MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY -
This is the time of year when you may have a nervous and excited teenager in your home. High school seniors are saying goodbye to friends, but beginning new chapters in their lives. One local senior class is making history -- the first ever graduating class of McCracken County Mustangs will walk across the stage next week.
We met Neely Quint in May of 2013. She was a junior at Heath High School, and she felt nervous, yet excited about the new high school. Neely hoped she would even make the softball team.
Most students seem to be at ease at McCracken County High School, and many are excited about summer vacation -- a very different picture from one year ago.
"The first few weeks, everyone was lost. Everyone was late to class. You were just trying to find your way around the best ways," Neely said.
Back then, Neely couldn't believe she wouldn't be spending her senior year at Heath High School. Now, she can't believe she's leaving behind the walls of her new school. Not only did she learn the layout, but she met new people and made new friends.
"I guess I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. It hasn't hit me that I'm graduating next week," she said.
She says the softball team was an especially interesting transition. Now you'd never guess that the girls on the team used to be opponents.
"We've been competing against each other since we were little, playing in rec ball, so coming together and being one team, at first it was hart, but we've all played together some and we all knew each other," Neely said.
Neely says everyone blended really quickly and embraced their new school spirit. She hopes for the future classes, the mustang magic doesn't fade away.
"They need to appreciate it. We came in here and realized how much better it actually is and how great this place is. So don't take it for granted, and it's not that scary of a place, so you'll come in here and love it, I'm sure," she assured.
Neely says she plans to play softball in college for Campbellsville University. She also says attending the larger McCracken County High School this year will make the transition to college that much easier.