Knox students get help transitioning to middle, high school

Knox students get help transitioning to middle, high school

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The orientations are made to help ease the apprehension of entering a new school for the first time. The orientations are made to help ease the apprehension of entering a new school for the first time.
"I'm nervous because I don't really want to go to high school, but I know I have to," Lanyah Outsey said. "I'm nervous because I don't really want to go to high school, but I know I have to," Lanyah Outsey said.
"This is a big milestone for most parents for their kids to be going off to high school," Felecia Outsey-Pettway said. "This is a big milestone for most parents for their kids to be going off to high school," Felecia Outsey-Pettway said.
"It's so hard, and it gets harder and harder every year," said Jaylan Rorax. "It's so hard, and it gets harder and harder every year," said Jaylan Rorax.
"I want an education to go to college," said Raven Brabson. "I want an education to go to college," said Raven Brabson.

 By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County students entering the sixth and ninth grade were introduced Friday to their new schools.

The orientations are made to help ease the apprehension of entering a new school for the first time.

Student after student admitted to 6 News of being nervous or scared.

"I'm nervous because I don't really want to go to high school, but I know I have to," Austin-East Magnet High School freshman Lanyah Outsey said.

Raven Brabson is another freshman at Austin-East. She is not only entering a new building this school year, she was performing on her first day.

"I'm going to be cheerleading for the 9th grade orientation," said Brabson.

Jaylan Rorax is the captain of the cheering squad. She is also one of the seniors assisting the freshman for orientation.

"It's where all of our upcoming freshman come in, and we just show them around the school and help them get to know things better so when they come on Monday they won't be so lost," said Rorax.

Felecia Outsey-Pettway attended Friday's orientation with her daughter. She wants to know what to expect as a parent. She admits seeing her baby grow up is difficult.

"I'm about to cry. No, I'm actually excited for her. This is a big milestone for most parents for their kids to be going off to high school," Outsey-Pettway said.

While many of the new freshmen may be excited about extra-curricular activities or meeting new friends, parents and seniors assisting with the orientations says the students need to focus on school work.

"Basically keep their head in the books, it's no game at all. Once they come in as a freshman they need to keep that focus. It's so hard, and it gets harder and harder every year," said Rorax.

Working on her education is what Raven Brabson is planning to do.

"I want good grades and I want to be better. I want an education to go to college," said Brabson.

Classes officially start on Monday for Knox County Schools. It will be a half-day session.

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