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New year, new school for Aplington-Parkersburg students

by Danielle Wagner

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) Welcoming A-P High School students at a morning assembly Monday, principal Dave Meyer acknowledged the difficulty of the last 15 months: losing a school and coach and mentor Ed Thomas.

"I asked them to use that Falcon pride, that integrity, and character they've built over the last 15 months to start building memories in this building," said Dave Meyer. 

Instead of just freshman, all the students were finding their way around the new, larger building.

"What I noticed in my time with them last week and during orientation. they were pretty excited about getting back to school this year," said Meyer.

Despite three schools in three years, A-P seniors said the experience brought everyone closer.

"Everything happens for a reason. We're obviously here because we're supposed to be," said student Ann Marie Flanigan.

"It'll take time to get back to normal and stuff. Our school's not done yet. There's construction going on, but it'll slowly keep going forward." said student Jimmy Clark. 

The gym, auditorium and weight room should be finished in late October or early November. Principal Meyer hopes by the end of the first semester, it will be school as usual.

"I think adversity in lives builds character, and they sure have had their share over the last 15 months. But give them credit. I think that's true of Iowans, they got back up," said Meyer.

"I don't know too many schools that have been through what we have. iId say we're definitely stronger," said Flanigan.

Stronger and filled with even more Falcon pride.

Principal Meyer noted it was definitely different not having Coach Ed Thomas there for the first day of school. Meyer said they've got another Thomas in the school this year... coach's son, Aaron Thomas, who has the same integrity and character as his father. Aaron was named the new athletic director.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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