The wait is finally over!

One hundred and two names were pulled from the Waxahachie Global High lottery on Monday, April 30, for the school’s inaugural class of freshmen.

The deadline for submitting student applications to WGH was March 30 and as of that date, 108 applications were submitted.

The names of the applicants were placed in a hopper and were drawn by Deputy Superintendent David Truitt, and recorded and certified by Billie Stephenson.

The final selection includes 102 names instead of the 100 because there were only two names left after the lottery was completed.

“After the determination that WGH could accommodate the additional two students, a decision was made to include them in the freshmen class,” said planning team member Carol Bush.

After finalizing the list, WGH administration assistant Cheri Vincent made phone calls to the students and parents notifying them of their selection.

“Monday involved a great deal of excitement and anticipation,” Headmaster Portia Butler said. “Several students and parents called to verify their being chosen as part of the first class at Waxahachie Global High and Cheri said that it was great being able to be the one to deliver the good news of being accepted into Global High.”

WGH received about eight student applications after the announced deadline. The names of those applicants have been placed on a waiting list for inclusion in a second lottery drawing if it is determined additional spots are available.

The administrative planning team is excited that the freshman class has been determined and is looking forward to welcoming the students to WGH Fish Camp in August.

“We are very excited about the new freshmen class,” Butler said. “We are embarking on a new venture in education that is going to be a great benefit not only to the students of Global High, but to the entire community of Waxahachie as well.”

Upcoming dates include Fish Camp (freshmen orientation), which will be held Aug. 8-10 with the first day of school Monday, Aug. 27.

In 2008, the school will expand to 200 students, as the next class of freshmen will enter with each grade limited to a maximum of 100 students.

In 2010, as the first class enters its senior year, the school will reach its maximum enrollment of 400 students.

Global High is being funded primarily through numerous grants, including Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM), Texas Education Agency, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Office of the Governor and Communities Foundation of Texas.

E-mail Chicarra at chicarra.dense@waxahachiedailylight.com