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Young scholars around Estacada discuss the start of the school year, what they're looking forward to

Classes in the Estacada School District resumed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and a reporter with The Estacada News sat down to discuss the start of another year of learning with Finlay Pelton, a third-grader at Clackamas River Elementary School; Taleah Cruikshank, a fifth-grader at River Mill Elementary School; Tayson Trujillo, a sixth-grader at Estacada Middle School; and Chloe Hersey, a junior at Estacada High School.

Here's what they had to say:

Finlay Pelton

Estacada News: What did you like most about summer vacation?

Finlay Pelton: Summer vacation, in general, has good parts and bad parts. It's not the best but it's still really good. You can do what you like and you have more time to do stuff. But in some cases some people have more work and less play. At school, there are opportunities to play, but they might have to have a summer job. You flip a coin and it can land head or tails. There's a 50 percent chance your cousin could come over and ruin everything. Summer vacation makes me happy. It should make others happy too.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Finlay Pelton is in the third grade at Clackamas River Elementary School.

EN: How was the first week back at school?

FP: It was good. It was happy. I like seeing people come in and seeing new classrooms and a new teacher. Going back, I got to see old friends. I know everyone in my class.

EN: What's your favorite subject?

FP: People say recess, but that's not a subject. I like writing and drawing. Writing is basically the first form of reading. Instead of reading it, you're creating it. It's like art. Writing and art go together like glue.

EN: What are you looking forward to most this year?

FP: I want to make new friends. The purpose of school is learning, having fun and making friends. Without that, what would school be?

Taleah Cruikshank

Estacada News: What was the most exciting part about your summer vacation?

Taleah Cruikshank: Going to Washington with my brother. It was so, so cool. It wasn't stormy but it wasn't super hot either.

EN: How was the first week back at school?

TC: It was really cool. I didn't know who was going to be in my class. I'm super glad Anika is in my class.

EN: What's your favorite subject?ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Taleah Cruikshank is in the fifth grade at River Mill Elementary School.

TC: I'm really good at reading, and I like writing too. And math is fun, so basically all of them.

EN: What are you looking forward to most this year?

TC: Going on field trips and fun stuff like that. Open house is really cool, but sometimes my dad says embarrassing things about my childhood.

EN: What do you think the best part of being in fifth grade will be?

TC: This year, nobody can boss me around except for teachers.

Tayson Trujillo

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Tayson Trujillo is in the sixth grade at Estacada Middle School.

Estacada News: What was the most exciting part of your summer vacation?

Tayson Trujillo: Everything. We went to Wyoming for river rafting and Idaho to have a reunion with family.

EN: How was the first week back at school?

TT: I felt kind of nervous.

EN: What's it like being in middle school?

TT: It feels like chaos. There are a lot of people, and switching classes.

EN: What's your favorite class?

TT: Astronomy. We talk about the stars and how they work.

EN: What are you looking forward to most about this year?

TT: Going on field trips.

Chloe Hersey

Estacada News: What was the best part of your summer vacation?

Chloe Hersey: Going to Washington for a week. We went to Wild Waves and hung out with family.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Chloe Hersey is a junior at Estacada High School.

EN: How was the first week back at school?

CH: It's been good. I feel like this year is going to be better than previous years. People seem more involved and together.

EN: What's your favorite class?

CH: U.S. History. I like knowing what has happened and what we've done, and stuff that we can fix.

EN: What are you looking forward to most this year?

CH: I'm excited for the sports games. We all come together. And I'm excited for the Rising Up program. Some students were selected to be leaders to freshmen, and keep the freshman involved and know that being a freshman isn't that bad.

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