First seniors class begins school year at Heritage

As the third first day of school bell rang in the Midlothian Heritage High School halls, the campus' first senior class members were among the students waiting in their home rooms.

The class of 2017 will be the first class to graduate high school at Heritage Jaguars. The Midlothian ISD's second high school campus opened for the 2014-15 school year offering classes to all of the district's ninth grade students. In the 2015-16 school year, the campus had its own freshman, sophomore, and junior classes, but no seniors. The 2016-17 school year will be the first year the campus graduates a senior class in the solid red gowns and caps in May.

To celebrate, principal Krista Tipton and student parents put together a red carpet welcome for the arriving seniors on Monday. Students were greeted by a formal welcoming delegation, replica Oscar statues and a red carpet photo op on their way into the campus to get their homeroom assignments.

See more photos from the event here.

Many of the seniors were well aware of the weight on their shoulders to lead the campus into the future.

“We need to set an example for all the younger kids, how you should act and carry yourself as a senior,” senior class member Steven Wallace said. “There will be some things we do the younger kids will fix. It is not set in stone, but this year is important to set that standard.”

Senior class members Hoda Iskandarani pointed out the leadership role is not one the first senior class is unfamiliar with. They were last year's Heritage junior class, she said, and the most senior class on campus at the time. But this year is special.

“Now that we are the first senior group, we have to start the new traditions for the school and for all of us,” Iskandarani said.

One of those traditions her friend and fellow senior Selma Sharaf wants to continue is excellence in sports.

“I'm excited about my sports,” Sharaf said, listing off cross country, power lifting, track and soccer. “I hope we go to state this year.”

While there are many serious aspects of the senior year, this year's seniors should also set a president of enjoying life and opportunities, senior Jackson McLaughlin said.

“Just make high school fun and look at it as a good thing,” he said. “Some students like me may not be looking forward to college so make these four years the best of your life.”

Senior class member Jessica Scheer will be busy this year as president of the Student Council, National Honor Society vice president and a member of FCCLA, but plans to spend plenty of time enjoying the highlight moments.

“The school spirit, the pep rallies and the football games with the extra senior moments,” she explained.

To help make their own school experience and the high school as a whole better, Scheer encouraged her fellow class members and underclassmen to find a place to belong at Heritage.

“Get involved in your school,” she encouraged. “It is a smaller student body so there are lots of opportunities.”

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