Students are filling the hallways and desks of schools that have been empty over the three coveted summer months. For my classmates at Lincoln County High School, however, it’s a whole new building.
The construction of the new high school ended just in time for the first day of school Monday. The new high school means no more sharing a campus with the Lincoln County Middle School.
Lincoln County High School students are responding in different ways. New senior Dexter Rouse, 17, says: “the way it is made is awesome.”
Other students agreed.
“I feel better about coming to school now,” said Dennis Rivera, 16, another senior.
Both young men said that they would much rather graduate from the new school campus. Some students, such as senior Emily King, 17, aren’t responding with such enthusiasm.
“I’d much rather have been the last class to graduate from the old school than this new one. Lincoln County is all about tradition, and I’m not comfortable being the class who breaks this one,” she said.
The seniors, however, aren’t the only ones buzzing about the transition to the new school. Underclassmen, much like the rest of the town, are in awe of the school.
“It’s going to be a good transition,” said Kathryn Poss, 16, a junior. “Everyone will adjust soon enough.”
When asked if she’d rather have been the first class to graduate from the new school, Kathryn said she would not.
“I’ve had the opportunity to go to the old school for two years. Now, I have the opportunity to go to the new one for two years. It’s better that way.”
The class of 2011 will be the first class to graduate from the new building, which consists of an indoor gym, an auditorium that can now hold the entire student body, and a more organized hallway.
Chandler Goldman, a recent graduate, was a member of the last class to graduate from the old building and saw the new building when it was open to the public.
“It’s huge. It’s amazing. I wish I could’ve gone to this school, but I’m just glad to be out,” he said.
The new school has a modern design with a hint of Lincoln County tradition. Transitioning from a high school that has been used since the Civil Rights Movement to a high school where students will still be getting lost wandering down the hallways for weeks is going to take some time. From the sound of it, though, it seems like the Lincoln County students are eager to get started.
Teen Board Member Jennifer Dandron is a senior at Lincoln County High School.