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Albion High Students Start First Day Of School At Marshall High

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Marshall High School in Calhoun County added at least 150 former Albion High School students on the first day of school. That's because declining enrollment in Albion forced school board officials to close the high school at the end of the last school year.  

Marshall finished last year with 700 students, according to Marshall High School principal Dan Luciani, and started this year with 850 students.

"Instead of declining enrollment, both communities get to experience growth and new perspectives," Marshall said. "It's been a fun experience." 

Former Albion High School student Jerome Washington says he felt nervous to start his senior year at a new and far bigger school. That is until he got there. 

"It felt better when you saw people from Albion coming in, you started to calm down," Washington said. 

Another former Albion student Amber Mulkey says she's never heard of teens changing school for their senior year, but it's turning out better than she thought it would. 

"I was really nervous, but I'm better now," Mulkey said she actually likes Marshall more than she thought she would.  

"It's pretty cool," she said. 

Luciani says 140 Albion students registered to attend Marshall, but roughly 160 showed up for classes. And he says It will take a few days to iron out the exact numbers and finalize classroom sizes. But as for the students, Luciani says the first day of school was a success. 

"If we let them get along and guide them through any trouble or any questions, they're going to show us a glimpse of the future and how to get along," Luciani said.

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