The Silver Lining | Jersey Shore Yearbook Fun!

So a few days ago on twitter I mentioned that I graduated high school with Mike "The Situation" on MTV’s Jersey Shore. I promised a few people I’d upload old yearbook pictures and this is me holding to that promise. Unfortunately…my photo is on the same page as Mike’s. I could have cropped myself out and never mentioned it, but I decided yearbook photos are for laughing at. Therefore, laugh away at both mine and Mike’s.

I did, however, crop out my name since it’s different than my pen name, Shana Silver. Shana is my middle name and I go by it in real life, but in the yearbook my first name was printed. And Silver is just an easier to spell version of my real last name. (A last name I will only have for 5 1/2 more months!!!)

About Mike from high school. I remember him, but I don’t remember much, which makes me think he has changed A LOT because I definitely would have remembered someone calling himself The Situation. Methinks this is all a desperate ploy to get on MTV and eke out a hosting career after this. I think Mike was popular in high school, or at least he wasn’t unpopular. My high school had a graduating class of 492, so it was easy to get lost in the radar.

That being said, Manalapan High School’s class of 1999 has had a lot of famous alumni! Another guy I graduated with was on MTV’s Tough Enough. And we have two professional baseball players. (And hopefully…I will join the ranks soon as famous author?????)

I’ve seen people mention that the depiction of guidos at the Jersey Shore on MTV is way over the top and unrealistic. Well…I disagree. I’ve been to bars at the Jersey Shore, particularly Bar A in Belmar and well, THIS IS EXACTLY HOW SOME PEOPLE ACT! Not all people, obviously, but there ARE people who do act this way. There’s an unspoken dress code that you are required to wear. If you’re a guy, it involves a wife beater, a blingy gold chain, and hair spiked to the ceiling with enough gel to be flammable. If you’re a girl, you shouldn’t wear anything, or as close to nothing as possible. The one time I went to Bar A it was quite an experience. Now, I do not fall into the category of people-who-act-like-this nor did I leave most of my flesh exposed. Which is why I felt awkward and out of place at the bar. Still, it didn’t surprise me that I ran into several people I knew that night.

I’m putting my favorite YouTube video ever under the cut. Because it is so hilarious, even if you don’t live in NJ. I don’t know these people, but this is just another example that this is how some Jersey Shore goers act.

And now without further ado…yearbook photos. Sorry for the crude circles. I still don’t have a computer, therefore I don’t have Photoshop, so I had to use picnik.com and hand drawing with a touch pad is not the easiest thing in the world. I miss my tablet!

FRESHMAN YEAR
. (The white streak in my hair is a braid because I had just returned from a cruise. Which is why I am so utterly tan.)

SOPHOMORE YEAR

JUNIOR YEAR

SENIOR YEAR

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13 Responses

  1. I have no idea who this guy is, but I love being able to see the difference between now and then.

    I think your pictures are so cute. Nowhere near as embarrassing as my old pictures. In my defense, the 80s were an interesting time for hairstyles.

  2. You are adorable. And from what little I’ve seen of the show (my kids think it’s “freakin’ hilarious”), he’s a bit of an ass. But maybe I’m being unfair in that assessment.

    • I think the thing that makes him interesting on the show is that he *tries* to be an ass and act all cocky, but then they show him pining for a girl and being jealous and you can see he’s really sensitive inside and it’s all a cover.

      I wish I remembered more about him from HS!

  3. I so can’t wait to read this later – and watch the video. and SHANA!!!! I ADORE your website!!!!! It’s one of my new faves! I don’t know how I missed it before.

    Okay, gotta go get a massage. back later 🙂

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