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Joplin underclassmen overcome obstacles in new-old building

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While the media attention hasn't necessarily been on the freshman and sophomores of Joplin High School in the last year students say they don't mind.

They were placed in the Memorial Middle School after the tornado and students say morale has been good for the circumstances.

Club meetings have had to be Skyped and friends are on both campuses.  But those students are also looking forward to moving to the Northpark Mall campus, as their time comes.

For sophomore Chrissy Miranda and Freshman Class President Rylee Hartwell the school year has been quite different after being eager to be in the same building with all the juniors and seniors.

"It has been hard, just at the beginning of the year, just number one - adjusting to high school, and getting all in a new building," says Hartwell.  "But after that, I think when we all found our way, because this is not really the largest of schools, it really was easy for everybody."

Both Hartwell and Niranda are in extra-curricular activities, another obstacle they had to overcome.

"Because we're all separated and most of those are supposed to be a group effort, we do feel a lot separated over here from the upper classmen," says Miranda.  "Some might say they are more privileged, which they are because they are upper classmen, but because they get the new school and we get this."

Though the upperclasses are privileged with the mall campus, they say having a building is a blessing and gives them something to look forward to entering.

"The new school is all technology and now that we've got our computers and that we've adjusted to reading on computers, which can be hard, I feel like we are ready to go to the new high tech school," says Miranda.

And though that move is exciting, the seniority phases have changed, which has also changed the outlook for students.

"We have to grow up a little bit more because next year they will be the upper classmen of this school, so they will be the head to the new freshmen," says Miranda.

"Really, just lead by example, and for them to be able to have a good group of sophomores to look up to, because we may not think it and the sophomores may not think it but they are looked up to," says Hartwell.

Hartwell says the experience he's had throughout his freshman year will carry him through life.

He says one word that has stuck with him is 'resilience.'

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