Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007

Good Counsel opens with largest freshman class

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School began its first full school year at its new Olney campus on Monday.

The incoming freshman class of 358 students is the largest class in the school’s 49-year history, school officials reported. The total enrollment is 1,200 students, also the largest in its history.

‘‘This freshman class has the highest number of honors candidates we have ever had, and earned more than $200,000 in merit scholarships,” said Melissa Huey-Burns, the school’s director of marketing and public relations.

The freshmen come from 80 middle schools, and the number of students coming from other counties, such as Howard, Carroll and Frederick, has also increased, she said.

‘‘It’s always fun to start the new year and see the excited and somewhat nervous freshman class getting ready to start the new school year,” Principal Jack Graham said. ‘‘We have great expectations for this group and look forward to working with them in the coming year.”

The school’s athletic fields are now ready for use, as is the new athletic training room.

Twenty new teachers have been hired to reduce class size to an average of 20 students, school officials said.

‘‘We’re looking forward to a great school year,” Huey-Burns said.