Old Sport/Class Pet Story

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This story is about Amy Kuehl’s first class pet, Old Sport the betta fish.

Old Sport I in his freshly cleaned enclosure on Friday, February 24th, 2017.


Mid-February of 2017, Class of 2020 member Paige Zepeda arrived to Amy Kuehl’s first-period class with a Venti Starbucks cup of water containing one male betta fish. 

The fish lived on the venti Starbucks cup of water for a few days and in that time acquired the name “Old Sport” via Class of 2018 members Duncan Kelley and Glen Nagle. This was a reference to The Great Gatsby which the English class the two were enrolled in was reading at the time.

After a few days of life in a Starbucks cup, Old Sport was moved into a fishbowl with gravel and plants supplied by Class of 2018 member Joey Babcock. 

Old Sport lived in this enclosure for about a month until one student noticed that Old Sport was no longer moving. To avoid causing Kuehl sadness, during lunch students swapped out the first Old Sport for a new one without her noticing. 

Generally neglected and without much natural light, Old Sport II lived for another month or so before dying of natural causes.