MARGIE PAGE / Star Beacon THE JEFFERSON High School Marching Band prepares to play Sunday after the dedication of the new Jefferson Area Junior and Senior High School.

JEFFERSON — There is a lot for a stage manager to think about the week before a big performance.

But Jefferson High School senior Sarah Paul is marveling at her good luck — and the historic significance — of the first student play in the new, $3 million Jefferson Area Junior and Senior High School auditorium.

“Oh, the auditorium is so amazing it is unreal,” Paul said. “I mean, I am so grateful to be able to use such an amazing stage. I gasp every time I go in there.”

The Jefferson Players will present “Good News” Nov. 6, 7, and 8.

“The acoustics in the auditorium are so good and the lighting is fantastic. The seats are really comfortable and it is amazing to think it is ours to use,” Paul said.

Jefferson students, parents, teachers, administrators and alumni toured the new building Sunday after the formal dedication of the school.

“I know the gym isn’t done yet,” senior Joslin Landis said, “but the basketball hoops are all in and they all have nice, new nets. When they say it is state-of-the-art, they mean it.”

Landis said there is one thing she is not looking forward to in the new gym.

“This is a college-sized gym, so there area a few more yards to run when we are doing sprints,” she said.

Misty Hussing, 17, said she is proud to be in the very first graduating class of the new school.

“It marks our class in Jefferson history,” she said.

Mike Edison, 16, said he is sentimental about the old high school.

“This school is such a big improvement over the old school,” he said. “There are a lot of memories in the old school, but I guess it is time to make new memories here.”

Mary Stevenson, of Ashtabula, toured the building to see where her grandson, John Davis, will spend his days.

“What a beautiful school,” she said. “Any kid would could go to school here would be fortunate.”

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