Seniors rule, freshmen start over |

Seniors rule, freshmen start over

J.K. Perry
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyA group of Battle Mountain Freshman walk down front stairs of their new school. On the other end are the seniors, who can already see the end of their high school careers.

EAGLE-VAIL ” Freshman shuffle nervously through the halls, fumbling with their locker combinations and class schedules while ruling seniors confidently stride to class and the future.

The classrooms fill with 251 Battle Mountain High School freshman, mostly from four area middle schools. The 165 seniors this year watch from above.

A year ago, freshman Tommy Crisofulli ruled the eighth grade. “It feels pretty crappy (now), when in eighth grade you were on top,” Crisofulli said.

His junior brother can help with protection and getting used to the new school, so that calms Crisofulli’s nerves. He’s not yet making any plans for college or a job after high school, so in the meantime he envisions playing soccer and running cross country and track.

Four years ahead, fellow Husky Kayleen Seaton is close to Cornell University and dreams of medical school. For now, she awaits prom, homecoming and an improved Huskies football team while reveling in having reached the pinnacle of the high-school food chain.

“It’s definitely exciting, because I’ve waited so long to get to the top,” Seaton said.

Back at the bottom, freshman Ariel Pankey is nervous about new faces and a strange school. She has devised a plan to cope with life at Battle Mountain.

“Stay out of the upperclassmen’s way but don’t be invisible,” she said. Pankey said she hopes to separate herself by dressing differently while remaining cordial and getting to know people.

Student body president Rebecca Richardson is taking a leadership class with other student government types to improve pep rallies and dances, she said.

“It’s exciting to go back to school this year because I know it’s almost done,”

Richardson said.

Reaching seniority means Richardson can grab lunch at the Avon Bakery or coffee at Starbucks. The perk comes with some responsibility ” her friends will want something, too.

“They give you extra cash so you can go pick stuff up,” Richardson said.

Richardson intends to major in acting or maybe journalism in Massachusetts or California.

Caitlin Cerra brags about majoring in international business at Claremont McKenna College in California to her younger sister, who’s stuck in the valley.

“I annoy her with my senior talk,” Cerra said.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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