By Greg Gelpi
Although they say they felt no pressure to do so, the first senior class of Mundy's Mill High School has set the bar high for all other classes to follow.
The Mundy's Mill Class of 2005 has established a record of success, both in and out of the classroom, members of the class say.
Senior Brianna Turner, 18, says that the class had no footsteps to follow in so there was no pressure to succeed. Despite that, the school's seniors cited successes including helping the school make adequate yearly progress, first place in the state in track and second place in the region in volleyball as well as successes in band, cheerleading and other extracurricular activities.
Although Mundy's Mill opened in 2002, Turner says the senior class has made a name for the school, recalling her sophomore year when students from other counties had to ask where Mundy's Mill is located.
The school opened as a "melting pot," Quenton Davis, 18, says, describing the school that drew students from other existing Clayton County high schools to form its student body. The students were brought together like "guinea pigs."
"You're pulling all the rival schools together," Turner says.
D'Anna Chambers, 17, says that initially students remained cliquish, sitting with students from their former high schools, but as seniors students sit together as one class.
"If Mundy's Mill has anything, it's school spirit," Chambers, the school's two-time homecoming queen, says.
Davis, the school's two-time homecoming king, agrees.
"We had challenges, but it was more about how we overcame them," Davis says. "We had to jump into it and see what it was like."
And the Class of 2005 isn't doing it only for themselves, Turner says.
"It's our job to have the right frame of mind for the undergraduates," she says.
As the seniors, particularly the school's first seniors, Turner says that she and her classmates had to set an example for the underclassmen to follow.
Looking past graduation, all five have set their sights on going to college.
"Oh, we're so ready to graduate," Krystle Parker, 18, says.
Turner says that it seems like yesterday that she was shopping for school clothes and now she and her classmates stand on the eve of their graduation.
"It went by so fast," she says, but adds that "senioritis has definitely set in."
Graduation for Mundy's Mill will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tara Stadium, 1055 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. In the case of inclement weather, graduation will be held at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro.