29,000 students head back to school in Houston County


HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students in Houston County went back to school on Wednesday.

“I’ve already cried this morning at 6:30. It’s too early for anybody to be crying,” says Anna Claire Brown who is a senior at Veterans High School.

It’s a new chapter for freshmen and the last first day of high school for seniors.

Anna adds, “I’m glad to be here and be back with all the things that make me so happy that I’ve missed over the summer but it’s definitely bitter sweet because you’re thinking about all these things that aren’t going to get to happen again.”

Veterans High School provides learning to almost 1700 students. Principal Chris Brown says he welcomes all students with open arms and wants his freshmen to know his dedicated team of educators are always willing to help.

“Starting with a positive relationship with an adult where they feel comfortable, somebody they can go to that will advocate for them and show them the way, is what we want to focus on with our freshmen these first two days of school,” he explains.

Brown says the level of excitement he has seen so far, reassures him the family-oriented environment is better than ever before.

“When you don’t see a family member for two months and the first time you see them it’s exciting. So, there’s been a lot of hugs and high fives and a lot of excitement this morning,” he adds..

The seniors wore crowns. Some say it’s a symbol of hard work and dedication.

Senior Trevor Johnson says, “With college becoming more important now a days, there’s people that don’t make it their senior year. People tend to forget that. But, it’s just a reminder that you made it. And then it’s also to show other people that this is something to look forward to, so don’t give up because you can get here if you just continue to push yourself.”

Veterans High opened in 2010 with a total of 850 students. Principal Brown says over the years, the numbers have increased and he’s excited to be the school’s leader for the last 3 years.








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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!