Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

New Year in New School ; New Harmony Students Work into Their New Classes

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

New Year in New School ; New Harmony Students Work into Their New Classes

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POSEYVILLE, Ind. - Tuesday was not only the first day of classes of Kendall Morris' senior year of high school - it was her first day in a new environment and whole new school. A Rappite since the second grade, Morris, 17, chose to attend North Posey High School when the New Harmony Town and Township School closed at the end of last school year. She said it was hard, seeing the school she had attended most of her life close, but attending North Posey has proved a positive decision.

One of the daunting aspects of attending North Posey, she said, was the size of the school compared to New Harmony.

With only about 130 students in grades K-12 at New Harmony, the sheer size of North Posey High, with its 520 students, was enough to worry Morris at first.

"So far it's been really good," Morris said. "Everyone has been very welcoming. It's not really that big where you get lost. It's comfortable."

Morris would have had about 12 students in her graduating class at New Harmony, she said, but wouldn't always have that many students in each class.

There were six to seven people in a class - compared to the 22 to 25 in North Posey classes - and it's sometimes odd seeing so many new faces, she said. "But it's a great way to meet new people. It's an awesome opportunity," Morris said.

Morris, a multisport player - who did cheerleading, softball, volleyball and basketball at New Harmony - decided to pick up three of her four sports, dropping volleyball, at North Posey. Not just because she loves the sports, but as a way to familiarize herself with her new school and friends.

"I've made so many friends through that. They were just so nice and welcoming."

She said she also has had a variety of choices for classes as well, including advanced placement and honors classes Morris said will help her in the future.

And her New Harmony friends are embarking on the new experience with her, she said, and she has gotten to spend time with her former classmates inside and outside of class. …

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