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As youngsters enter Clinton Middle School for the first time on Friday, their faces tell the story.

"Seriously, it was probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen," said Molly Shannon, 11.

There are high fives to welcome kids to the new gym.  Plus, plenty of cheers for their new school.

"It's huge," Shannon continued.  "It's going to be great."

Some 800 6-8th graders will begin studying here on December 3.

Friday's tour is a chance to check out classrooms.  It's really a new era in education.

"I feel proud," said Evan Harden, 13.  "It's exciting to be here."

Back in June, the $20 million project was still a work in progress.

A penny sales tax is paying for the new school.  It's also supporting a variety of district upgrades.

The academic space will help kids to focus on the important STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

But there's also room for creativity.  Inside an Art classroom, students will be able to design and display their work.

"Each and every day, we talk about respect, responsibility and giving your best effort," said Principal Dan Boyd.  "That includes being part of the team."

From a sleek design outside, to sharp signage inside, this school is ready for learning.

Visitors are welcome at an Open House.  It will take place from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., on Sunday, November 9.

The school is located at 1350 14th St. NW in Clinton.

"I think it's going to make history," Shannon concluded.  "I feel really special and honored to do this."

For these kids, it's definitely something to cheer about.