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The start of school for District 1 students is less than one week away.

     Over the summer, hundreds of new students moved to the area and our now enrolled in the Williston School District, but when the bell rings next Monday they won't be the only anxious people in building.

     Williston Middle and High School are both under the direction of new principals, and they are both looking forward to the new year. 

 Jason Germundson graduated from Williston High School in 1990, and for the last 9 years has been the assistant principal there. Now, he is the principal, and says it's an honor to be in charge of his alma mater.

 

     "It's everything that I imagined it would be. Every day is different, but every day I get to talk with students, help students, help teachers. That's the exciting part of my job now," said Williston High School Principal Jason Germundson.

 Germundson is going to be in charge of one of the largest student bodies in recent memory.

      "Yesterday we got 20 new students in one day. Our enrollment is, last year we were just slightly over 800 hovered around 800, now we're at 940," added Germundson.

 Germundson says more students isn't a bad thing, it will help the schools extracurricular activities. Over at the Middle School, Duane Noeske is taking over the reins of the school.

      "I have butterflies just like the new 7th graders coming in. I'm excited, I'm nervous, I want everything to go well," said Williston Middle School Principal Duane Noeske.

 Middle School enrollment is right around 450 students.

      "We're trying to take 7th and 8th graders, and have them grow, become the next step in their life, to be eventually productive citizens in the world," Noeske added.

 

Noeske says the best part of his job is watching kids grow into young adults. As principal of the high school, Germundson says one of the things he is going to focus on is getting some pride back in the school.

      Germundson "As a 40 something year old man I still bleed orange and black, and I talk to my friends that are still in Williston and we still have that coyote pride. I want to instill that in these young kids that when they leave, hey you're a Williston coyote, you'll always be a coyote. Bleed orange and black, go coyotes kind of a thing," added Noeske.

 Germundson says the pride is already there, he just wants to raise the bar.

 

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