Dedication and love of music brought Karenn Marold, 18, back to school early to help prepare new band members for their first year.
Also, she said, "I'm so bored, I can't wait to get back to school."
"This is where I get to be with all of my friends," said Karenn, a trombone player who recently joined several Patterson High School band members for a hot afternoon's practice days before the start of school.
Two other band members, Brian Pisani, 16 and Scott Guinto, 17, were downright joyful about their return to school.
"I can't wait to get back, because I'm a senior and this is it!" Brian said.
"Yes!" Scott agreed, but admitted, "I know for sure we definitely do not want to come back because of classes."
Not everyone shares their enthusiasm. At Beaver Dam Swim Club, Lawrence Lanaham, a 16-year-old who attends John Carroll High School in Bel Air, was dripping from some final summer jumps off a favored rope swing.
"Two weeks ago I dreaded the thought of returning," he said. "But I know it is inevitable, and so I have adjusted."
Jeffery Bonsiero, who turns 6 on Sept. 26, will enter Ms. Patrick's first-grade class at Stoneleigh Elementary. Jeffery's vision of school is yet untainted.
The brown-haired youngster, who will ride the bus with his 9-year-old brother, Michael, thinks he is real big stuff.
"I have my lunch box; it has 101 Dalmatians on it and I'm going to show it to Ms. Patrick," he said with pride.
For 13-year-old Tara Krebs, about to be a freshman at Mercy High School in Baltimore, there is only the reality of Tuesday, Sept. 3, 9:15 a.m. "I'm nervous as can be. This year is going to be hard," she said.
"I like the first and last week of school, and nothing in the middle," Tara said. "I bet being at Mercy will change this. I hope."
School begins Tuesday for students in Baltimore and in Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Anne Arundel County students will begin Tuesday, except for kindergartners . Half of them will begin Friday, the rest will start Sept. 9.