As the school year begins one District 204 school is starting off with a celebration. When Metea Valley High School opened their doors in 2009 the halls were filled with only freshman and sophomores. This year, Metea has a full house, including their first senior class.
At Metea’s back-to-school assembly, almost 2,500 students filled the gym in preparation for a year filled with firsts. The 650 students of the Class of 2012 hope to establish traditions for underclassmen to follow.
“I think it is really cool that we get to start a legacy here,” said Nathaniel Bloodsaw, a senior.
“It kind of feels like a high school now. We have four classes and it’s not a glorified middle school like it has been,” said Erin Calhoun, a senior.
“We’ve got a traditional mix now,” said Nilo Cobau, a senior. “It’s going to be cool to have all these interactions we haven’t had before.”
Metea’s Principal Jim Schmid says these students are no strangers to the leadership role.
““They’ve been the big dogs in eighth grader, as ninth graders at the freshman center, tenth graders, eleventh graders and now twelfth graders,” said Schmid.
Having the first senior class brings new challenges for faculty members who have to prepare students for life after high school.
“This is the first year that we will have students that are eager to take the next step into their lives,” said Ryan Doherty, a Senior English Teacher. “Also it’s the first time that students are starting to feel pressure from the decisions they’ve made earlier in school.”
The pressure builds as the mustangs hope to step up their game with athletics. Last year, varsity teams consisted of mostly juniors and this will be the first year with senior players on varsity.
“Now all bets are off,” said Tom Schweer, Athletic Director. “We have four years and we are just like everyone else and we need to perform.”
And also for the first year Marty the Mustang will finally be bringing school spirit to these games. Staff recently introduced the mascot to the entire school.
Metea seniors and staff will begin plans for the school’s first commencement ceremony at the end of the year.
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