First graduating class of 'mustangs' get first look at new school

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Chad Darnell

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.- Even though students are only days away from the last day of school, it looked and sounded more like the first day at the new McCracken County High School.

Juniors from all three county high schools will get a chance to walk the halls and get familiar with the classrooms before the actual first day in the fall.

"While we had them as a captive audience within our school buildings, we could bring them over and really give every kid the opportunity to see this place," said principal Michael Ceglinski.

He and other teachers were acting as tour guides and answering questions.

It was obvious most students were impressed with the new library, cafeteria, and gym. Junior Neely Quint was excited to see the specialized classrooms for science.

"I'm really excited to have classes here that introduce me to my job field and give me an idea of what I'm going to be doing," she said. She added that she was anxious to see the 'regular classrooms' and how they fit into the 'house design'.

"I had heard everything from its one big room with rooms off of it to, I mean, everyone was just making up stuff and the teachers tried to explain what it was going to be like, but you can't really picture it in your head," she said.
 
She said seeing it in person really helped it make sense, and while she still gets turned around, she knows it won't be like that for long.

"I think it will be a little confusing at first just because I'm used to having two hallways and all my classes come off of that," she said. "It's going to be a lot different."

Different, but exciting and Ceglinski hopes the excitement he saw Thursday lasts all the way through the summer.

"They've gotten their schedules.  They're starting to tour the building, so you start to put those two things together and it really starts to become real for them," he said.

The first day of class for students will be August 9.

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