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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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1. Ryan Broderick

"I still make this face when I'm eating pizza."
Ryan Broderick

"I still make this face when I'm eating pizza."

2. Katherine Miller

"I'm ready for the first day of school!"
Katherine Miller

"I'm ready for the first day of school!"

3. Alex Naidus

"Winning the unofficial First to Get a Mustache Award™ wasn't really *my* idea of a good time, but what can you do..."
Alex Naidus

"Winning the unofficial First to Get a Mustache Award™ wasn't really *my* idea of a good time, but what can you do..."

4. Ashley Perez

"You win some, you lose some. Middle school was a big loss."
Ashley Perez

"You win some, you lose some. Middle school was a big loss."

5. 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."
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."

6. Myles Tanzer

"Bye y'all, thanks for coming to my bar mitzvah!"
Myles Tanzer

"Bye y'all, thanks for coming to my bar mitzvah!"

7. Jen Lewis

"Welp."
Jen Lewis

"Welp."

8. Charlie Warzel

"HERE IS A PICTURE OF ME STRUGGLING WITH CUPCAKES (don't ask) in like 6th grade."
Charlie Warzel

"HERE IS A PICTURE OF ME STRUGGLING WITH CUPCAKES (don't ask) in like 6th grade."

9. Arianna Rebolini

"Can you tell my mom used to cut my bangs?"
Arianna Rebolini

"Can you tell my mom used to cut my bangs?"

10. Gavon Laessig

"Found beneath some moldy comic books, here now is 190 pounds of glistening mullet jammed into a pair of Montgomery Ward husky pants."
Gavon Laessig

"Found beneath some moldy comic books, here now is 190 pounds of glistening mullet jammed into a pair of Montgomery Ward husky pants."

11. Tracy Clayton

"12 years old and already over everybody's shit."
Tracy Clayton

"12 years old and already over everybody's shit."

12. Lara Parker

"Here I am talking on a land line phone with retainers taking an original selfie on a KODAK CAMERA."
Lara Parker

"Here I am talking on a land line phone with retainers taking an original selfie on a KODAK CAMERA."

13. Austin Hunt

"Me in 7th grade getting knighted."
Chris Ritter

"Me in 7th grade getting knighted."

14. Javier Moreno

"Me in 8th grade. A 4'11 95lbs "football" player."
Javier Moreno

"Me in 8th grade. A 4'11 95lbs "football" player."

15. Sandra Allen

"Still my favorite photo of me ever taken. Eighth grade dance. Believe I was going for sexy? I have not gotten better at sexy."
Sandra Allen

"Still my favorite photo of me ever taken. Eighth grade dance. Believe I was going for sexy? I have not gotten better at sexy."

16. 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."
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."

17. Dorsey Shaw

"Me sitting next to Dad, hating life."
Dorsey Shaw

"Me sitting next to Dad, hating life."

18. Summer Burton

"I got that hat at a giveaway at Wendy's."
Summer Burton

"I got that hat at a giveaway at Wendy's."

19. Deena Shanker

"I'm the one in the corner that nobody really wanted in the picture in the first place."
Deena Shanker

"I'm the one in the corner that nobody really wanted in the picture in the first place."

20. Dave Stopera

"me and the boys"
Dave Stopera

"me and the boys"

21. Alanna Okun

"Boys didn't slow-dance with me because I intimidated them a lot."
Alanna Okun

"Boys didn't slow-dance with me because I intimidated them a lot."

22. Justine Zwiebel

"Baby goth phase."
Justine Zwiebel

"Baby goth phase."

23. Isaac Fitzgerald (right)

"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."
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."

24. Jessica Misener

"This was my chunky blonde highlights phase. Thanks to late '90s Jennifer Aniston on Friends for the inspiration!"
Jessica Misener

"This was my chunky blonde highlights phase. Thanks to late '90s Jennifer Aniston on Friends for the inspiration!"

25. Julie Gerstein

"I hung out with delinquent skater boys, could you tell?"
Julie Gerstein

"I hung out with delinquent skater boys, could you tell?"

26. Louis Peitzman

"The truth is out there."
Louis Peitzman

"The truth is out there."

27. Chris Ritter

"My wardrobe was a mix of choker chains and t-shirts my mom wore in the 70's and 80's."
Chris Ritter

"My wardrobe was a mix of choker chains and t-shirts my mom wore in the 70's and 80's."

28. Jarett Wieselman

"A bowl cut AND a tab collar? #YES1993"
Jarrett Wieselman

"A bowl cut AND a tab collar? #YES1993"

29. John Stanton

"I have no idea what made me smile like that, cause there wasn't a damn thing funny happening when i was wearing that blazer."
John Stanton

"I have no idea what made me smile like that, cause there wasn't a damn thing funny happening when i was wearing that blazer."

30. Macey Foronda

"...?"
Macey Foronda

"...?"

31. Tasneem Nashrulla

"I wanted to be the 'only guy' at my all-girls school. I succeeded."
Tasneem Nashrulla

"I wanted to be the 'only guy' at my all-girls school. I succeeded."

32. Andrew Ziegler

"I never crushed that can."
Andrew Ziegler

"I never crushed that can."

33. Anne Helen Petersen

"You knew I was cool because I got to hold the banner at the Lewiston, Idaho Rodeo Parade. In a cheerleading uniform."
Anne Helen Petersen

"You knew I was cool because I got to hold the banner at the Lewiston, Idaho Rodeo Parade. In a cheerleading uniform."

34. Jaimie Etkin

"I lasted one summer at sleepaway camp. I needn't explain why."
Jaimie Etkin

"I lasted one summer at sleepaway camp. I needn't explain why."

35. Aylin Zafar

"i got a short haircut bc i wanted to look like Victoria Beckham."
Aylin Zafar

"i got a short haircut bc i wanted to look like Victoria Beckham."

36. 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."
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."

37. Sami Main

"My hair matches my face in solidarity of dumbness, at least.”
Sami Main

"My hair matches my face in solidarity of dumbness, at least.”

38. Alex Alvarez (center)

"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."
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

"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. "
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. "

40. Sam Stryker

"my butch phase y'all"
Sam Stryker

"my butch phase y'all"

41. Katie Heaney

"13 years old, ornate Halloween costume, boy haircut + braces, etc. (I am hiding behind a ghost.)"
Katie Heaney

"13 years old, ornate Halloween costume, boy haircut + braces, etc. (I am hiding behind a ghost.)"

42. Kayla Yandoli

"Just an awkward 14-year-old hippie, visiting Woodstock."
Kayla Yandoli

"Just an awkward 14-year-old hippie, visiting Woodstock."

43. Julia Furlan

"I tried to use the Gap to shield my entire body from sight, but I couldn't hide my face. It took a while to grow into my nose. And my eyebrows."
Julia Furlan

"I tried to use the Gap to shield my entire body from sight, but I couldn't hide my face. It took a while to grow into my nose. And my eyebrows."

44. Joel Anderson

"This is a little too soft for football and coincidentally, the last known picture of me smiling. Circa 1990."
Joel Anderson

"This is a little too soft for football and coincidentally, the last known picture of me smiling. Circa 1990."

45. Julia Pugachevsky

"Forever angsty."
Julia Pugachevsky

"Forever angsty."

46. Chelsea Marshall

"Here's me in front of a wall in Morocco, wearing some nice bungie cord pants and a bucket hat."
Chelsea Marshall

"Here's me in front of a wall in Morocco, wearing some nice bungie cord pants and a bucket hat."

47. Erin Chack

"CHACK SISTAHS, BREAKING BOYS' HEARTS SINCE LITERALLY NEVER."
Erin Chack

"CHACK SISTAHS, BREAKING BOYS' HEARTS SINCE LITERALLY NEVER."

48. Kristin Chirico

"I'm the one with the Far Side Anthology in her lap. It was in my Easter basket. JEALOUS?"
Kristin Chirico

"I'm the one with the Far Side Anthology in her lap. It was in my Easter basket. JEALOUS?"

49. Conz Preti

"Being girlie wasn't my thing."
Conz Preti

"Being girlie wasn't my thing."

50. 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."
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."

51. Tasmai Uppin

"You can tell how much I hate pics. Avoiding the camera is my thing."
Tasmai Uppin

"You can tell how much I hate pics. Avoiding the camera is my thing."

52. Candace Lowry

"idk I consider myself a baller..."
Candace Lowry

"idk I consider myself a baller..."

53. Whitney Jefferson

"7th grade: braces, Delia's t-shirt."
Whitney Jefferson

"7th grade: braces, Delia's t-shirt."

54. 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."
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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