Today is a first day of many lasts for Iola High Schools Class of 2019.
The last first day began bright and early for 78 IHS seniors, including a quartet Katie Weide, Dalton Kerr, Hailei Gregg and Natalie DeGrado who visited with a Register reporter shortly before classes began.
Im kind of happy to see people Ive known all my life, but itll be sad knowing this is the last year, Gregg said. I dont think itll hit us until graduation.
All four have followed a typical high-schoolers trend, loading up on the mandatory and most difficult classes in grades 9-11, then enrolling in a lighter schedule for their senior year.
But that doesnt mean theyll be coasting.
As seniors, all four are required to serve as interns at various locales in the community.
Weide will serve her internship at Allen Community College, where shes enrolled in several dual-credit courses; Kerr within the high school art program; Gregg at Audacious Boutique in downtown Iola; and DeGrado with a local veterinarian.
The school has tightened its internship rules to ensure all students remain active, Weide explained.
It used to be kids would intern with their parents and just stay home, chuckled Weide, who is eyeing either attending Wichita State or Kansas State after high school.
The other three plan to attend ACC before branching elsewhere. Kerr is headed to the University of Kansas; Gregg eventually Pittsburg State University and DeGrado to K-State.
And while time slips away rapidly as the years roll along, each of the four plans to enjoy their senior year.
Im looking forward to making memories, DeGrado said. But right now, were just getting things worked out on our first day.
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