55 Super Awkward Middle School Photos

BuzzFeed staff share their most traumatic pics from the pimpled trenches of puberty. Add YOURS in the comments!

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5. Erin La Rosa

Erin La Rosa

"Behold, my first and only glamour shot. I didn't have a lot of friends, but I DID have some awesome imaginary friends. Perhaps that's all too obvious."

16. Ashley Ford

Ashley Ford

"My school used to do something called "Toe' Up From the Flo' Up" Day for spirit week. I stole my grandma's wig for this occasion. I had a lot of spirit. I also used to play the drums."

23. Isaac Fitzgerald (right)

Isaac Fitzgerald

"Myself and best friend Liam Patrick Walsh. I was selling cigarettes out of my locker that year. He would go on to attend West Point and is now a captain in the US Army. We are still close."

36. Cates Holderness

Cates Holderness

"When I was in 6th grade I decided I wanted super short hair. This was, in retrospect, not the best idea I'd ever had, but at the time I thought it might divert attention from my coke-bottle glasses and new braces. Little did I realize that drastically changing one's hair at the onset of puberty at the time when you are surrounded by hundreds of your hormone-fueled, spiteful, cliqueish peers might lead to heartache. Oh, how swiftly I learned."

38. Alex Alvarez (center)

Alex Alvarez

"I can't actually remember if this was in middle school or freshman year of high school, but here I am (center) at a robotics competition. We're in a midcentury living room at the Kennedy Space Center and apparently very, very happy about it."

39. Ellie Hall

Ellie Hall

"My dark past is that I acted in community and professional musical theater / opera for 13 years while growing up in Virginia. Of all the roles I played, nothing will be darker than this. 2002. I was in 7th grade. I went in to audition for the role of Fern and was cast as Wilbur the pig. "

50. Simon Crerar

Simon Crerar

"Where do I start? Ridiculous spike? Check. Shocking shirt? Check. Worn corduroy? Check. Stripy socks? Check. Blues Brothers shades? Check. Climbing frame?! I have no idea what I was thinking."

54. Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume

"Here is my 12-year-old self doing the 5ive "Got the Feelin'" dance, after having been given a terrible-on-purpose makeover by my friend (cut out of this picture so that she doesn't murder me in my sleep). You probably can't tell, but I had one eye with bright pink eyeshadow and one eye with bright blue eyeshadow and purple lip gloss on."

55. And finally, that time Matt Stopera was on MTV's Fanography: Britney:

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