Thursday, August 7, 2014
The line for Waccamaw High Schools first day of registration began to form in the wee hours of the morning on July 30.
The cross country team had not even finished its 6:30 a.m. practice, before the first students began to line up outside the front doors of the school. “I am pretty sure I was in line just before 6:50,” stated senior Maddy Crowe, “And I am the first one in line.” Crowe had a bit of a wait, the doors to the school did not officially open until 9 a.m.
Senior Jackson Stacey, a member of the WHS cross country team, thought he would be one of the first in line for sure, but much to his surprise, a group of girls beat the top Waccamaw runner to the finish line.
“We had cross country practice at 6:30, so I was pretty sure I would be one of the first ones in line, but these girls beat me to it.”
You might think from all this eagerness to register for school, that Waccamaw’s 2014-2015 class is a group of over achievers. They may be, but on July 30, the biggest achievement on their minds was snagging one of the coveted senior parking spaces.
Assistant Principal Tracy McCants explained that the administration had made a few changes in the registration process, and at the top of the list of changes was parking permits.
“After our students got their parking permits last year, they seemed to forget about the other important paperwork,” McCants explained, “So this year we set up a lottery system, and it seemed to work out pretty well.” From the looks of the long parking permit line, things worked out much better for the administration than it did for students.
McCants praised teachers like Julieanne Humowitz for helping out with registration during their summer break.
Humowitz was pleased with how smoothly everything seemed to be going. “We really worked hard to make this go as smoothly and painlessly as possible, and it looks like we have succeeded.” Humowitz commented.
Other students were not as concerned about the location of their parking spaces as they were making sure their schedules were correct. “I’m excited about taking Algebra II and I just want to make sure they put it on my schedule.” Aleeyah Smalls relayed. Smalls was looking forward to signing up for the Key Club as well.
Jackson Clemmons was the first freshman in line to register. He took a deep breath and started toward the registration table with his father and his father’s check book by his side.
Senorita Leann Aguilar was waiting for Jackson with his schedule and big smile to help him get through the morning. “Don’t be nervous, “Aguilar encouraged, “You will be fine.”
Before he knows it, Jackson will be one of those seniors lining up at the crack of dawn for a “perfect” parking space.