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From the rose to propose

One of America’s most popular reality television shows began airing its newest season on January 22nd of 2024. This was the 28th season of ABC’s The Bachelor, and it sparked the attention of many viewers.

The original set of 32 women and this season’s bachelor, Joey Graziadei, was unique and exciting. Each character brought a different personality to the show and combined to create an intriguing 2 hours for viewers each Monday night.

Participants in the show spent time with Joey, went on different dates, and went to different places to attempt to establish a relationship with Joey. At the end of each episode, there was a rose ceremony where some women were sent home while others were invited to continue on the show. These cuts made for an interesting and sometimes very surprising Monday night.

As women were continuously sent home each episode, the viewers were able to understand more about the remaining women with more time to focus on just them. By the time there were 3 women left, it was easier to understand each one and their relationship with Joey. There was Rachel, Kelsey, and Daisy, all different from each other in appearance and personality. The show unfolded when the three girls and Joey went to Tulum, Mexico. Here, Joey eliminated Rachel and decided on the final two women as Kelsey and Daisy.

Many viewers had conflicting opinions about who should win, and it was hard to make predictions as both seemed a reasonable fit for Joey. In the end, Daisy realized Joey wasn’t going to choose her, and chose to walk away from him at the final rose ceremony. This left Joey and Kelsey, and the final rose and proposal went to Kelsey. The show had a happy ending with Kelsey saying yes to the proposal and the beginning of their engagement.

The ending left viewers surprised: Daisy handling her rejection with grace, and the two girls becoming friends despite the unlikely circumstances.

The discussion of the show’s outcome emerged in the hallways of Marietta High School. Students and even teachers have comments to make on the show and what they thought about it. 

“I think Daisy should win because she’s really sweet and she deserves it,” Ava Jane Denny (12), said.

While there is always some drama on the show, there was a shocking up-surge of it in season 28. The drama was not only in the mansion, but took to social media. Many contestants faced online harassment from viewers, commenting cruel words on the girls instagram post, and even dm-ing threats. The bachelor handled the situation well, in the women tell all, where all of the contestants gather to share their sides of the story, there were overwhelming amounts of love. The show began to stress the importance of kindness, and “girls supporting girls”.

Overall, the differing opinions and drama made season 28 a season to remember.

MHS students vote on predicted winner from season 28 (Trinity Seals)
MHS students vote favorite top 3 contestant (Trinity Seals)
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Colette DePasquale
Colette DePasquale, Staff Writer
Colette DePasquale is a Junior at Marietta High School and a new member of Marietta’s newspaper, Pitchfork. She is an IB student and a varsity cross country and track athlete. She participates in many school activities including National Honors Society and Beta Club. Colette also serves as the secretary of Interact Club and as a student council representative. In her free time, Colette enjoys running, cooking, painting, and reading.
Trinity Seals
Trinity Seals, Promotion Manager
Trinity Seals is a junior at Marietta High School, she is an IB/honors student, and a second year staff member  and Marketing Manager for Marietta High Schools Newspaper, Pitchfork. She is a member of the Interact Club.Trinity is an active member in her community as a 4th generation MHS student, loving all things Marietta.Her passion lies in dance as she trains at Georgia Dance Conservatory (GDC) and performs with their pre-professional company in the highest level, Georgia Metro Dance Theater (GMDT). In her future she hopes to either pursue criminology.
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