County schools let out for summer

June 07, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM


They've been in school for 180 days and said they plan to cram as much fun and relaxation as possible into 11 weeks of summer vacation.

Standing outside of E. Russell Hicks Middle School at 7:01 a.m. Thursday, Cody Whittington was holding only a yearbook and a pen.

"That's all I need today," he said.

He planned to spend his last day as a seventh-grader filling his yearbook with signatures.

For more than 21,000 Washington County Public Schools students, Thursday was the last day of school. The 2007-08 school year begins Aug. 22.


At 7:05 a.m. Tyler Moats, 13, and Josh Morgan, 13, both seventh-graders, were waiting for the first bell to ring at E. Russell Hicks.

"I'm excited and happy," Tyler said. "It's summer and we get to go play all the time. But you don't get to see your friends as much."

Steven Ledford, 15, was walking into the middle school at 7:12 a.m. with a yearbook and four Sharpie markers. Amanda Tolbert, 12, carried her pens in a pink case.

Madison Erickson, a 13-year-old seventh-grader, said she brought a book with her to E. Russell Hicks to return to a teacher. A lollipop and pens filled her other hand.

"I'm looking forward to no homework," she said.

Jaid Sandeen, an eighth-grader, was talking with some friends in the hallway at 7:18 a.m. and said she doesn't want the school year to end.

"I don't want to leave," she said.

Jaid, who will enroll at South Hagerstown High School, said many of her friends are going to Williamsport or Boonsboro high schools.

One friend, Kim Mills, will be going to South Hagerstown. Both girls were wearing colorful beads around their necks.

"It's a last day of school thing," she said.

Morgan Myers, 13, said she's excited about meeting new friends and new teachers in high school.

At 7:40 a.m. Dalton Emerick, 10, was waiting outside Emma K. Doub Elementary School. Taking a break from a game of basketball, the fifth-grader said he was excited to see school end, but the day was bittersweet because he will start his sixth-grade year at a school in Pennsylvania, away from his friends.

"I'm sad, and I'm excited," said Sarabeth Dawson, 11. "Some friends are moving."

Winelis Rodriguez, a fifth-grader, said she's sure the classes will be bigger when she's enrolled as a sixth-grader at E. Russell Hicks, and she'll make new friends.

Hannah Pickerall, 10, and her twin sister, Heather, walked into Emma K. Doub about 7:55 a.m. carrying balloons and cards for their fifth-grade teacher, Katie Cantler.

"We're giving our teacher a present for being a good teacher all year," Hannah said.

The girls said they are nervous about middle school because they probably won't be in the same classes.

"It will be a lot different because we won't be together," Heather said. "And we've been together forever."

At 8:25 a.m. Chris Mozingo, 16, Kyle Toms, 15, and William Shumaker, 15, were sitting near the entrance of South Hagerstown High School.

"I'm glad it's over," Kyle said. "I'm going home and sleeping."

He said he'll sleep until noon or later during the summer, instead of waking up at 5:30 a.m. like he did Thursday.

At 8:30 a.m., dance teacher Andrea Becker was walking through the halls of South Hagerstown High on her way to finish grading.

At 8:35 a.m. freshmen Tricia Korrell and Alissa Rickard sat in the hallway with sophomore Brandon Mauch, signing yearbooks.

Ashlee Brewer, 16, and her boyfriend, Tim Jacobson, 17, walked into school at 8:39 a.m.

Tim said he plans to work and play baseball all summer, while Ashlee said she'll take a three-week trip to Florida. The pair said they plan to see each other every day until she leaves.

At 11:20 a.m., Conococheague Elementary Principal Ryan Hench was handing Popsicles to his students during an outside picnic.

Austin Bremerman and his friend J.J. Cooper, both fourth-graders, were eating their lunches at 11:22 a.m. while sitting on the grass in the shade.

Alexa Eyes, also a fourth-grader, was sitting nearby with some friends.

"I like to say I'm in the fifth grade (already)," she said.

Alexa and Anna Myers, 10, said they went to an auction earlier in the day where they were able to trade tickets for prizes. Alexa said she turned her tickets in for orange soda, a snack pack, a Frisbee and other goodies.

Bester Elementary School first-grader Isaiah Bowens was walking home from school about 12:55 p.m. Thursday. He was holding a certificate for doing "good work," and said he was excited about summer.

"I'm going swimming," he said.

Ethan Mauk, a Bester Elementary kindergartner, was walking with his mom and siblings at 12:57 p.m., waving good-bye to his friends.

He said he'll spend the weekend in Ocean City, Md.

"I'm going to the ocean where the sharks are," he said. "I'm going to Ocean City, and I'm going to dig for treasure."

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