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Culpeper has a lot to offer teens

If you have ever dealt with a teenager in our home town of Culpeper, I am almost positive you heard the infamous quote, “There is nothing to do in this town!”

All of us young folk have said it, and I am sure more than a few teenagers, although they might not willingly admit it, have pulled the, “I am never, ever coming back here after the day I turn 18!” card when in a power struggle with their parents.
However when you look at our town, it is simply not that terrible.

Having a father that was in the military, I did not become an official resident of our county until I was 2 years of age, then at age 4 my family moved into our house. We are still in the same exact house. It makes for a bit of boring routine, let me tell you. My entire family grew up in this town, and I can guarantee you that where ever I go here, I know someone, or they know me. Needless to say, there is no getting away with much. This town has come a long way since the 80s, when my dad and my uncles grew up here, however.

My friend Maria Sibanda was born and raised in Manchester, England. Last year, her family moved here for her dad’s work.
“As a teenager living in Culpeper as opposed to England, things are very, very different. Culpeper is much smaller, and there is less to do. The school systems are also really different; I should have graduated high school last year! Things are a lot more crowded though, and quite impersonal,” she said.

Since the year 2000 some of the major additions in town include: Target, Kohls, Petsmart, Staples, Chili's, Ruby Tuesdays, Lowes, Starbucks, Martins, IHop, Chick-fil-A, and lots of other new establishments. That’s a far cry from what our little town used to be when Dee Dee’s Family Restaurant, Golden Corral, and McDonald’s were your only options of where to eat. Now we have at least 20 choices!

The fantastic, ingenious part of our little town -- it makes me proud to call Culpeper my home -- is that we Culpeperians haven’t lost our sense of southern hospitalit, and the huge sense of community here. Nor do I think we will lose it anytime in the future.
I always complain there is not a mall here, or an amusement park, but deep down I know I will never leave Culpeper permanently and it will always be home in my heart.
Victoria A. Phillips is a junior at Eastern View High School
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