Richmond County First Day of School

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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, of Augusta sits in the living room of his grandparents house before walking to the bus stop for the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012. Thomas, a senior at Butler High School and a chorus member, plans to attend college after graduation and major in musical and vocal performance.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, of Augusta gets ready for the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012. Thomas, a senior at Butler High School and a chorus member, plans to attend college after graduation and major in musical and vocal performance.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, hugs his grandmother Brenda Thomas before walking to the bus stop for the first day of school on Monday morning. Thomas, a senior at Butler High School, is a member of the cross country and baseball teams.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Brenda Thomas sits on the front porch as she often does to watch her grandson Zadarian Thomas, 17, walk to the bus stop for his first day of his senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, of Augusta boards the bus on his first day of senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, smiles as he sees friends before school begins at Butler High School on his first day of senior year.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, right, makes his way through a crowd of people smiling and hugging friends on the first day of his senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, right, high-fives his homeroom teacher Tonya McGowan on the first day of his senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, smiles as he receives his class schedule during homeroom on his first of his senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, waits in the doorway of his homeroom class for the bell to ring to switch classes on his first day of senior year at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, makes his way to homeroom early Monday morning on the first day of his senior year at Butler High School.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, center, listens as his Spanish IV teacher Joseph Alvarnaz speaks to the class on the first day of school at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2102.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Butler High School senior Zadarian Thomas, left, waits for the bus with friend freshman Jordan Williams on the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, left, hands a notebook to friend Wilkeydra Boyd on the first day of school at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Butler High School senior Zadarian Thomas, right, checks for his homeroom assignment on the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Senior Zadarian Thomas, hugs teacher Valeria Smith on the first day of school at Butler High School on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Butler High School senior Zadarian Thomas, 17, right, walks to class next to his cousin, freshman Andre Solomon, left center, on the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Zadarian Thomas, 17, arrives to school on the first day of his senior year at Butler High School in Augusta.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Butler High School senior Zadarian Thomas, 17, left, greets friends on his way to class on the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Butler High School senior Zadarian Thomas, right, jokes with his Spanish IV teacher Joseph Alvarnaz on the first day of school on Monday, August 13, 2012.

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