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For Farragut High School students, Thursday was a day of pure “insanity.”

The Aug. 5 Summer Insanity, which is typically held one week before the school year begins, is a time set-aside for students to regroup and get organized for the new school year.

The primary activities that students completed during Summer Insanity were having picture IDs made, picking up fall schedules, selecting a locker and making any necessary schedule changes with their grade level counselor.

Students were assigned specific times depending upon their grade level. Senior were the first to arrive from 1 to 2 p.m. and freshman ended the day arriving at 4.

Many other activities took place during Summer Insanity; one of them being the purchase of parking passes by senior students.

Mike Carroll, assistant principal at FHS, was helping at the parking pass table, making sure that only seniors were purchasing the passes.

“We have 698 parking spaces for the students initially,” Carroll said. “After the football season ends and the band doesn’t need the junior parking lot, then 130 more spaces become available.”

Carroll said that he needs the help of the parents to make sure that the rules are followed.

“I am asking the parents to not let their junior students drive to school until the junior lot becomes available.” Carroll also noted that sophomores are not permitted to drive on campus. Farragut Middle School allows FHS students to park in their lot, but Carroll said the middle school handles those passes and how they are distributed.

Sean Stewart, a senior at FHS, bought his parking pass during the week of July 26. “I’ve got mine already, so I am just standing in line to pay my senior fees,” he said. Stewart said the lines were a little long, which was “kind of a pain” but said that he was enjoying seeing some old friends again.

Students were also able to join the many clubs that FHS offers and pay club dues. One of the largest clubs at the school is the Navy Junior ROTC.

Captain Dennis Worley has been in charge of the FHS/NJROTC for the past eight years, but will be vacating his position in January to become a full time pastor.

“I look at this job as a ministry as well, but I am going to continue my passion and minister on a on a full-time basis.” Worley said that he is unsure who will be filling his vacated position.

Some of the other clubs that FHS makes available to the students are, community service organizations such as Y-Teens and Optimist Club, sports clubs, such as cross country and softball, as well as student government and chorus.

Students were also able to pick up information about purchasing a 2004-2005 yearbook. New students and incoming freshman were encouraged to take a tour of the school, and bus information was made available.

Members of the FHS Education Foundation were on hand to answer questions and collect money donated to benefit the foundation. The Education Foundation was created several years ago to help address the needs of the high school (see farragutpress Aug. 8 issue).

Laura Sellers, wife of Foundation president Mike Sellers, said that some parents were making donations. “It is important for parents, students, administration and the community to continue to support this school and address the academic and technological needs as well as the individual needs of all of the departments,” Laura Sellers said.

New FHS principal Mike Reynolds was at the school during Summer Insanity, but was interviewing perspective teachers.

“Mr. Reynolds has really hit the ground running,” said Mike Sellers about the effort the new principal has made to improve the condition of the high school.

Parents and students alike were using the recently completed seating wall located around the flagpole outside of the commons and many commented on how smoothly that the Summer Insanity process was conducted.


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