By Natalia Alamdari
Flatwater Free Press 

Lone Frosh: At one Nebraska school, the entire freshman class is just Bailley


January 11, 2024

Gracie Smith | Flatwater Free Press

Lone student • Bailley Leibert takes notes at Loup County Public School on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2023. Leibert doesn't mind being in a freshman class all by herself. "Sometimes it's just easier."

TAYLOR – Bailley Leibert walks into civics class and plops her sunflower-print backpack onto an empty table. The 15-year-old rummages for her notebook and colored pens.

Around her are enough chairs to seat 10 students.

But today, and every day, there are nine empty seats. It's just the ninth-grader and social studies teacher Ken Wright – an unintentional private lesson for the only freshman in this school.

At Loup County High School, Bailley is the sole member of the class of 2027. The class was entirely empty for three years before she moved to the village of Taylor this school year.


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