Centerville High School students weren’t exactly united in their enthusiasm for starting school on Wednesday, but more were positive than negative.
Of the 19 students interviewed before school started, 10 supported the mid-August start. Six were not happy to be there and three were neutral, seeing pluses and minuses.
Freshman Bradley Ford thinks it’s “a little early” for school, but the tradeoff of going on winter break after completing the first semester is key.
“I’m actually glad about it that way,” he said. “My brother goes here, too. He’s a junior, and he had to study all winter break his freshman year, and last year they switched it. That way people actually have a winter break.”
Here is what some other students had to say:
Julia White, sophomore: “Honestly, I get really bored at home. I’m working out, I’m lifting weights and I’m reading, and doing all this stuff, like laundry and cleaning every day. I only go out with my friends on the weekend.
“I only row in the fall and winter and spring, so I’m just kind of sitting around in the house. So it’s nice to get back to school. I mean, I like school. I’m taking new classes this year. I’m really excited.”
Natalie Rodgers, sophomore: “It’s a little hard, but, I mean, I’m kind of excited to see all my friends again. I kind of wish we still had summer, but it’s still OK at the same time.”
Brianna Zachary, freshman: “I feel very happy, and nervous. Because, you know, it’s high school. I mean, I like school, so …”
Kirsten Raynor, sophomore: “I don’t appreciate it. I was excited about it the whole summer, and now I’m not excited about it at all. Mostly because of the classes I’m taking. I picked the wrong ones.”
Clark Ramsey, freshman: “I wish it was a tad later. It’s kind of rushing things, I think.”
But he likes the winter break advantage: “Yeah, because I don’t like stress in the holiday.”
Tanvir Kaler, junior: “I think it’s better because we get off school earlier. You get off earlier and there’s more time to look for jobs.
“I like it because over our winter break we usually go on vacation, and I rarely study over break. It’s much harder. I try to study, but it’s really hard.”
Weston Minnich, sophomore: “I kind of wish I had more summer. But we get out earlier so it’s not that big of a deal.”
And she likes the first-semester timing.
“I like that a lot more, because then you don’t have to study over Christmas break. You get to relax, and you’re all done with things.”
Robbie Hickey, sophomore: “I’d rather it be like two weeks later. It feels like summer got cut a little short. But it seems like most schools are starting to go to school now.”
His cousins in California are on a year-round schedule, and they like it, he said. But it’s there sunny all year. That’s not the case in Ohio.
“When it’s sunny out you want to be outside, but you’re in school. I’d rather have school start in September rather than get out in May.”
Lexy Harris, freshman: “I think it should be illegal to go to school this early.”