Pictured: Alice High School Career Technology Counselor Sue Fox directed student traffic through the halls this morning before the first day of class.

Alice high students not nervous about new year

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

The first day of school is an opportunity to reconnect with friends, visit old teachers and settle into a new schedule.

Although nervousness is not uncommon on the first day of school, the students at Alice High School spent the morning laid back and unaffected by first day jitters.

"I'm not really nervous," junior Jonathan Coatney said. "I'm excited to see my friends."

Coatney is one of the leaders in the AHS AFJROTC, and said he hopes to have a good year this year.

He said more than likely, his junior year will go quickly.

Senior Jessica Gonzalez said she felt a little overwhelmed this summer, with work and AFJROTC activities keeping her busy.

As leader of the group this year, she's confident the team will have a good year, and hopes to see her last year pass by fast.

"I'm excited it's my senior year, and I want it to go by fast, but at the same time, I want to enjoy it," she said.

For Alice Coyote offensive lineman Andrew Martinez, said his goals for the new year include playoff action and the defeat of the school's archrivals, the Calallen Wildcats.

The first day of school didn't faze Martinez.

"I'm looking forward to the playoffs," the sophomore said. "That's the goal right now. I think we have a pretty good shot. Calallen is the team to beat."

Josh Paez said he is looking toward a successful year as well.

The sophomore said the basketball team is on track to really make a difference this year.

Last year, the team missed the playoffs by one game. Paez hopes to remedy that this year.

"I definitely see us improving this year. We're a fast team," he said.

Students can always be found in the band hall, even on the first day of school.

Elisa Gonzalez sped past the band teachers in her new pink sneakers, headed off to class, but did stop to say she was looking forward to the new year.

"I'm so excited. I can't wait to see all my friends," Gonzalez said. "I'm looking forward to Friday football games most, because we're going to win."

Megan Mrazek's goal is to get into National Honor Society this year, she said.

The junior said she's pretty used to the school scene after spending time at practice during summer band.

Still, she felt some excitement on her first day back, going to class and seeing old friends again, she said.