Students reunite with friends on first day of school

Students armed with new backpacks filled with school supplies, chatted with friends in the Mt. Eccles Elementary School lobby and cafeteria before the start of the first day of classes in Cordova on Aug. 22. Principle Gayle Groff meandered through the crowd of parents and children, to welcome them all, and the weather cooperated, with the rain subsiding as parents and grandparents took first day of school photos of the youngsters. Below are words of advice and shared excitement from a few Mt. Eccles students.

Evie Mills, 7

Grade: Second

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Evie, wearing a shirt that reads, “Future Leader”, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School before her first day of second grade. Evie is most excited about “getting to go into second grade”. “She’s been talking about it for a while,” said her dad, Bryan Mills, who sat at a table behind Evie as she ate breakfast at the school.

Genevieve Nothstine, 6, Thomas Nothstine, 11, Victoria Nothstine, 9, Isabelle Nothstine, 9

Grade: First, Sixth, and Fourth

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(From left) Four members of the Nothstine family — Genevieve, 6, Thomas, 11, Victoria, 9, and Isabelle, 9 — wait outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School before the first day of school in Cordova on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Victoria is excited for the new activities she gets to do in fourth grade and her new teacher. “I really wanted Mrs. Jones…,” she said of fourth grade teacher Pam Jones. Thomas’ advice for his younger sisters is to “listen”.

Lorelai Botz, 5, and Adelaide Botz, 9

Grade: Kindergarten and Fourth

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Lorelai, 5, and Adelaide, 9, are with their dad outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Lorelai is excited to make a lot of friends in kindergarten while Adelaide is most excited about being assigned more reports in the fourth grade and moving into the letter-grading system. Her advice for her sister: “To listen. A lot.”

Daveen and Cayden Allison, 5

Grade: Kindergarten

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Five-year-olds Daveen and Cayden hug outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School before their first day of kindergarten. They are most excited about seeing friends; some of whom waved to Daveen as she stood outside the school. Once family photos were taken, she and Cayden bolted for the entrance in excitement.

“Ready or not, preschool here we come!”

Harbor Ammerman, 4

Grade: Pre-school

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Harbor, 4, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School before starting pre-school. Harbor, who is new to Cordova, is excited about meeting new friends in pre-school. “Ready or not, preschool here we come!” sang her mom, Kayti Ammerman. Harbor jumped as they walked into Mt. Eccles after taking photos outside the school.

Lucas Hoock, 5

Grade: Kindergarten

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Lucas, 5, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School before the first day of school in Cordova.

Addison Graves, 6

Grade: First

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Addison, 6, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School on the first day of school. Addison, who wore a bright yellow and pink (her favorite color) rain jacket, is most excited about making new friends in the first grade.

Jerilynn Gasmen, 6

Grade: First

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Jerilynn, 6, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School on her birthday and her first day of first grade.

Micah Brody Pettit Carlson, 5

Grade: Kindergarten

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Micah, 5, stands outside of Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Micah’s grandfather waited outside of Mt. Eccles for his arrival; as soon as Micah arrived, he began snapping photos on his phone. Micah is most excited about playing with his friends in kindergarten.

 

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.