Looking for the right color of lipstick and her favorite glitter foundation, Lizzie Hendricks, 15, was busy getting ready for her first day at Brainerd High School.
Hendricks and her family moved to Brainerd in July. She said she had the first day of school jitters, especially since she is a new student. But she said she is used to it.
Hendricks and her younger sister, Joyce Hendricks, 13, have been to several different schools in their life -- Lizzie has been to at least seven.
Their father, Doug Hendricks, is in the military so they have lived in North and South Carolina, Kansas, California and Japan. The Hendricks most recently lived in Alexandria, Va., before moving to Brainerd.
Joyce Hendricks acknowledged her name during roll call in Franklin's Robert Bjorge algebra class Tuesday morning. (Dispatch Photo by Steve Kohls)
The family moved to Brainerd after Doug Hendricks retired. He is originally from the area. The Hendricks children attended the public school in Virginia for two years. The family plans to remain in Brainerd at least until the children complete school.
Lizzie and Joyce were not too nervous today. Both of them tried out late this summer for the soccer team, which gave them the opportunity to meet other students.
"I am excited about it (school)," said Lizzie, as she was eating breakfast. "I feel comfortable since I have already met some people."
However, Lizzie, a sophomore, said going to a new school never gets easier for her.
Sisters Lizzie (right) and Joyce Hendricks packed their lunch before school today. They packed a sandwich, grapes and a bag of chips. (Dispatch Photo by Jennifer Stockinger)
"It's hard to meet new people," she said. "It's the first initial step that is nerve-wracking."
The girls picked out their clothing attire Monday night. They said it didn't take too long as they knew what they wanted to wear. They knew exactly what they wanted to wear today.
This morning the girls crawled out of bed at 5:45 a.m. After showering and getting dressed, they ate fresh, warm cinnamon rolls at the kitchen table.
At 7:30 a.m. the girls walked to the end of their driveway and waited for bus No. 80 to come. They shivered while they waited outside, since they did not have jackets on, until the bus came around 7:43 a.m.
When they stepped onto the bus, the bus driver instructed them to wait for the flashing signal sign before crossing the road. They nodded as they sat in the second seat from the front. The bus took them to the parking lot at the Brainerd Area Civic Center. There they waited some more.
"I am getting bored," said Lizzie while waiting on the bus. Joyce, an eighth-grader, said she was getting anxious to start the day.
Ten minutes later, the girls and the rest of the students on the bus, received the sign to get off the bus. Lizzie had to switch to bus No. 63 to go to the high school and Joyce needed to find bus No. 78 to go to Franklin Junior High. After fighting the crowd, they found their buses, got in line and were ready to go to school.
Joyce knew where her locker as a result of visiting the school during the open house. She missed it the first time around and took about five steps to her left and found it with a sigh of relief. She threw her lunch and backpack in the locker, grabbed her navy blue five-star binder filled with school supplies and then was off to her first class.
She had to find room No. 103 with Robert Bjorge teaching algebra. She sat and listened to the rules of the course and received an agenda from the teacher. Then at 9:20 a.m. she was off to her next class, art with teacher Lea Anderson.
"I'm not too artistic," said Joyce about the class. "But hopefully it will be OK."
As Joyce walked through the hallways, she said it was not as crowded as Virginia. She found the art class right away.
Joyce will complete her first day of school with classes in honors English, geography and home economics.
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