WENDELL -- Senior night at the homecoming game. A senior class trip. Graduation.
These are just a few of the traditions the first senior class will start this year at Corinth Holders High School.
But before the senior class could begin leaving its legacy, the school had to prepare to accommodate four classes instead of three.
With 250 students in the senior class and upward of 400 freshman, the school had to hire nearly 20 more faculty members to teach everything from more exceptional children’s courses to career and technical classes.
The school also increased its course offerings to accommodate seniors, adding English IV, more career and technical courses, and more Advanced Placement courses, including AP literature.
Corinth Holders Principal Chase Ferrell said he’s looking forward to this first crop of seniors setting the foundation for senior classes in years to come. “I think what they have really embraced is the opportunity to be the first senior class,” he said. “They’re excited about being the leaders of this school; they realize they have the chance to establish quite a few traditions not just for them but for the classes that will follow.”
Ferrell said the class is already doing a good job of leading by example in terms of being hardworking and on their best behavior. “You see them helping the freshmen, you see them leading in the hallways the right way, being the right example,” he said.
John Holzer, the school’s first senior class president, said he thinks his fellow classmates understand the importance of their role in the school’s history. “Of course every class has those jokers, but a lot of us notice how big this is and how important it is that we set the tone right,” he said.
Without a predecessor to look up to, Holzer says he’s taking his job one step at a time. Right now, that involves leading by example and helping to plan the senior trip to Orlando, Fla. Come next spring, Holzer will be responsible for setting up much of the school’s first graduation ceremony, at which he’ll also give a speech.
As long as Holzer’s good example catches on with his classmates, the whole senior class will benefit. The administration is experimenting with senior privileges that it awards as the class continues to behave.
Last week, seniors were allowed to leave school two minutes earlier so they could get a head start on traffic in the school parking lot. More privileges might be ahead.
“As they keep going with the pace and with the excellence they’ve shown so far, there will be many more to come,” Ferrell said.