Alice had been hired seasonally to help upper classmen with their SAT scores and applying for scholarships; she also provided career counseling to those interested. It had been the best money Bekah had spent in recent years, aside from hiring Brooklyn and Rosabella to round out the staffing.
This years juniors and seniors seemed to be all over the board. The Picasso twins were especially low in their scoring, which didn’t matter much for Flint who had already signed papers to join the military. It was a problem for Jett though who had hoped to attend Eastborough. Bekah had to suggest summer school at the local community college if he wanted even a chance at acceptance to EU.
Dean had scored quite well, and already knew his intention to join the Law Enforcement, just wasn’t sure if he wanted to go into the police force or intelligence. The surprise was that Willa had top marks for her graduating class, Bekah couldn’t have been more proud, though Willa would never acknowledge it.
Alice didn’t really enjoy being at the high school, she’d spent it pining over boys that didn’t like her, to grow up and still not have a boyfriend. Some of the kids, like Flint were especially hostile towards her. She understood that he had his life planned out, but this was a mini-course that the education department paid for, he might as well just suck it up and deal with it.
Bekah wasn’t concerned if Alice didn’t enjoy coming back to her old stomping grounds. She got plenty sick of her pupils and this was her chosen career. It seemed natural that kids and especially teens could be rather irksome. Especially when Bea Woodfolk and Michael Popper couldn’t stop fighting. It had gone on so long that neither even remembered why they hated one another.
Breaking up fights was not something that had been in Bekah’s dreams when she thought of educating the next generations.
They were beginning to be a regular staple to the office chairs, and Bea’s tears did not bring out any sympathy with Bekah. She was Willa’s mother, and consequently her daughter was besties with Bea, she knew the routine.
Calling them into the office one at a time, and deciding whether to call the parents was always something that Bekah hated. There didn’t seem any point in talking, and there was no real victim in their discord.
Bekah wasn’t feeling charitable, she blatantly told Bea that her dreams of being a Broadway actress were diminishing with each fight. She’d be more inclined to be booked by Dean in a few years and be infamous than anything on the glamorous end of things.
If they were the only students who didn’t get along then Bekah might have been more patient, but they weren’t. Roman and Gemma were constantly bickering, it was just a matter of time before things escalated further.
High school wasn’t always cake for the students ether, Bea found it difficult outside of Michael which was just an annoyance. Her and Willa had always enjoyed working out together, they were one of the few girls that didn’t mind PE. But when Milo London made it known that he had a crush on her, it threw a wrench in one of her favorite classes.
She had a boyfriend, she was serious about Jett, even if she’d just found out that he might need summer school instead of graduating this spring. Naturally, Willa went over to instigate and find out what Milo had on his mind in relation to Bea.
While Willa was just stringing along Flint, who Bea was starting to pity, Bea really had no interest in breaking up with Jett. Milo liking her made her feel embarrassed.
Jett graduated in a few months, but Milo still had another whole year at the school. She hoped that things didn’t get awkward between them. She hated hurting people, unless it was that jerk Michael.
Ella Carver would have given anything to change places with Bea. She didn’t have any friends that were girls, but Scarlett was always nice to her. She would encourage her shots in basketball, but Ella always knew she’d miss before she’d taken the shot; she always did.
Disappointing people since conception.
Jake Grimsley seemed a nice kid, but he wasn’t impressed having her as a cooking partner. She was notorious for messing everything up, and he let it be known that he had cooked just fine at home before, and if they didn’t pass their kitchen grade, it was on her.
Ella didn’t think that was entirely fair, but she had no choice on partner.
She couldn’t help but think that the other teams were working together more.
Jake spent his time asking Miss Brooklyn questions, and feigning ignorance while Ella worked through the homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. She’d made it from a box before without too many complications.
Monroe and Bea finished their macaroni ahead of schedule, which likely meant they had rubbery noodles, but Monroe didn’t mind. He came by and jokingly messed up Ella’s hair. She knew with him it wasn’t hateful, he was goofy with everyone in the school. He barely could keep a straight face to save his life.
The rest of the class was moving towards the sewing machines, when Ella returned to their macaroni and found it burning. Jake was nowhere in sight, apparently getting excused to use the restroom.
Brooklyn came to investigate the burning smell and Jake came in to lay all the blame on Ella, using his bathroom as the excuse he hadn’t helped. Ella tried to defend herself, even threw in Monroe’s name, but it didn’t change their grade from failing.
She spent the end of the class working alone on a potholder. Lily-Mae went around helping Miss Brooklyn with the lesson, as she was already an accomplished seamstress and could sew better than the teacher. Ella didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, she knew that adulthood hadn’t worked out in her Mom’s favor, and she couldn’t feign hopefulness that it would be different for her.
Dean Goss found himself the eye of attention, most of the girls in his school confessed to a crush on him, if it wasn’t boldly like Willa, then it was on the uni-sex locker walls. It wasn’t easy having so many like him, when he felt that none really knew him. Only one did, and while he knew she crushed on him, he truly only thought of her as a kid sister.
He still cared for Evie, their long-distance relationship from opposite towns wasn’t easy, and most couldn’t do it, but he was serious when he was in a relationship. He was grateful that Ella didn’t try to act on her feelings towards him, it would have made their friendship difficult.
He met her between classes on the second floor, he’d made her a brick in Shop class. He knew she’d get a kick out of it, and it would mean more to her than anyone else.
They caught up about their days, it was the only time Ella ever seemed animated. He worried about her in the high school after he graduated. He couldn’t exactly force her to make friends, or open up to others. There were plenty of girls that would be nice to her if she only allowed them the opportunity.
In the lower grades, life balanced between being young and being teens. The classes were more trying, but also more liberating. There seemed more of a camaraderie amongst them as they made their way through the giant high school halls.
Bekah hoped that each student had the opportunity to find something they were passionate about, and having a strong arts program was important to her. All of the students enjoyed the art classes even if they weren’t destined to be the next Michelangelo.
Eden Fink sat alone at lunch, she might have been a candidate for Ella if she wasn’t in seventh grade and in different classes.
The boys in the lower grades all got along, they sat together, and while Holden wasn’t allowed to be friends with Chaz, due to his sister’s command; he actually liked the guy.
Vivienne and Cicely joined the cafeteria already as best friends, but it was easy to make a group. They were both friendly and genuine, even Vivienne who had a hobby of make-up and clothes was not cruel like some of the upperclass girls.
They would have allowed Eden to sit with them, but none were paying attention that she decided to sit alone. They hadn’t ever been excluded to realize they may be intimidating, so they remained oblivious to Eden’s loneliness.
At the end of the semester four would be graduating, and Bekah found herself wondering if she’d done all she could for that class, especially since her daughter, Willa was in that group. She hoped she’d given them the tools they needed for the next stage, and started focusing on the ones that would be back in the fall.
Everything would different in the fall, she would be a Grandma in September, and maybe one day their principal too. She sat down at her desk and started looking over changes she could do to make Jefferson High the best in the state.
Notes: Jake is not a mean kid, but him and Ella did not hit it off, and he would not stop talking to Brooklyn, which isn’t surprising since he has a crush on her. I think some of Ella’s friend problems stem from herself, she isn’t exactly approachable, and she’s really not very friendly. She is not mean in an aggressive way though like Willa, as she is shy on top of it. Dean is her only close friend, and she does still have a crush on him, but he is pretty adamant about loving Evie. I guess I’ll have to age Evie up with him for uni.
Jett and Flint had horribly low SAT scores, Jett got 16!! Toddlers have better scores than them, which is partially my fault as I don’t play them that often at their home. I will check Jett’s wants when he graduates in the spring to see if he wants to attend college still, and then I’ll put him through a summer school just to get him there. Then he’s on his own.
Bea did not like Milo sharing his affection towards her, and I was surprised he did that! He’s always been smitten with Linnea, and hasn’t shown interest in others. And I think it is safe to say that Willa be moving on from Flint once he heads to boot camp.
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