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Back to the Books for Menard

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Students across Central Louisiana are sharpening their pencils, pulling out their notebooks and heading back into the classroom this week.

On Monday, Avoyelles, Concordia and St. Landry Parish students returned to school. And, here in Rapides Parish, Holy Savior Menard Central High School went back as well.

News Channel Five's, Brooke Buford, caught up with some senior students Monday to hear the story of their final year at the school.

It's that time of year again. On Monday, nearly 500 7th through 12th graders at Holy Savior Menard Central High School returned to the classroom for the new school year.

"I think you're a little more nervous on the first day of school," said Jaime Wright, a senior. "Last day of school, you're just really excited about everything and summer coming up and everything, vacations and stuff. First day of school, it's kind of mixed feelings."

For Wright and Andrew Lemoine, two seniors at Menard, going back to school this year is also bittersweet.

"Ready to get senior year done with, move on to college and sort of get to explore the world and learn new fields of study past your simple math and science and English," said Lemoine.

The new school season isn't just exciting for students.

"It already feels almost like we never left," said Joel Desselle, principal at Menard. "The kids got here and we start seeing them all again and it's like wow, we were just here the other day."

It's also time to see months of preparation fall into place for teachers.

"There are many things to get ready as far as scheduling, teacher assignments, class sizes, duty assignments for teachers," Desselle said.

This year promises to be an exciting one for these senior students when they'll see months of college preparation draw near day by day until graduation.

"The fact that school has just flow by these past five years and it has been exciting every year and now it's kind of, everyone is going to be going their different ways at Menard," said Wright. "It's just kind of sad to see everyone going to be heading off soon. But, exciting at the same time."

Tuesday, Winn Parish Schools go back and on Wednesday, Rapides and Evangeline Parish Schools will return.

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