DODEA starts new school year overseas with focus on college, career readiness
The streets of overseas military bases were lined with yellow buses Monday morning as Department of Defense Education Activity students returned from their summer break.
For military children, the first day back to class is often the first day in a new school altogether. Such was the case for 17-year-old Marissa Fowler, who said she felt nervous to begin her senior year at Nile C. Kinnick High School on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.
“I have bad anxiety. But because I move so often, I’m better at socializing — even though inside I want to puke,” she said.
Kinnick is Fowler’s sixth school, and her family has moved 14 times for her father’s Navy career. She and her parents, Senior Chief Chris Fowler and Jennifer Fowler, came to Japan in June.
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