The Miami Trace Local School District held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning as they prepared to complete the puzzle with a new high school scheduled to open in 2019.
Students helped to break ground with two students from each grade taking turns to move some dirt for the ceremony. Students included Drake Ecton, Esmeralda Rodriguez Pena, Adailya Ridings, Braxton Harris, Alyvia Atkinson, Zane Carner, Tanner Eggleton, Anslee Combs, Jimmy Woodruff and Asucel Cruz.
Each grade was represented. Other students involved were Konner May, Sue Morris, Jesse Daniels, Anna Williams, Pedro Arreguin, Jarya Hassell, Kamdon Satterfield, Katelyn Lewis, Madyson Adkins, J.J. Puckett, Abbigayle Pettit, James Munro and Wes Gandee.
The final students involved in the groundbreaking and balloon launch were Destiny Peterson, Logan Graham and Faith Halloway.
The administration also released 329 balloons, which represent the sum of the graduation years in the current student body. Starting with 17 (for the class of 2017) and ending on 30 (for the class of 2030).
Guests, administration, the Miami Trace Board of Education and others were on hand to congratulate the school district and accept the golden spade, a symbol of the work to come.