Transitioning from middle school to high school is an exciting yet intimidating process. Freshman year serves as the launchpad into the higher levels of education and socialization. Current freshmen are being taught at Eastwood Middle School, changing the circumstances of their initiation. The class of 2021 has mixed feelings about their high school experience.
Freshman Foday Bayoh said that in spite of the geographical challenges, he’s managed to remain connected to Eastwood by involving himself in Trooper activities.
“Being separate doesn’t really matter because it’s still the same experience,” Bayoh said. “I still feel like a part of the high school because I get to go there for football and it still makes me feel connected.”
Bayoh said that spending another year at the middle school building won’t really impact him, because he’s going to remain focused on his education.
“I don’t think the extra year will have any impact because I focus on what I do,” Bayoh said. “I don’t think it will really matter to me as long as I go to school and focus on learning.”
Freshman Delaney Sanchez said that she felt Eastwood was doing it’s best to involve the freshman and that she had enjoyed the school activities that she had been a part of.
“I feel like they are really making an effort to bring us into the high school,” Sanchez said. “I thought the first pep rally was really cool and fun because we were all really energized and pumped up.”
Sanchez said that remaining at the middle school would actually help the freshman transition into high school because there is less pressure and less stress.
“I think there are some benefits to staying at the middle school,” Sanchez said. “If you feel like there’s pressure from being in high school then you can still prepare yourself while you’re here at EMS.”
Freshman Max Solis said that staying at the middle school could have been worse and the contact between the freshman and the middle schoolers has been minimal.
“It’s much less worse than I thought it was going to be,” Solis said. “We don’t ever really run into any of the middle schoolers unless we’re switching classes."
Although they are taught in a middle school, Solis believes there is a big transition as far as the teachers.
"I don’t think it impacts me that much, because the high school teachers treat us like high school students, not middle schoolers.”
The class of '21 freshmen have responded with resilience to the short straw they were handed. Despite the fact that they are physically separated from the rest of the student body, they demonstrate a defining characteristic of the Trooper spirit: determination to make the best of a difficult situation.