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A fresh start to the year

August 22, 2018 GMT

The North Platte High School freshmen beat the buzzer with their opening day of school on Monday. On Tuesday, the sophomores, juniors and seniors joined them as they swarmed the hallways.

Excitement was evident on many students’ faces as they made their way through the front doors. There to greet them was physical education teacher Bernie Madison.

“I’m just trying to get to know kids,” Madison said. “I like to meet people and have positive relationships, so this is a good way to do it — stand right out here and meet them.”

Madison said everybody seemed to be happy to come back.

“They’re positive, smiling.” Madison said.

Isabel Lundy, a freshman, worked her way toward the entrance while carrying her violin.

“The thing about the high school is it has a really great music program and all the performing arts,” Isabel said. “There’s always something for somebody to do.”

As a freshman, her first day was Monday.

“That was actually really fun,” Isabel said. “It was really nice that it was just freshmen because it gave me a chance to get acquainted with the school, to meet all my teachers and also to find out where my classes were.”

She is looking forward to getting involved in the school.

“I’m really looking forward to trying out for a musical and being in the extra choirs, band and orchestras,” Isabel said. “Music is really, really a huge part of my life, so it’s really great to get a chance to pursue that subject.”

Jaden Keeney, a sophomore, had mixed emotions about the first day of school.

“I’m not ready. Summer went by too fast,” Jaden said. “But I’m looking forward to a lot of new opportunities.”

Another sophomore, Landon Blank, had similar feelings about being back at school.

“Yes and no,” Landon said. “I was pretty bored at home. I’m not really excited for the schoolwork, but I’m glad to be back.”

Landon said math is his favorite subject.

“I’m pretty good at math,” Landon said. “It’s easy for me, I say.”

As for his future, which is still a few years out, he has a lofty goal: “I want to become a doctor; not sure what type yet.”