Every summer since she was five-years-old, junior Stephanie Mullen would visit her dad’s side of the family in Pennsylvania. Her grandmother, an enthusiastic baker, would ask Mullen to help out around the kitchen. Among the pies, sauces and cookies, gingersnaps were Grandma Mullen’s signature dessert, a recipe passed down for generations.

Now, when Mullen bakes cookies, the memories of those summer trips resonate with her deeply, just like the many other childhood memories that she holds close to her heart.

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Andrea Schlitt is a senior at MVHS and a third year staff member. She enjoys exploring issues that matter through different mediums. She currently serves as a copy editor for El Estoque and previously served as a news editor and beats editor.