All across America, eight graders are readying themselves to step up and become high schoolers. For some freshmen, the school is as new as they are.
"I'm nervous, but excited to be here, excited to be in high school, excited to be the first class, but I'm nervous about finding my classes, meeting new teachers and getting used to the whole new school," says Naomi Gross, Student Council Member.
Going from middle school to high school is scary enough -- more so, when the high school is as fresh as the freshmen. Start-up high school, Legacy, won't have a home until 2015. In the interim, Bismarck Career Academy will serve as host to the freshman class, which is actually, the only class.
Despite the new school's unconventional set-up, there are benefits. "Our P.E. courses will be at the aquatic center, so we're going to offer swimming, which other schools won't be able to offer. We're offering a robotics class -- you know, the Career Academy is offering -- some IT classes that other students won't have the access to, because the proximity, again, to the building we're going to be in here," say Tom Schmidt, Principal, Legacy High School.
So far, 256 freshmen are enrolled. They're getting oriented with help from volunteer Student Council members leading tours of the campus. What's their take on how new freshmen are reacting -- scared, nervous, excited? "I think all the above. I think some are nervous. Some are more excited. It's a completely different atmosphere than what we're used to," says Naomi Gross, with Heidi Hilz and Mercedes Baumgartner, all of whom are Student Council Members.
Legacy administrators are letting students know they're here for them. "Are you committed to graduation? We are here to help walk you through that, but we need you to give it 110 percent. When you climb up that ladder of education, opportunities come; the unemployment rate goes down; and your earnings go up. Ninth grade is a pivotal year for you," says Natalie Butts, Legacy High School Counselor.
These new ninth graders appear ready. Even if they're not, they're putting on their best game face. "Go Sabers!," shout Heidi, Naomi and Mercedes.
If you need to contact the new Legacy High School on the Bismarck State College campus, phone 701/323-4850.
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