You can count them on one hand: Scott Miller, Danette Johnson, Sandy Frank, Tommi McLaughlin and Skyler Thiel.
They've grown up together in this small town. They know each other's class schedules, who is the best in physics and who is not a morning person. And just like every graduating class before them, they also know that at the end of this year, they will part ways. The difference is that this time, there will not be a class to follow.
There are no tears about the fact that the school is closing; they have more immediate worries: an upcoming test, prom, applying for college.
But when the students pause for a moment during the day, they think about the future of Isabel, what will happen to their younger siblings, and they reminisce a little about the time that has passed in these hallways.
“It's pretty depressing,” Johnson said. “It's been a really great school. It's friendly. It's safe. You know everybody. It's pretty sheltered.”
Johnson will attend Black Hills State University next year to major in elementary education. She is hoping to teach at a school this small someday.
“It's more close-knit,” she said.
During a free hour, the students organize boxes of chocolate and fruit they sold to raise money for their senior class trip in the spring, a tradition for Isabel's senior classes.
The students chose Los Angeles for the sun, the roller coasters and the big city — all the things they don't have here.
“Some of them have never flown before,” said senior class advisor Cheryl Boldt, “so it should be interesting.”
The trip is a lot different than her 1972 senior class trip from Isabel. “We took a bus trip to the Black Hills with our principal for three days,” she said, laughing.
She isn't worried about these students — not in Los Angeles, not in their future endeavors.
“They have a lot going for them, and I'm sure they'll stick to their goals,” she said.
The students talk more about their graduation celebrations in May than they do the closing of the school, but there is always room for nostalgia.
Miller is particularly proud of a banner he ordered and stretched above their five lockers. In bold letters it says: “Last in line — Class of 2009.”
Rapid City Journal
Und auch hier wieder... ich kenn die alle... das ist meine Klasse... damn! Scott, Sandy, Tommi, Sky and of course Danette!! LA haben sie sich also rausgesucht... da wär ich jetzt auch gerne dabei ;-) Hab grad mit Sandy geschrieben, "sooo excited but scared of flying"... understandable... Cheryl war auch immer so nett... die hat uns damals die T-Shirts gebastelt... soooo toll!!! Und Scott mit seinem Banner, ich kann mir das so richtig gut vorstellen.... *lach* *heul* *lach*