Williston's new high school opens for first day

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WILLISTON, N.D. - After months of construction, Williston's new high school opened this morning.

For freshmen coming to high school for the first time, it can be a little daunting.

"I thought 'am I in the right place? There's a lot of older people," said Justin Palmer, freshman.

Wednesday, it was almost like everyone was a freshman again as students entered the new high school for the first time.

"Just everything is, like I said, everybody's eyes are wide open because it's so new, and we just haven't seen something like this in quite a while," said James Klein, math teacher.

The first half of the day was spent getting oriented in their new space and going over new procedures and expectations for the building. Then students were treated to a barbecue lunch.

"But that's what this day is for. It's a great orientation-type day, get everybody acclimated to the new school year and find their way," said Klein.

And the team effort it took to make it all happen isn't lost on some.

"We wouldn't be here today without our students, the parents of our students and the community all coming together to support us in our dream. And now we're in our new home, and we can't wait to show it off to everyone," said Whitney Miller, WHS administration.

With a state-of-the-art facility, teachers are hopeful that students will be able to do more than ever before.

"There's going to be a lot more options and a lot more support to help me help myself, so I think it's going to help a lot," said Palmer.

With around a thousand enrolled students, there are endless opportunities.

And while school is now in session, the theater and Career and Technical Education Building still need some time to put on those finishing touches.