Admirals Launch includes diverse return reactions

Admirals Launch, Farragut High School’s annual student orientation day, featured lots of positive, yet diverse, reactions to the 2021-22 school year among upperclassmen.

With an enrollment expected to be around 2,125 according to principal Dr. John Bartlett, “It’s going to be a good year,” Will Mather, a senior and Student Government Association president, said during the Thursday, Aug. 5, orientation.

Mather added he is looking forward to “seeing everybody back at school.”

Senior Selom Bediako said she excited to be going from virtual to in-person learning, but added, “I’m a little nervous because of COVID.”

Bediako also said she is excited to be with friends and go to prom and graduation.

In addition to having their school photos made, students also picked up their Chrome Books and parking passes, had devices checked in and learned more about clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities at various booths.

“I am really excited to see people again, and I know the teachers have been working hard to make sure that this year is going to be a good one,” senior Rena Liu said.

“I’m ready for (school),” senior Christian Graves said. “It was a long summer working (at Southeast Oral Surgery as a tray tech). I’m ready to come back and have a fun senior year.”

“I’m really looking forward to football games,” said Tom Ray, a junior who himself is an athlete — taking part in track and field again this year.

“I’m trying to break five minutes in a mile,” he added.

“I’m so excited,” said Reagan Massengill, a junior and SGA member. “I love Farragut Admirals so much. I’m looking forward to the football games, taking a lot of different classes.”