With the construction of the new addition on Rolla High School completed, the administration, teachers and students will welcome a first-time freshman class this month for the 20116-2017 school year. Our contributing reporter, Jesse Liu, interviewed four incoming freshmen and asked them about their expectations.

Editor’s note: With the construction of the new addition on Rolla High School completed, the administration, teachers and students will welcome a first-time freshman class this month for the 20116-2017 school year. Our contributing reporter, Jesse Liu, interviewed four incoming freshmen and asked them about their expectations. Liu graduated Rolla High School in 2016 and has been a research assistant in the Missouri S&T Chemistry Department. He also worked on gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster’s campaign for governor in the 2016 election. He will be attending the University of Pennsylvania this fall.


Freshman Jill Launis
RDN: What are you most excited about for your freshman year?
The thing I am most excited about this year is the potential for new experiences. I hope that freshman year will be eye opening in senses that I cannot yet expect. There are so many things that we still need to learn about life and the world, I anticipate that this year will be the start to a new understanding for many of us.

RDN: What are you most anxious about facing your freshman year?
I am most anxious  about the differences this year will bring. Although many people have given advice about the upcoming year, the incoming freshmen will not truly know what high school will bring until we have experienced it ourselves.

RDN: What are your goals for your freshman year?
This year I am setting my goals on not only obtaining excellent grades, but on taking the most I can out of all the classes I will be taking this year. My long term goal for high school is to leave with not only a full education, but to have also obtained an understanding of the world I will be venturing out into.

RDN: How does it feel to be the first freshman class to be at the Rolla Senior High School?
I am very glad to be a part of the first freshman class to be in Rolla Senior High school. I think it will allow us to have more opportunities to grow as people  and will help to set examples of what we could be in two to three years.

RDN: What do you expect from the the high school your first year?
I truthfully do not know what to expect for my first year of high school. There are so many assumptions that I could make, however, no matter the circumstances, I think this year will be amazing in many unknown ways.

RDN: What activities are you looking forward to being available at the high school?
 This year I am really looking forward to some of the more  challenging classes that were offered to us. I believe that these rigorous classes will help to further me in many areas. I am also looking forward to many of the new sports being offered to us. I plan on participating in track and field along with many other things.


Freshman Kyle McCutcheon

RDN: What are you most excited about for your freshman year?
The thing I'm most excited for in my freshman year is having more variety of classes to take.

RDN: What are you most anxious about for your freshman year?
I'm most anxious about not knowing which classes to take.

RDN: What are your goals for your freshman year?
My goal for my freshman year is to get a 4.0 GPA within both terms.

RDN: How does it feel to be the first freshman class to be at the Rolla Senior High School?
Being the first freshman class makes me feel special/unique in a way.

RDN: What do you expect from the the high school your first year?
I expect from the high school to make figuring out where all of our classes are convenient.

RDN: What activities are you looking forward to being available at the high school?
Activities I'm looking forward to are a variety of different clubs and sports.

Freshman Sam Insall

RDN: What are you most excited about for your freshman year?
For my freshman year i am very excited for being on drum line and being at the High school with my peers.

RDN: What are you most anxious for your freshman year?
 I am most  anxious for my many classes.

RDN: What are your goals for your freshman year?
My goals for the freshman year are to maintain a 4.0 GPA, to do a good job on SAT/ACT's which I will be taking for the first time and to achieve above the high standards I have set for myself.

RDN: How does it feel to be the first freshman class to be at the

Rolla Senior High School?
I feel honored to be the first freshman class in the High school.

RDN: What do you expect from the the high school your first year?
I expect the High school to give me the basic tools I need to get through my four years there with good grades, as well as to give me the challenge I need to improve myself.

RDN: What activities are you looking forward to being available at the high school?
I am looking forward to my time in band and the after school games, clubs etc.

Freshman Gigi Huber
RDN: What are you most excited about for your freshman year?
 I am most excited to meet new people this year. As you know, students from several other middle and junior high schools attend Rolla for high school, along with the students who have gone through the Rolla Public School system. I just think the opportunity to meet new and interesting people is the thing that excites me most.
-What are you most anxious about for your freshman year?
I am most anxious about things changing in high school. I am particularly worried about my friends and personal relationships, because I've heard that everything changes in high school. I know that's cliché, but I can't help worrying that there's some truth behind it.

RDN: What are your goals for your freshman year?
My goals as a rising freshman are to stay on top of my schoolwork, however I will be the first to admit that school is important; but it is not more important than mental heath. It's not more important than being there for your friends and people who need you. I would stay up with my friend if she were upset, even if it meant failing a quiz the next day. I would spend the evening with my brother if he missed me, even if it meant missing a few hours of time I could spend studying. I guess what I'm trying to say is that school is important, and one of my goals is stay on top of it. But a goal that runs as a deeper and higher priority of mine is not missing out on life because I'm too busy studying for some biology test. I won't remember a math test in ten years, but I will remember what kind of person I was, where my priorities lied, and what my peers thought of me.

RDN: How does it feel to be the first freshmen class to be at the Rolla Senior High School?
I think being the first freshman class in the high school is one of those things you're supposed to feel something about. After all, it comes up in conversation all the time, but honestly, I could be in the first freshman class or the 56th and it would feel the same to me.
 

RDN: What do you expect from the the high school your first year?
This was the most difficult question for me, because I don't often think about what I expect. Perhaps subconsciously, we all have expectations, but I haven't developed any for the high school. I guess it's a big step in my life--it feels like the end of an era, but I have no specific expectations yet.

RDN: What activities are you looking forward to being available at the high school?
I am most eager to be a part of the school paper. I have known upperclassmen who have been a part of ECHO, and I have wanted to be a journalist for as long as I have known what it was. I think the school paper would give me a taste of what I want to do with my life, and that is very exciting.