Zane Younkin said. “We went back by a door and kissed. Even though it was just a little peck, it was slow enough for us to savor it. We don’t really talk anymore, but we know it’s something we will always have between each other that we hold dearly.”
“I was walking around with my boyfriend and this random guy came up to me and was trying to talk to me,” freshman Leteyiah Vandom-Dickson said. “My boyfriend was jealous, so he kissed me. It felt like I was above everyone else.”
“I was in my last period class my freshman year,” sophomore Tara McNally said. “I was sitting on a sofa in my English class. It was awkward, but it was okay, I guess.”
“Last year, I went and picked up my boyfriend Tre around midnight,” senior Lisa Safora said. “At the park, I turned on Drake; he tried to be smooth and put his arm around me and leaned in and kissed me. It was like when you pop a balloon. I had butterflies in my stomach and I’m still totally in love with him.”
Not everyone at CCHS had a good first kiss, though.
“His name was Allen,” Spanish teacher Jaime Basham said. “I was in kindergarten and he would always call my house and ask if I could come over and play because I liked to play with trucks and Ninja Turtles. He kissed me on the cheek and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to play with his Ninja Turtles; I was conflicted.”
“I was in 3rd grade,” junior Hollie Johnson said. “I was at his house and he kissed me. We continued to kiss and I remember thinking to myself, ‘Wow, this guy can’t kiss.’ It was a slobbery mess.”
“We were at the bus stop in 8th grade,” senior Victoria Martini said. “He was a really good friend of mine and he hugged me and suddenly kissed me, walked away, and left.”
“I was in 8th grade and we were at the bus stop,” senior Raylee Bachtold said. “He exclaimed, ‘Oh no! I dropped my pencil,’ and drug me down with him to pick it up. Suddenly, a kiss. I laughed, but I just considered him a friend.”
“At first, I didn’t know what was happening,” sophomore Sierra Williams said. “I was at school at the CCHS vs. Thunder Basin game last year. This random guy was trying to one-up his friend, so he kissed me because he knew the other girl wouldn’t kiss the other guy.”
Sometimes an act of romance and passion, sometimes just downright weird: a first kiss is that special, bacteria-sharing moment that will never be forgotten. Maybe 278 different bacteria can’t be so bad after all.