New faces boost enrollment

New faces boost enrollment by Ally Eckert The new school year is upon us. With the sweltering heat comes Wakonda's finest to learn and teach.

It also brings new faces. These new students increased Wakonda's K-12 total enrollment from 154 students in the 2002-2003 school year to 164 this year. Even though last year's graduates totaled 16 and this year the kindergarten class has 15 students, Wakonda has 16 new students to talk about. The new student biographies follow.

Wakonda High School

Seniors

Jeff Heier open enrolled here from Gayville. He has five siblings, Kim, 19, Scott, 15, Amelia, 13, Chris, 7, and Lexi, 5. He says that the scariest thing about starting a new school is not knowing where the bathroom is.

So far he thinks that Wakonda is "just dandy." When asked if school here was a lot different from his last school he said, "Sure."

Jason Holoch came to Wakonda from Vermillion. His mother, June Holoch, teaches kindergarten at Wakonda. He has two older siblings, Janelle and John.

He thought that the scariest thing about starting a new school was meeting new people and distance learning. The best thing though is getting to run 10 miles a day. So far he thinks Wakonda is "awesome." He said that his last school was different because he would always get lost; it was so big.

Juniors

Allen Alsdorf, or Rudy, moved here from Gayville. He has two younger siblings, Adam, 13, and Alex, 10. So far he thinks Wakonda's "not too bad."

The best thing about moving for him was a bigger house. The scariest thing about starting a new school was the teachers. He also said that Wakonda is a lot different from his last school because "people here are a lot more accepting."

Abby Eckert moved here from Nazareth, PA, and has three younger siblings, Austin, 9; Cole, 5; and Carli, 3. She thinks that the scariest thing about starting a new school is not knowing where anything is. The best thing about moving is meeting different people and being in a different place.

Her last school was very different; she had close to 350 students in her class, now there are only 16. But all in all she likes Wakonda School.

Sophomores

Melody Saffel moved here from Cape Giracleau, MO. She has a younger brother, Micheal who is 7. She thinks that Wakonda is good so far, and the best thing about moving is getting a new family. The scariest thing about starting a new school for her is not knowing anyone.

She said that Wakonda is a lot different from her last school because, "This school is extremely small compared to my last school."

Wakonda Public School

Eighth grade

Adam Alsdorf moved here from Gayville. He has two siblings, Allen, 17, and Alex, 10. He said that the scariest thing about starting a new school is new people but the best thing about moving was getting out of Gayville. So far he likes the community of Wakonda, but the school is a lot different than his last.

Kenneth Erickson moved here from Havana, IL. He has two younger siblings, Krysta, 8, and Emily, 11. He said that the scariest thing about starting a new school is making new friends and the best thing about moving is a bigger house. He thinks that Wakonda is really nice so far and that his last school was a lot different from Wakonda.

Seventh grade

Nick Wuebben moved here from Gayville. He lives with his mom and brother Coddie. The scariest thing about moving for him was not knowing where all his classrooms were. The best thing, though, was "meeting a lot of new friends."

So far he likes Wakonda and thinks it's a nice town. He said that school here isn't a lot different, just going up and down the stairs and getting to use the laboratory for science is new.

Sixth grade

Austin Westergaard transferred here from Vermillion. He has two younger brothers, Zech, 8, and Noah, 6. He said that "the best thing about moving is seeing old friends. So far he thinks Wakonda is good but it's different than his last school.

Fourth grade

Christina Devine open enrolled here from "out in the country." She has five siblings. They are Jennifer, 13; Phillip, 14; Tiffany, 6; and David and Jordan, both 7. She thinks the best thing about moving is that she can walk to the pool.

She says that Wakonda has been great but school is a lot different because she used to be home-schooled.

Austin Eckert moved here from Nazareth, PA. He has three siblings Ally, 16; Cole, 5; and Carli, 3. He said that the scariest thing about starting a new school is meeting new people.

He also thinks that the best thing about moving was moving closer to family. Austin's last school was larger than Wakonda and it was only K-4, but he had a smaller class of only 10 people. So far he thinks that Wakonda is fun.

Third grade

Krysta Erickson moved here from Havana, IL. She has two older siblings, Kenneth, 13, and Emily, 11. She said she wasn't scared about starting a new school. The best thing about moving for her was that her old town didn't have a pool and Wakonda does; because she loves to swim.

She likes Wakonda a lot so far because she can ride her bike. Her last class was slightly larger with 22 students and she rode the bus to school.

Second grade

David Devine moved to Wakonda from the country where he was home-schooled. He has four siblings, Phillip and Jenny, who are both in high school, Tiffany, 5, and Jordan, his twin brother. He thought that the scariest thing about starting a new school was that he thought a whole bunch of kids would tease him.

He thinks that Wakonda's great so far, and the best thing about moving for him is being able to walk to Derby's.

Jordan Devine moved to Wakonda from the country. He was being home schooled so being at Wakonda was very different. He has four siblings, Phillip and Jenny, both in high school, Tiffany, 5, and his twin brother David.

He thought that the scariest thing about starting a new school was the new things and new kids. The best thing about moving for him was it was his first time moving. So far he likes Wakonda.

Zechariah Westergaard open-enrolled here from the Vermillion school district. He has two brothers, Austin, sixth grade, and Noah, first grade. He said that he wasn't really scared about starting a new school. So far he thinks Wakonda is fun and never knew his cousin would be here. He also said that Wakonda school hasn't changed much since he was in preschool.

First grade

Noah Westergaard moved here from the Vermillion school. He has two older brothers, Austin, sixth grade, and Zechariah, second grade. So far he thinks Wakonda's good.

He also said that Wakonda "has a different playground" from Vermillion.

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