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Fresh faces aplenty at Waynesboro Area Senior High School

August 26, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School Principal Steve Pappas and Assistant Principal Diane McCallum look over the school's cafeteria Monday, the first day of classes for 2013-14.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The new faces at Waynesboro Area Senior High School on Monday were not just the freshmen.

The school, which started classes Monday for the 2013-14 school year, has 11 new teachers, as well as a new principal and assistant principal.

“Things seem to be going well,” Principal Steve Pappas said at lunchtime.

Pappas, who is moving from York, Pa., said he appreciated hearing feedback from staff members who have been with the school district longer.

He said that feedback about the start of school was positive, with the guidance office reporting fewer-than-average scheduling glitches.

Natalie Buhrman, a junior, served as a guide in the “B2I” or “Braves to Indians” program to help 360 incoming freshmen with the transition to high school.

“I remember being really nervous (as a freshman). It was a big change,” Natalie said.

New students mostly asked about where there classes were, she said.

Chelsea Cover said she had some of the same concerns as other ninth-graders.

“I was nervous about getting lost and finding my classes,” she said.

Still, she said she is looking forward to high school as an opportunity to meet new people.

Fellow freshman Katie Wise was surprised by the size of some classes. Still, she said the school’s new “teams” setup for freshmen meant she was seeing the same people from middle school.

Sidney Calhoun, a sophomore, sat with Katie and Chelsea at lunch. Starting school as a sophomore felt different from the previous year, she said.

“I actually felt kind of confident going into school because I know my way around,” she said.

Sidney will be taking journalism, Spanish and video game design classes as electives this year.

Junior Tyler Kretzer said he is excited to study sports and entertainment marketing.

He is returning to Waynesboro after being away for a year, and friend David Brook was happy to see him again.

David, who also is in 11th grade, is looking forward to school and its activities.

Tyler offered some advice to freshmen: “Pay attention in class and actually do your work.”

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