Simon Millett (20 years), Milo London (20 years), Ella Carver (18 years), Lily-Mae McCarthy (18 years), Alex Welsh (18 years)
Dorm living has been an adjustment for all three of the new freshmen. Lily-Mae missed her dogs more than her parents, Alex missed his siblings, and Ella missed the routine of her old life. She missed Cesar cooking breakfast, her sister grunting as she worked out in the morning, and the quiet ways her brother always understood her.
Ella Carver graduates Jefferson High with a 59 SAT score; she was one point shy of a full-ride. However, she was very pleased to receive the half-tuition, especially when paired with her other scholarships.
She received four scholarships with the Dannon Local Award and McCarthy Assistance Fund being the most prestigious. Her social worker, Kenzie helped her fill out the paperwork for the McCarthy Fund, as it is for adopted children.
She’s studying music, although she isn’t sure what she will do with it yet.
She had many regrets in her life, they piled in abundance like forgotten gumballs in an antique shop. It wasn’t new to have one now, but it was a different type. When it came to her childhood and Mom, there were many things she’d have done differently. The consequences had been heavy, but this wasn’t one of those great regrets. This was simpler, but still deep.
When he’d asked her out, she’d said no. It had seemed wise at the time; she hadn’t wanted to jeopardize the band. But on the eve of her final high school days, and no longer a band-mate, it felt like she had sacrificed too much.
Principal: Bekah Grimsley, Teachers: Brooklyn McCarthy and Rosabella Steinman
The teachers meet in the faculty room as the school buses pull up outside. Bekah obliged Brooklyn’s request to coach the soccer team, despite her baby being due in the middle of the season.
Neither Bekah nor Rosabella wanted the extra task, and Brooklyn could use the money. Everyone knew that Oliver was studying for his Masters, Bekah especially since he was hoping to replace her best friend, Lucy when she retired.
Vivienne and Cicely turn fifteen this month, and are spending the afternoon with their boyfriends. Dating is strictly forbidden until seventeen in the Russo-Traver household, all thanks to their big brother, Lewis getting a girl pregnant in high school.
Cicely had crushed on Alex ever since her Grandma Regina died. Recently they had shared their first kiss, once his girlfriend, Scarlett had left for college. They had broken up, so Cicely didn’t feel guilty. However, she just wasn’t interested in him anymore.
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Principal: Bekah Grimsley, Teachers: Brooklyn Lange and Rosabella Steinman
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.
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(Grimsley Household Profile)
Tim Grimsley (51 years), Bekah (50 years), Willa (17 years), Holden (13 years)
narrated by: Willa
Mom has been stressed about turning fifty, and the only thing that really seems to brighten her spirits is that me and the twerp, Holden have been getting along.