BATTLE RISING: Battle High School couple find love

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:03 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA — She is the sophomore Homecoming queen and participates in different extracurricular programs, such as the Advancement Via Individual Determination and the Teenage Outreach Program. She volunteers for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and wants to become a teacher.

He has a troubled past. He said he doesn’t enjoy school and works part time. He wants to join the Navy and travel to China.

Samantha Moss, 16, and Xavier Rolley, 17, have been dating since August 2013. It might be just a few of months, but it’s long enough for them to know that they love each other.

They met each other more than two years ago at Rolley’s cousin's house. Rolley messaged Moss on Facebook. It was nothing more than a small chat once in a while, but he had a crush on her from the first time he saw her.

Summer school at Battle High School brought them together. Rolley would have gone to Hickman High School if his aunt hadn’t become the principal of the newest school in Columbia. Moss came to Battle after Jefferson Junior High School because the new school is located in her district.

Rolley was the first to approach Moss when he saw her in the school’s cafeteria. They started talking and spent time in a pool in Rolley’s neighborhood after summer school.

When they have school, they do homework together. Sometimes they go to the movies or play laser tag and go bowling. They also spend significant time interacting through FaceTime — an application on the iPads that the school provides.

“I talk to Xavier a lot. That’s the way to cope with stress,” Moss explained. She said Xavier is more optimistic and takes things less seriously.

Both of them said they feel as if they are more different than similar. However, Moss says one thing they share in common is that they don’t like depending on other people.

“But we rely on each other all the time, which is weird, I guess," Moss said.

She said she believes that relationships change over time. Adult relationships are different because of financial issues.

However, they think they found the right person in each other.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.

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